For some reason, it seems to be a common occurrence for us diabetics to go low while shopping. I used to think it was just me, but I’ve read enough blogs now to see that it happens to a lot of us for some unknown reason. I’ve even “heard” some people say that they are convinced Target must shoot insulin through the vents 😉 I know it’s probably considered an activity .. but trust me, I’m not runnning up and down any aisles at the grocery store.
I hate getting lows while I’m at the store for a few different reasons.
The first being the obvious… Feeling disoriented, difficulty concentrating, etc, which leads to usually either not getting everything on my list, or getting things not on my list. This weekend I got a much needed break (I have 4 week old twins at home, and a 5 year old that has been running a fever all weekend) so what do I do with my free time? Head to Wal-Mart. 🙂 (Hey, I’ll take what I can get!) It was a crazy day (see above: twins/fever) so even though it was 2:00 PM, I had not yet eaten lunch. (Don’t judge) I made a sandwich and ate it in the car. My BG was 126 – perfect. I bolused for my turkey sandwich and chips and scarfed it downing my way. About 15 minutes into my shopping I started seeing spots. I was standing at the meat aisle and could not concentrate on what I was looking for. I had brought a list of things I wanted to cook for the week, but could not make sense of the recipes enough to collaborate a list of groceries. Then I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a couple of years… Recognized her but couldn’t think of her name, or her daughter’s (which is how we knew each other in the first place) … So I tried to keep the conversation brief. She probably formed some opinions after our chat… I’m sure it was obvious something was “off”. 😦 (I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know I’m diabetic.)
Another reason I hate having lows while shopping is that I have this weird thing about not reaching into my purse or pockets in a store. I always feel like someone is going to think I’m stealing something. I know… I’m weird. So when I pull my buggy over into an empty aisle to dig in my purse to pull out my meter and look for the glucose tabs that I’m praying I refilled last time I emptied it (thank goodness this time I had) I always imagine someone watching the security camera, keeping an eye on me. But I did find that empty aisle, checked my BG and it was 60. No clue why it dropped, and especially why so quickly..but it did. And I quickly ate 4 glucose tabs (usually only eat 3 but I needed a quick fix) and waited a couple of minutes for my head to become uncloudy before heading to check out. There were a few things I didn’t get but by that point I just wanted to come home.
Moral of the story: Diabetes can even work itself into affecting a simple trip to the grocery store.