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October 5, 2010

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Question from Westminster, Colorado, USA:

We have a diabetic student here at school who is suddenly claiming that he can't remember things, such as how he got to school, what his schedule is, etc. However, he can remember things like his locker combination or phone numbers. His levels are testing normal but he keeps complaining of dizziness and not being able to remember. His dad actually had him hospitalized over the weekend because of the school's concern but, besides saying the forgetfulness was probably a complication of his diabetes, nothing happened. Today, he collapsed during recess saying he was too dizzy to stand. Anyway, we don't know whether he is faking it or whether to be concerned. He is missing a lot of class and the family is under financial stress as it is. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

Answer:

It sounds like he needs a comprehensive evaluation done by his pediatrician, a pediatric neurologist, a pediatric psychiatrist and a pediatric cardiologist. I would encourage you to continue to relay your concerns to the parents and suggest an urgent referral for a comprehensive evaluation.

MSB