Reminder email just went around. Come on down for the Workplace Ice Cream Social! Everyone loves ice cream! Yay!
These things make me feel like such a curmudgeon. I guess I just overthink this stuff. I mean, yes, I will go to the effort of figuring out how to bolus for a sugar bomb like this and deal with the post-indulgence complications if there’s an overriding factor, like if it’s my granddaughter’s birthday, because then it’s her birthday; that’s the point. Nor do I feel like I’m missing out on the fun if I decide to abstain while everyone else is having it because any day spent hanging out with my granddaughters is a fun day, whether there’s ice cream involved or not.
But this is an event where the ice cream is the whole point. The appeal is all derived from the simple fact that everybody loves a sugary treat. Well, I enjoy a sugary treat, but it’s not simple for me to do so. Yes, “you can have anything, just bolus for it!” is the smiley face banner we march under these days, but the flip side is “It’s a lot easier not to!” Because it involves some tricky calculations that rarely come out 100% correct, and the more insulin you have to take the harder the mark is to hit and the more of a pain it is to get it all balanced out later, not to mention complicating factors like the homeward bike commute that could get pretty hairy if the exercise supercharges the insulin still on board for the ice cream, so should I take less for that? or dual bolus some for the fat–lots of fat in ice cream–but then that will be coming on right around homeward bike ride time and etc etc etc we go. Or the other alternative: do I go to the event but not have any? I generally like my co-workers but hanging around a bunch of people enjoying a treat I’m not having doesn’t exactly fit the HR Morale Builder “Ice cream! fun!” equation any better than “Ice cream! Complicated!” does.
So grumble grumble grumble. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s a good thing, truly, and good on HR for setting it up. But.