I sat there and tested my blood sugar twice - 90 and 74, but I knew I was lower.Much lower. Like “shaky hands” type of low.
1. I had also purchased a snack pack of NutterButter's from said vending machine - Just in case
2. I should relax and breathe breathing deep.
I always feel vulnerable when I get a low blood sugar, especially alone, be it in public or private.
Me: Yes, I am.
Lady: I hate that feeling.
Me: Me, too.
Lady: I’m type 2 and on Victoza - T2 runs in my family.
Me: I’m t1 and that runs in my family. I’m on an insulin pump.
Lady: My dad ended up on insulin, my sister has t2 as well. You’re on an insulin pump.
OK, so does that mean you were diagnosed when you were little?
I hate diabetes. I hate that everybody judges me for having T2. All the magazines and news people say”Just cut back on sugary foods and drop the weight and you’ll be fine. I’m not overweight and I don’t eat much sugar.
Me: My sisters have t1, too - So did my dad. And yes, I was 8 when I was diagnosed.
It drives me crazy when the media blames the people with diabetes for their diabetes.
It drives me crazy when anyone does. Correct them, tell them it’s not your fault, you didn’t do anything wrong. Obviously, there’s huge genetics coming into play.
And in that very second I wanted to get up hug her, but I was still feeling a bit wobbly.
Unfortunately, I’d been at the car dealership for 2.5 hours (more on that in another post,) and my insurance company was taking forever to fax the 'proof of insurance coverage’ paperwork back to the dealership.
I was trying to stay calm, but I was mad at myself for switching handbags and not bringing enough to eat. Total rookie move on my part - As was forgetting my E-Z Pass for the ride home.
But back to the lady with t2. She started talking about her Honda and I smiled politely as I waited for the low feeling to go away.
I thanked him, got up and went over to the lady and said: Good luck with your car.
Lady: You, too - Enjoy your new wheels!
Me: Here’s my card, email me if you want. There’s a lot of people online with diabetes - And we help one another - It’s called the Diabetes Online Community and I can send you some great blog/community links. You’re not the only one - There’s a whole bunch of us out there. And keep up the good work - You’re doing a great job!
Lady: Thanks, I will. I’m really glad we started talking.
Me: Yep, me too.
I tested my blood sugar before I put the key in the ignition and was 146.
I felt good and slightly nervous, but I felt good.
A new car and a new chapter in my life.
And a Diabetes In the Wild encounter when I was feeling at my most vulnerable & alone.
Yep, it was good day, indeed!