Like I need to be reminded I’m a Diabetic. Actually, I understand the ‘approved’ way to refer to me, or us, is as a “person(s) with Diabetes” or PWD for short. Nah, I’m a Diabetic, and it was once again, recently confirmed.
As you may know, I eat according to a schedule. I have ever since I was diagnosed and have been very successful at keeping kind of close to that schedule. It’s one of the tools I use to keep my glucose in control. Except for one day last week- I was a bad boy and did not eat when I was supposed to eat.
You see, work was busy and we were a bit short-handed, so my lunch was delayed three hours. Three hours! By the time I got to lunch, it was time for my afternoon snack. This was not good. I had a few of the symptoms of lowered blood sugar. Yes, I ate a snack. But, I truly needed to eat lunch. Which I was finally able to do.
Lesson: always have snacks nearby. For me that includes two kinds of granola bars and some hard candies.
If you are wondering what you need to keep near you, or have available, this is from the American Diabetes Association:
- Consume 15-20 grams of glucose or simple carbohydrates
- Recheck your blood glucose after 15 minutes
- If hypoglycemia continues, repeat.
- Once blood glucose returns to normal, eat a small snack if your next planned meal or snack is more than an hour or two away.
15 grams of simple carbohydrates commonly used:
- glucose tablets (follow package instructions)
- gel tube (follow package instructions)
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of juice or regular soda (not diet)
- 1 tablespoon sugar, honey, or corn syrup
- 8 ounces of nonfat or 1% milk
- hard candies, jellybeans, or gumdrops (see package to determine how many to consume)
Additional Lesson for You – if you don’t have snacks or hard candies nearby, get them. Have some with you all of the time. In fact, if you need to get a few things to take to work or keep in the car, go ahead and do it right now. I will wait…
Got them? Good.
Okay, now you know my little secret from last week. Our pharmacist, Katherine, now knows and I am am sure I will be hearing from her soon, thank you very much.
Learn from me and always have snacks close by ‘just in case.’ Controlling Diabetes means not letting your glucose get to high…or too low.
Keep fighting your War On Diabetes. You can, and will win if you are persistent.
As always, thank you for reading.