Yesterday afternoon I had planned to go grocery shopping after work. I checked Constance as I grabbed my buggy, and she said I was 74 mg/dL but going steady. Anxious at the thought of going low while shopping, I grabbed a soda from one of those refrigerators at the front and sipped on it while I got my things.
Feeling confident that I was preventing myself from a low, I gave no thought to how I felt. I didn't even feel the need to look at Constance the rest of the time while I got my things. I continued sipping on the soda between retrieving the items on my long list. Salmon, diced tomatoes, razors, cat food, and things of that nature.
It wasn't until I got back in my car and put my soda in the cup holder when I took thought to how I was feeling. "Huh, I don't feel low, but I don't feel much higher, either." I glanced at Constance and saw I was still 72 mg/dL and going steady. "What?! How is that possible?! Am I cured?!" That's when I looked down at my soda and saw the magical word "Diet" on the label. "Blast!" (I actually said that, in my car, out loud.) I had grabbed a diet soda, by mistake! Kind of ironic for a diabetic to say, no?
But what really threw me for a loop is the fact that I spent an hour walking around a grocery store, picking up things, pushing a cart, loading my car, etc. All these actions SHOULD have made me go low. In fact, the anxiety of going low is usually enough to make me go low! But I was in the state of mind of "Oh, I'm sipping on regular soda, I should be fine" and kept on with my normal activity. If I could harness my anxiety of going low, I would be able to save myself from A LOT of lows (and money spent on fast-acting carbs)!
Has this happened to anyone else? Please tell me, because I felt so embarrassed. A weird diabetes failure. This isn't the first time I've grabbed the "wrong" kind of soda but reversed, like grabbing a regular instead of a diet. Maybe I should just stick to my glucose tabs. At least they don't make those in diet.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nurse, certified diabetes educator (CDE) or any medical professional of any kind. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!) Therefore, please do not use any of my postings as medical fact. I am simply a blogger expressing my highs and lows (pun intended) with diabetes. For changes in your medication, exercise regiment, or diet please consult a qualified physician.