Ever since the monumental decision by the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage for the entire nation, the court has been quietly going about its business with little fanfare. As of yet, a major issue hasn’t been adjudicated under Trump, however, it appears that’s about to change due to battles over immigration.
The nine justices sitting on the court may be the most important protectors of America’s laws, but even they are still human, which was just highlighted by a health scare caused by one of the newer members of the court.
As reported at Politico, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had paramedics rush to her home on Friday, after suffering from symptoms of low blood sugar. In the end, it wasn’t a big deal, as she wasn’t hospitalized and went on to work after receiving a little treatment.
“She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning. She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing fine,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. “She’s at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend.”
The 63-year-old Sotomayor was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes, which she now controls through a combination of synthetic insulin injections, glucose tablets, and frequent checks of her blood sugar.
“I’m super vigilant when I’m in court,” she said in a 2013 interview with Diabetes Forecast magazine. “My most obvious sign, which I can’t see, is paleness. If I start feeling any sort of lightness coming on, I immediately check.”
Sotomayor has also said that every fall when the new law clerks arrive she gives them a crash course in how to spot the symptoms of low blood sugar, so she’ll have extra sets of eyes helping her monitor herself.
“You only have like a 15-minute lead time for the insulin to start working,” she said. “If you’re as controlled as I am, that 15 minutes is critical. You better start eating.”
While this thankfully wasn’t a serious incident, it highlights both how serious diabetes is and how quickly the potential balance of the court can be thrown off.