An employee at a Burger King is getting recognition for going above and beyond when a customer started slurring during her drive-thru order.
As customer Rebecca Boening explained on Facebook, she was leaving her aunt’s funeral on Dec. 6 when she realized her blood sugar was plummeting.
Boening quickly tried to pull into a nearby Burger King to order some food and a soda. But as her sugar level continued to drop, Boening struggled to articulate her order.
Boening wrote on Facebook:
As I stumbled through placing my order I mentioned to the voice on the speaker that I was diabetic and in need of food. Low blood sugar makes it difficult to think or act.
After placing her order, Boening pulled up to the first window to pay for her food. That’s when she saw Burger King employee Tina Hardy running toward her car with an ice cream.
I was shocked.
Hardy squeezed between the car and the window to deliver ice cream. She explained that her husband has Type 1 diabetes and she knew Boening needed help.
After Hardy went inside to give Boening her order, she told Boening she would be happy to keep an eye on her until she felt better. Boening parked in a nearby parking lot.
When Boening felt better, she walked up to Hardy and took a picture. She told the manager about Hardy’s good deed and posted about it on Facebook:
Hopefully Tina Hardy will receive the recognition that she truly deserves from the public and from the big bosses at Burger King.
Since Boening posted her story, the post has gone viral, with more than 220,000 shares on Facebook. Hundreds of people have commented to commend Hardy for her swift and thoughtful actions:
Many diabetic patients and family members of diabetic patients wrote that they could relate to the feeling of having low blood sugar:
According to leading research organization for Type 1 diabetes JDRF, diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person stops producing insulin, a hormone that regulates sugar in the blood.
There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, and there aren’t any preventative measures. Patients with Type 1 diabetes are constantly managing their own blood sugar levels, typically by injecting insulin. If blood sugar levels become too high or too low, it can become life-threatening.
Some of the warning signs of low blood sugar, according to Type One Nation, include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision
Some of the severe symptoms include convulsions, seizure, or even loss of consciousness. If a person is experiencing low blood sugar, it is crucial they eat or drink a substance that contains glucose.
Notably, if the person is unable to eat or drink, you should not administer food as it could block the airways. It’s best to administer emergency glucagon, if it’s available. Call 911 if a person is unconscious or is showing extreme signs of low blood sugar.
Thanks to the quick thinking of Hardy, Boening was able to recover from her low blood sugar in the comfort of her car knowing that someone was watching over her.
Boening wrote she typically has a Diet Coke and some snacks in her car, but a family member had recently finished her last soda.
In an interview with Dearly, Boening said she was grateful for the opportunity to share her story with others:
“We all need to take care of each other. Remember the barn raising from yesteryear? How everyone pitched together to help and another? I think we need to go back to those way to thinking. Tina Hardy believes in helping others and giving of herself to others. She is a very special person and I cannot thank her enough.”
Now Boening is raising money on YouCaring to thank Hardy for going above and beyond.
For the many families out there who are living with Type 1 diabetes patients, like mine, it feels comforting to know there are people like Hardy in the world who are willing to help when they see someone struggling.