Paramedics were called to the Washington home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, where she was found suffering from an episode of low blood sugar.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told POLITICO that Sotomayor was not hospitalized as a result of the incident.
“She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning,” Arberg said Friday. “She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing fine. She’s at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend.”
Sotomayor, who lives in an an apartment near Washington’s Shaw and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes. The 63-year-old justice now controls her condition with a combination of synthetic insulin injections, glucose tablets and regular checks of her blood sugar.
Following Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama, her doctor released a statement noting that she practices “tight control” of her diabetes, a method of intensive diabetes self-management that involves keeping blood glucose levels as close as possible to normal without causing severe or frequent episodes of low blood sugar.
“I’m super vigilant when I’m in court,” Sotomayor 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.”
According to Sotomayor, when her new law clerks arrive each autumn, she explains to them the symptoms of a low blood sugar episode and their treatment.
“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.”