I am totally frustrated at Starbucks today! I went to the one near my house and ordered my new favorite drink, a tall light coffee frappicuno with sugar free vanilla syrup. I have had this many times over the past few weeks, no problems with the blood sugars afterwards. I bolused for 20g of carb (which is what I have been doing for the past two weeks and it worked perfect) and went on my merry way.
30 minutes later my DexCom starts screaming at me that I my BG is rising at a super fast rate so I check my sugar. 170, a little high but not unheard of so I just head home. 10 minutes later the Dex is still screaming at me telling me I am now well over 200. WTF? I test again. Now I am 252! The Dex is telling me that I am still climbing so I check the usual suspects and make sure there are no bubbles in my tubing. Everything looks good so I call the Starbucks and talk to the kid behind the counter. I go there often enough that the staff knows me (that is a bad sign I am sure!). I ask the kid if he can ask the barista if he remembers if he gave me a light, sugar free frapucinno or a regular one. The barista thinks about it and says “oh crap! I think I made you the regular kind! The light coffee frap mix container we keep in the fridge isn’t there! It’s sitting in the sink, we forgot to wash it and refill it earlier today! Thanks for reminding me I needed to do this. Do you want to come back and get a free one for your trouble?” I tell him no, that is OK, I don’t need anymore today anyways and thank him for checking for me. So now I know why my BGs are close to 300 as a regular coffee frappicuno with vanilla has over 50g of carbs in it!
Lesson learned here, when I go to a coffee place and order a drink, when they hand it to me I need to make sure I ask if it is the sugar free light version I asked for. Yeesh…I guess I will be doing the low carb thing the rest of the day until my sugars come down.