By Anonymous - 09/06/2011 14:25 - United States
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56 - Low. And trust me, I'm diabetic. I've had times when I'm busy and going down very fast and not realised until I'm on the verge of blacking out. At which point I then attacked my mother, who was trying to feed me some orange juice through a straw. I have no recollection of this. At other times I've had my short-term memory constantly reset, 'come to' disorientated, and a good few feet away from where I was. Its terrifying. I'd hate to be in that position and have someone yelling at me. (I'm saying this because if they were too high and went out, they would be in hospital.)
There are times that people don't realize their sugar is low, since it can come on fast. My mother is Type 1 and once she came home from her date completely fine, and within five minutes of her date leaving her sugar dropped to the point she was stating our chihuahua was her sugar reader. I took her to the ER and when she finally got her sugar up high enough to know what was going on, she was telling me that she couldn't see my head but heard my voice and decided to trust the voice since it sounded like me. Diabetic shock is terrifying, I make sure our house carries a glucogon shot now.
OP as a type 1 diabetic I am going to say you should have at some point in time explained to people the signs of low blood sugar everyone at my work knows them and how to administer my glucagon shot if need be...... But yes some people can not tell when they have low blood sugar every diabetic is different.
Having lived both in the north and south, I'll say this- Southerners are a lot more open about their feelings. Sometimes this makes them seem a lot nicer than people up north. Here, if someone likes you, you know it. On the other side of the same coin, when someone doesn't like you, they're a lot ruder to you than necessary. Up north, its hard to tell what a stranger thinks of you. Maybe they like you, or maybe they hate you. They don't say much about it, either way.
you say us southerners have more hospitality and respect yet you disrespect yankees? I know some pretty rude people from Texas. not every thing can be generalized like that. yeah some times it seems like people from up north are more rude but uhm I'm not sure I buy that generalization. thanks though for making the rest of us from the south look like ignorant rude pricks though.
I dunno. I still think in general Southerners (especially Texans) are a lot nicer. I have yet to meet a single stranger in Colorado who's as nice as anyone from Texas. And don't get me started on asshole drivers. I know we have assholes in Texas in big cities like Dallas and whatnot, but depending on where you go (especially out in smaller towns) people are way nicer.
next time you should serve the coffee before going into diabetic shock
I was about to say what you said. A person with diabetes, unless they just gained it, should know their condition. It is not a disease that can be ignored. You monitor everything, your calories, your blood sugar level. IF you felt ill, Op then you should have had something to eat or drink--since you work in a coffee shop it wouldn't be hard to find something sweet to up your blood sugar or go into the kitchen to have something a bit healthier to eat.
In response to all those stating that the OP 'should have done this' or 'should have taken better care' or 'couldn't have been in diabetic shock'...clearly you are not completely familiar with the way diabetes can affect people. I have been a type 1 diabetic for nearly 20 years. Even diabetics who take excellent care of themselves can suffer from low or high blood sugars from time to time. Diabetes is not a disease that always follows the same pattern. Doctors frequently refer to my situation as 'brittle diabetes' because I can have extreme highs and lows without warning and for no reason. Also, when you have had diabetes for a long time, you can become less sensitive to the symptoms of highs or lows. Low blood sugars happen very quickly, and if you can't feel the symptoms, you can't react until you are at a dangerous level. OP most certainly would have been in diabetic shock...any time your sugar drops so low to cause severe symptoms like that, you are most definitely in the early stages of diabetic shock. And my guess is that OP most likely DID inform their co-workers of their condition. However, he/she certainly can't be expected to greet every customer with "Hi, my name is ____. I'm a diabetic, so if i pass out, here's what you should do...'
You should have thought of that as you were packing on the pounds and giving yourself adult-onset diabetes. People who are regularly incapacitated by self-inflicted diseases are useless in menial, service-industry jobs.
That is one of the most insensitive things I have heard. How in the hell do you know if the OP has Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes? That is incredibly ignorant to assume such a thing. Type 2 isn't just caused by being overweight, it can also be genetic or just appear due to extenuating circumstances. Some people have preexisting conditions that later cause Diabetes (Types 1 or 2) to develop. But don't be such a bigot to just assume that just because OP is Diabetic, then surely they must be some overweight, irresponsible dope.
Y'see, part of the fun here is assuming facts not in evidence. There's no indication in the 300-character-maximum story of how the OP got diabetes. My guess that the OP got adult-onset diabetes from obesity is as baseless as anyone else's that they were born that way (don't be a drag...). Sometimes you've just gotta make shit up.
68- I have diabetes and almost went into shock 6 times you don't have to be born with it my friend just got diagnosed a couple years ago and almost went into shock. it's type one diabetes people you don't have to be born with it. don't piss me off just get ur facts straight
I hate when people just assume you have type 2 from being overweight. Type 1 should not even be called diabetes.. so many people associate that name with not eating right! "oh, so you can't eat sugar and you're fat" Jesus. I have type 1 and I'm skinny as a rail and people STILL tell me the miracle cure is eating right and exercising. Ha. I wish.
you do realize that there are different reasons for people to have diabetes, right? we aren't all fat, lazy over-eaters. Diabetes can strike at any time, for any reason. Some people are born with it, some people develop the disease in childhood, some do not develop it until they are adults. Yes, weight, eating and exercise habits are contributing factors, but they are not the ONLY factors. In my case, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when i was 11. I was an extremely active child, involved in all kinds of sports, as well as working around our small farm. My parents didn't keep junk food in the house, and I was not at all overweight. The most likely cause for me was some sort of auto-immune disorder triggered by a virus. Normally there isn't much of anything you could say that would offend me, but it really pisses me off that people like you just figure those of us with incurable conditions did something to deserve it.
My brother and I both have it. He has had it from birth and I got it when I was 7. Whenever someone learns that I'm a diabetic, they always say "Oh, so you can't eat sugar? You should work out and eat healthier." NO, that's not how it works. It can be so frustrating to meet people who just assume things without evidence.