I second TC's comments about being persistent and patient - I find that hypo-me (my alter ego) is incredibly stubborn!! She doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do :) - and yes, it is like another personality within me that only comes out when hypo.
I've only had one coma requiring an ambo/trip to hospital, but that was 10 years ago, when I was 13. So I don't remember too much, but the biggest thing was the shock and confusion when I was coming to - last I remembered, I was in my Geography class at school, not in the back of an ambulance. So I think it's worth mentioning that to the group, I was absolutely terrified - what happened in this big gap in my memory?? And losing control, of your self, of the situation, and of your health - when I do need assistance (even if it's minor) there is that feeling of shame that I couldn't handle it myself - but everyone sees that differently I guess. There's also the fear of blame - I often would rather not go to the hospital (with my parents' support) because when you get there, often the doctors give you the "bad diabetic" spiel, and can't just accept that every now and then, s*** happens!! I would much rather learn from my mistakes and move on. So sometimes there is that fear to contend with too, but once again it's very individual.
So I think a lot of reassurance, patience, etc is needed in that first coming-to phase. Answering their questions, reassuring them that the situation is under control. I was more concerned over what I'd done with my school books, as I had them before I passed out - but thankfully some of the older students found them strewn across the school yard, and gave them back to me later - such kindness :) It's those sorts of things that a paramedic might not see as a big problem, but the patient might - it could be something as simple as "did I feed the cat?"
Hope the group goes well :)
"It is through the bitterness of disease that we learn the sweetness of health"