Well, I’ve had a bit of a weekend diabetes-wise. I visited my two best friends and in the evening I was in the kitchen making us all a cup of tea when I decided I’d do a test. After discovering I was 3.2 mmol/l (57 mg/dl) and knowing that I’d be having my evening meal in about an hour, I reached for my glucose tablets.
After managing to eat 2 of them, one of my friends came rushing into the kitchen and grabbed the remaining tablets out of my hand telling me that I should be eating “real food” not glucose tablets. She then told me to get a chocolate bar out of the fridge which (admittedly stupidly!) I did.
This really confused me and I was trying to explain that the fat in chocolate means that it won’t help me sort out my hypo quickly enough but her response was that I was using glucose tablets to replace proper food. Granted I’m trying to lose weight, but I am NOT, repeat NOT using glucose tablets as some sort of horrible-tasting and chalky meal replacement. I’m just eating more healthily, exercising and instead of stuffing my face with biscuits and chocolate when I have a hypo, I’m using glucose tablets which are lower in fat!
So, my question is - how do I convince my friends that I shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for having a few glucose tablets when I’m hypo and that they are, in fact, better at treating the hypo than chocolate or other sweets? I feel that if I can’t feel comfortable testing in her house, I won’t be able to go there anymore - after all I don’t want to have to sneak up to a bedroom to test and then treat a hypo because she doesn’t like me using glucose tablets.