One day a while back, I was shopping at Target with A. We were going down the aisle, my CGM started beeping with a “Low Predicted” alarm – this just means that the sensor has detected a trend that my sugars are dropping. I reached in my purse and oops. My little canister of glucose tablets that I always carry with me — was empty. Ruh roh. Ok, I wasn’t “feeling” the symptoms yet but to be on the safe side, I figured we better start heading out, where I knew I did have a stash of them in the car.
We get to the register to check out, and as I’m reaching from the buggy (that’s what we call them here in the South 😉 ) to the little conveyer belt thingy, out of nowhere, I started sweating PROFUSELY. I mean the hair plastered on my forehead, sweat dripping into my eyes, kind of sweating. I felt like a robot and all I could think was I need to fix this and NOW. So I turned around and grabbed a 3 Musketeers (one of my FAVES – and when you’re that low, it’s like a “free pass”) and ripped that sucker opened and started eating it while I was still loading up the conveyer belt, all the while having the sense to at least not rip the wrapper too much so I could still pay for it. I am sure I was quite the site. And I have no doubt that based on the look on her face, the lady in line behind me was thinking “How rude – couldn’t she have at least waited to get out of line before she started eating her candy bar??”
I made it out to the car (where I waited for about 10-15 minutes before attempting to drive home) and still ate 3 glucose tablets when I got there – you are “supposed” to eat 15 g of carbs and wait 15 minutes for it to come back up … but in all reality when you’re in that moment – all you can think about is eating/drinking whatever you can find to get the number back up quickly. But there is a fine line of eating something to get your sugar up, and not eating so much that you feel bad later – either guilt (“I didn’t need to eat ALL of those cookies”) or literally feeling bad/sick from eating too much when your sugars over compensate and shoot up. It’s almost as if you get into a panic mode for a few minutes – Must.eat.whatever.I.can.RIGHT.NOW.
So if you’re ever in line at a store, and you see a sweaty person, ripping into a candy bar like he/she hasn’t eaten in days ….. don’t judge. 😉