Monday, January 19, 2015

Leslie and Drew's Story--Insomnia, Blood Sugar Spikes. Meter Removed, Health Improves.

DTE put the smart meter on my home in July of 2012. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, I experienced horrible insomnia, memory loss, headaches, and feelings like I was going crazy. I didn’t know the meter had been installed (I hadn’t even heard of smart meters), and I couldn’t understand why I—who had always been a great sleeper—suddenly couldn’t sleep anymore. That was my first sign that something was wrong. I began talking to my friends about it, and one of them said, “Do you have a smart meter?” That’s when I learned what they were. I called DTE (this was in August of 2012) and found out the meter had been put on my house in July—at exactly the time I became unable to sleep. DTE refused to help me. I began sleeping in a tent in my backyard because I couldn't sleep in my home, and now I knew why.

My 16-year-old son Drew was sleeping just fine, and thought maybe I was a bit crazy because I was suddenly having all these terrible symptoms. Drew was diagnosed at age 14 with juvenile diabetes. Once on medication, his blood sugar levels (A1c’s) were perfect. He is a patient at Mott’s Children’s Hospital.
About 2 months after the smart meter went on our home (Drew’s bedroom being four feet from the meter), we went to the endocrinologist for his regular check-up. We were astounded to learn that his blood sugar levels had shot up from 6.8 to 9.5—a very dangerous level! I didn't have to think twice and immediately pulled that damn meter off my house! Love beats out fear.

I took my meter off in January of 2013. Drew had an appointment with his endocrinologist less than a month later, and by then his A1c’s had dropped back to an almost normal range. Three months later, they were normal again. I am enclosing  a chart of Drew’s A1c’s from Mott’s Hospital showing his levels before, during, and after the smart meter. You can see the effect pulling off the smart meter had on his levels.

I believe health is our only true wealth, and I will never have a smart meter on my home again.

Leslie Panzica-Glapa
Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan
DTE Customer

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