My former Diabetes Educator (insurance switch,
don't ask!) told a group of us once that she's often not sure if she's
irritable for a good reason, or for a diabetes reason. She was shopping at the mall with her teenage
son when she suddenly stopped to check her BG. "Nope! I'm OK, so it really is you!" she told him. "You're driving me
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I've got the same thing going. I mean, when I'm feeling irritable, it always
seems like there's a good reason for
it. Always. But now I try to remember to
stop for a moment and consider whether it's me, going off the charts one way or
Last week I had a run-in with an infuriated travel
agent. The guy was actually yelling abuses
at me (the customer) on the phone! I was
so upset I was shaking when I hung up. And the first thing I did was check my sugar. 142. Not too off. OK, so he really was out of line!
Now as Tekakwitha notes, it is important for our housemates and others around us to know what to do
if we start acting bizarre. But I can't
help finding it irritating in itself that my loved one(s) jump to Diabetes Mode
the minute I'm the slightest bit annoyed about anything. Sometimes I just disagree with you! Which
doesn't always mean that I need sugar, thank you very much!!
I just needed to say that...
HOWEVER, I do understand that our loved ones go
through a lot to help take care of us. For an
illustration, take a moment to read Kerri's ode to her mother on her blog
SixUntilMe. This one made me bawl. And no, it wasn't hypoglycemia!