Martin from Diabetically Speaking suggested a topic for today's posts: When has diabetes got you in the door, VIP treatment, etc.? Diabetes hasn’t shown me too many perks, so I reaaaallly had to give this one some thought.
Years ago, my doctor’s office would send diabetics that had been fasting to the front of the blood work line. I know this isn’t quite as glam as getting ushered quickly into a new nightclub, but not having to wait forty-five minutes to have a blood draw while your sugars are falling and your stomach is growling is pretty cool!
However, this little perk is no more. I show up as early as possible, but still get to wait forever. Last time, I woke up with high blood sugar. I wasn’t about to show up with a sugar like 300 to my A1C blood draw damn it. I had worked SO hard to get my sugars down to have my best ever A1C, NOTHING was going to ruin it. I’m stubborn like that.
I injected before leaving the house. WHAT? HOW COULD YOU? DIDN’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT YOU NITWIT!?!? Yes, I knew I’d have to wait, thought I could just take the edge off of 300 a bit with a small shot. Of course, since Murphy and I rarely ever get along, I ended up falling fast. I sat in the waiting room with a pack of M&M’s in hand, waiting to get the blood draw. I kept reminding the desk that I was going lower and the desk kept telling me I should eat or drink something and come back another day.
No effing way was I coming back another day! I had fasted for hours and hours and my non-caffeinated ass was ready to have a meltdown. Then it happened. Forty-five minutes after I walked in – they called my name.
The halleluiah choir sang in my head, the lab tech rocked her mad skills and as soon as the blood was out, I chugged M&M’s. I then ran out to my car where a donut and coffee were waiting (there’s that music again!).
The doc’s office scolded me for showing up with a blood sugar of 53. They said they worried that I had some hypoglycemic unawareness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nope, I told them. I was completely AWARE just how low I was and I downed M&M’s in your lab room. Maybe now they’ll re-instate the D peeps first in line rule!!! I know, I know, my behavior makes me cringe too.