Sometimes autism has its upsides, like the fact that many people on the autism spectrum have incredible memories and know a lot about some of the most minute things. On March 2 News Chief reports that having Asperger's, a form of autism, may have been the only thing that helped Michael Dupuis save his teacher's aide from going into diabetic shock.
Michael's mom says that last year, she told her son of things that he should look for if Grandma was over because she had diabetes. She also told him if she every started showing signs of a diabetic shock, that he should get juice and get an adult. Luckily, because of the type of autism that Michael has, he is fantastic at memorizing details and filing them in his brain.
It was even more lucky for Michael's teacher's Aide Audrey McCulskey who has diabetes. When Michael was sitting with her eating his breakfast at school, he noticed that she was sweating profusely and started shaking. After feeling her head and noticing that she was hot, he went and got a box of orange juice from the lunch lady and instructed his aide to drink it. He then went and told his teacher that the aide's forehead felt clammy.
When someone's blood sugar falls below 50 seizures, diminished mental function, and unconsciousness are all likely possibilities. McCulskey was found by the paramedics with a blood sugar of 26. She says that Michael saved his life.
When the school called Michael's parents to tell her of his heroic deed, she told that he was a very special person and knew he always had it in him.