Meet the founder - being diagnosed.
My name is Kris Maynard and my company is Glucose Revival. When I was three years into my military career, my life changed. I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. This is my diabetes story and the story of the Glucose Revival necklace.
After the military.
After my military service, I became a firefighter and EMT. The EMT classes I took taught me the basics about diabetes, but my actual learning came through life’s lessons. The doctor who diagnosed me with diabetes told me it was better to have lower blood sugar because of the long-term damage high blood sugar causes to the major organs. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, amputations, heart attacks, and strokes. This scared me but my thought was that life throws curveballs, but I’d rather the curveball come from me rather than someone else.
Fast forward 10 years.
I was now working full time as a firefighter/EMT. This meant working crazy hours, including overnights. Working at the fire station one night, we were dispatched to an automatic fire alarm. After waking up, I remember walking like a zombie and climbing up into the driver’s seat and freezing. My captain was yelling, “Let’s go, let’s go,” but I didn't respond. My captain asked if I was OK. Quickly I figured out, with the help of others, my blood sugar was low. Because of this, I lost my job as I was putting people at risk.
After losing my job I went to my doctor asking for help. It was an easy decision for my doctor and me to begin using an insulin pump and controlled glucose monitoring. With a change of diet, constant blood sugar monitoring, and my ever-present insulin pump, I was able to get my firefighting job back and hold it to this day.
Glucose Revival is born.
On a camping trip with my sons, we finished our marshmallow roast and went to bed. The next thing I knew, an ambulance crew was rubbing the glucose gel in my mouth. My blood sugar had dropped, I started convulsing. My son gave me glucagon, but I didn’t respond. My son then called 911, and the ambulance crew administered glucose gel to my gums. I came to, wasn’t transported, and I wondered for the next few hours how I let this happen. I suddenly wondered why I hadn’t thought to carry my own glucose gel for such personal emergencies. So I took an old necklace, added a Medical Alert badge to it, and filled the plastic tubing with glucose gel. Now I had a wearable form of treatment for my next low blood sugar emergency. At my quarterly appointment, my endocrinologist noticed my necklace and asked what I was wearing. I explained my quick fix, and she then said, “What a simple solution to an all too common problem; you need to make this available to everyone.” This was the birth of the Glucose Revival Thrive Medical Alert Necklace.
The Glucose Revival necklace is discreet, carries 15g of glucose gel, and is immediately available to the diabetic or those around him or her to use. This is the same solution that EMTs administer daily to those suffering low blood sugar emergencies.
Why we exist.
There are 30 million diabetics in the USA, and 6 million of them are on insulin. Each is at risk of low blood sugar emergencies. On average, adults aged 18 years or older visit the emergency room 282,000 times for hypoglycemic episodes. The Glucose Revival necklace can help all diabetics avoid emergency room visits and provide a safety window not available until now.
I want to help with the most common diabetic problem associated with diabetes: hypoglycemia or low blood sugar emergencies. The Glucose Revival necklace does that. The American Diabetes Association recommends every diabetic to carry 15 grams of glucose. The Glucose Revival necklace offers 15 grams in an easy to carry, easy to find, and easy to use form. I want to help because I’m a firefighter; I want to help because I’m a diabetic. I don’t want to see another job lost because of Diabetes.
Just imagine, diabetics not having to worry about running, biking, swimming, camping, hiking, skiing and most of all LIVING, living without the worry of how to take care of the next low blood sugar.