It seems our Diabetes Online Community (DOC) is often inundated with petitions calling for change, on whatever the particular issue may be -- from changing the name of diabetes, to calls to action on better policy or drug pricing. The list goes on. For today, we wanted to take a step back from these "official" efforts to get just a little snarky with this idea :)
Help Protect the FACIs (Fast Acting Carb Items)
A problem exists within our community. One that deserves immediate attention, and I've crafted a petition in order to bring more awareness to our cause and hopefully spark some action on this important topic.
Put simply, our health is at risk. Lives are in danger. All because of diabetes and hypoglycemia. Yes, those perilous low blood sugars that can so quickly sucker-punch us in the gut without any warning.
Why should you care?
Even if we think we are safe thanks to constant blood sugar checks, watchful parents or spouses, and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), the bottom line is that Lows still happen. Often quite unexpectedly.
You're thinking about the danger to the PWD (person with diabetes), aren't you?
Well, that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about us, the poor fast-acting carbs and packaging thereof who get torn apart in the process.
It's only a matter of time before we face the horror of what I'm calling Hypo-Induced Packaging Aggression.
I speak from experience. In the particular diabetic household where I live, this issue has hit our world hard.
The classic symptoms I've experienced are probably ones you've seen up close and personal yourself: rumblings in the middle of the night, when everyone should be asleep but instead a low blood sugar sweeps in, and from somewhere in the distance, someone loudly says: "Need Juice" or "Get Sugar!" It's all muffled noise, until suddenly, the lights snap on and you're blinded by the light.
That's when it happens.
A PWD in the throes of a hypo enters the room, and suddenly you are beaten senseless and/or torn apart before ultimately being devoured.
Take it from me, a juicebox. These situations are downright scary and your whole nutrition label flashes before your eyes.
If you are a juicebox like me, the plastic-sealed straw is ripped from your back as the PWD begins swearing under his or her breath about you being too difficult to open. Maybe the straw does get unwrapped, and then you're stabbed in the head multiple times, as the PWD swears even more because it's not working right ("Where's the stupid straw hole?!"). I've also seen it happen to those in my own family -- cases where the faulty straw is discarded on the floor in a fit of rage and the PWD then grabs a knife from the counter and begins jabbing.
It can happen to any of us -- pudding cups, candy packs, bags of cookies -- whether in the kitchen or the pantry or refrigerator or hiding in another room or automobile.
Skittles, smarties, glucose tabs, raisins, apple sauce... really anything with carbs that could be within reach face this danger. Even full-size juice containers in the fridge aren't immune to this aggression, as we all sometimes get roughhoused by a panicked PWD.
Afterwards, most of us are just left languishing on the floor, table or counter, humiliated as we're reduced to empty boxes or wrappers -- no longer able to be productive members of the Kitchen Community.
We deserve respect, like any other food item is given when BGs are in range and get a proper burial in the garbage can after consumption.
This reckless behavior must be stopped, and that's why I'm asking you all to throw your support behind this petition.
OK, this may not seem as important to some of you compared to more pressing petitions like the government's call to create a Death Star. But I urge you to consider signing this, because as a community we must unite against this Hypo-Induced Packaging Aggression Ailment (a new form of HIPAA!).
We realize that these sometimes-aggressive and hypo-panicked PWDs know the issue well, and they're working on their own petitions and initiatives aimed at getting better tools to help them avoid Lows. CGM sensors are getting more accurate, and future so-called Artificial Pancreas systems are promising a "crystal ball effect" to curb hypos before they happen. Those are all promising notes, but still...
We must be aware of the continuing risk of hypos short of a diabetes cure, and in doing so we must insist that we Fast-Acting Carb Items (FACIs?) be treated with respect when these scary situations arise.
We also can't overlook the low-carb trend in the Diabetes Community that's been growing over the years, limiting the amount of FACIs in many households -- but that's a petition for another day. For now, let's just focus on this hypo-induced food aggression and leave it there.
Please sign our petition calling for more PWD Awareness of HIPAA against FACIs.
Seriously, you should sign. (Add name below, in comments).
Mr. Juicy Juice Apple Juice #104, & The Undersigned Carb Count Clan of 15g