question about insulin shock...please help!

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   Posted 3/7/2005 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all!  I am new here, but I am really xcited to get involved.  My question has to do with a show I am currently directing.  I am directing "Steele Magnolias"  coming up here in the end of March.  Today, I realized that I do not know enough about insulin shock.  In the first scene, Shelby, goes into insulin shock on the day of her wedding.  I was giving her suggestions of wht kinds of things she should be doing....shaking, getting hot, weakness, change in character...I really would love some help!  What does somebody in insulin shock "look like"?  What do they do?  Thank you for your help!!!

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   Posted 3/7/2005 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi teach,
You got it pretty much, Mild shaking, sweating, looking tired, in the extreme they may apear to be drunk, but that would prob be too overboard for the stage.
I would have them be weak, dizzy, need to sit down, but calm about it, while the others around her over reacting to it, " OMG gwhat do we do?!?!, get her some sugar, get her a candy bar" etc.. I dont know the scene, haven't seen the play and not sure where you want to go with it.
I could go on but then I used to direct plays also, old directors never die we just need a new script! LOL
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   Posted 3/8/2005 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, yeah you guys pretty much have it. The only thing i would add is confusion. When i'm that low i get very confused and frustrated. I think Julia Roberts did an excellent job in the movie!

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   Posted 3/10/2005 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
hi theaterteacher ; i am a diabetic type 2  but when u r going in shock everyone said the sweating dizzy ,tiredness and some mild shaking the only thing u could do is give them orange juice ,or candy ,stay with them until they come around or call 911 ....that is all i know and hope i was a help for u and good luck in your play ...i would like to see that play  and good lucj and GOD BLESS YOU .... :-)
................Take Care All....GOD BLESS and KEEP you WELL...................Franny

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   Posted 3/11/2005 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you all! you have been very helpful!
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