Conferences, Classes and Hi's...Oh My!

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-03 10:29:51 -0500
Started 2014-07-27 21:10:37 -0500

Well dang. Just when I think things are going pretty well I have a 2 day conference. Carried all my stuff with me and went through my first day pretty well. Didn't have time (or want to spend the money) on conference foods so I went a way too long without eating.

Then the stress of trying to find a client's home in an unfamiliar town in the dark just got the best of me. As I was standing in their living room discussing their new home design, I began to feel sweaty and sick. I checked and 364! What?

I had eaten only chicken breast with marinara and asparagus for dinner. I had not eaten since 7:00 am though, and I am sure my liver was trying to help out. Of course, I had put my insulin back in the fridge at the hotel, and didn't have it with me. What a mess.

Thank goodness that my clients were both in the medical field and they helped me get back to the hotel safe and sound. I was embarrassed. I knew better…but man…it was creepy.

Doing fine the next day and made sure I ate between the classes and expo trudge. There are times when diabetes just reminds you that it's there.

45 replies

Kats49 2014-07-31 19:40:06 -0500 Report

Glad you are okay, next time pack nuts in your purse, a source of protein or even seeds, plus Jason makes a nut butters that are portable as well. I even have carried honey sticks when iI bounce down low,organic fruit snacks. Stress makes BS rise…take care friend

karen7t2 2014-07-31 09:22:07 -0500 Report

Glad you're ok Gabby. I am learning a lot reading the posts and replies. Also, shame on me…It is nearly noon and I have yet to eat. :(

GabbyPA 2014-07-31 22:17:59 -0500 Report

Don't do what I did. I guess it was a lot different when I do it at home, I am not out walking, and walking and walking. My body was not happy with me that day. So make yours happy.

Tony5657 2014-07-30 04:35:21 -0500 Report

Gabby, I'm glad your story had a happy ending! You are such a blessing on this web
site and we sure don't want to lose you. I'm happy that you were with your "guardian
angels!" …Tony5657 in HOT New Braunfels, TX

TrueBeliever 2014-07-29 19:27:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, for sharing this story with us! This is a perfect example of why this site is so important. Because of your story there could be many people who are spared from going through the same thing you did. We can all learn from this the importance of sharing events related to our diabetes.

I'm so glad you came through this with no lasting effects! Thank you for again being an inspiration to our group!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-07-29 11:48:47 -0500 Report

Glad you recovered and learned that if you forget you are a diabetic your diabetes will kick you into reality quickly. I have had a similar experience and always carry snacks with me just in case.

eristar 2014-07-29 05:31:36 -0500 Report

I'm so happy you are okay, now. Seems so weird how the lack of food can cause spikes like that just as much as eating poor choices ( which I, of course, NEVER do…LOL) (((hug)))

rolly123 2014-07-28 20:24:58 -0500 Report

Glad u okay Gabby!! Glad client helped u out! I'm also be traveling soon and I going bring nuts I'm flying night ! Hope u enjoyed conference!

GabbyPA 2014-07-29 08:08:05 -0500 Report

It was a good conference and so many classes I wanted to take, I wish I could have cloned myself. LOL

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-28 13:49:28 -0500 Report

Oh man I am so sorry to hear this happened. I sure am glad you made it ok with the help of your clients. God bless them. Girl, I think you need to invest in a good GPS. for when your traveling like that. Thinking of you and sending Love and Blessings.

GabbyPA 2014-07-29 08:09:26 -0500 Report

I am so old school, but that for sure was an eye opener. I had a map and directions. It is just here are so many roads with similar names in the area that it was crazy confusing. That's why I love number streets. You know how to get to an address without any issues.

Gripper907 2014-07-28 11:32:08 -0500 Report

Glad you are okay Gabby. Lets not push the issue, we should always protect our selves against this disease.
Thanks a million to your clients for responding when you were in distress.

theladyiscrazy 2014-07-28 10:10:45 -0500 Report

I am gad you are okay. It is a great reminder to us all that we do need to watch things and still be careful, even when we are not home.

Type1Lou 2014-07-28 07:25:48 -0500 Report

Oh yeah! Sadly I've been there and done that. Sorry you went through it but glad you're back to "normal" now, Gabby, without much problem. I'm flying soon and don't like/want to pay for airport food and you get peanuts or pretzels only on the plane, so I'll be carrying some Lou-friendly food with me to tide me over.

Bluegill88 2014-07-28 07:16:04 -0500 Report

I have not had that to me , but I can imagine how you felt. Glad to know that everything did work out good for you.

Hops 2014-07-28 06:41:33 -0500 Report

One of the most surprising things to people is that even without eating any food our bodies produce blood. Therefore regular testing and insulin injections plus a healthy diet are essential ingredient. If only I had $1 for every diabetic who has told me "my blood sugar sky rocketed and I haven't eaten a single thing since my last test."

Anonymous 2014-07-28 06:11:29 -0500 Report

Glad to hear you are ok. This maybe a stupid question, but, you can get high blood sugar from not eating?

jayabee52 2014-07-31 05:01:28 -0500 Report

Gabby is correct, one can get a liver dump from not eating for too long a time and raise one's BG (blood glucose). Artqween needs a remedial course at diabetes care class IMO.

artqween 2014-07-28 08:33:54 -0500 Report

No, but you may get sick though, depending? High blood sugar means u ate too much sugar or u may need to calm down possibly?? U r overwhelmed? Which is not good either…

GabbyPA 2014-07-28 07:40:19 -0500 Report

Yeah. My liver is very efficient at giving me a dump of energy when it sees I have not eaten. I felt okay, most of the day, but by the end I knew something was going wrong.

Pegsy 2014-07-28 18:20:09 -0500 Report

Yes, my liver is quite efficient at that if I go more than 4 or 5 hours without eating at least a small amount of carb.

Pegsy 2014-07-28 06:02:50 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry this happened to you! Glad you are OK. I find it a struggle to manage my diabetes while traveling. Sometimes the solution is right in front of my face but I just don't see it. Eating in restaurants is so complex to me. I think I am ordering well and then the salad arrives with sugar coated nuts on it that were't listed in the menu!!! It stress big time about going too long without eating. I carry stuff in my purse, car etc. I know you do too but sometime things just go awry.

jedabolin 2014-07-28 05:37:17 -0500 Report

I'm sure glad your ok. But you should definitely know better. Diabetes can creep up on you or hit you like a lion. If you are in a position where you can't eat a meal keep a protein bar with you. This is not a replacement for food but it should hold you over til you can get a meal. Love yourself and don't do this again. Sorry for the scolding but I think you'll agree you need it to make sure this won't happen again. Debbie

GabbyPA 2014-07-28 07:42:03 -0500 Report

You bet! I carry my low things in my bag, but I had not considered the hi things. My body is usually pretty resilient, and this was not planned well by me.

artqween 2014-07-28 04:04:54 -0500 Report

:0 o my is right.
U were lucky that day. Shame on u.

I am hypoglycemic, I don't have a choice but eat. Or I get fainty feeling… not pretty so to speak. Plez be more proactive??

elizag1 2014-07-27 23:04:26 -0500 Report

Oh no…glad your ok.
I know how it feels too not to eat…terrible. People that were with you
helped you so that is what is important..

jeb43l 2014-07-27 22:29:27 -0500 Report

I am glad you are okay. I had some episodes because of the heat and my eczema so I had to cut out a few things especially yogurt.

ReaderReader12 2014-07-27 22:18:43 -0500 Report

Wow…glad your clients were able and willing to help you out. That is scary. Take care.

GabbyPA 2014-07-28 07:44:28 -0500 Report

I generally have great clients. Part of the stress was finding their home. They were only 15 miles from where I was staying, but it took me almost 70 miles and 2 hours to find their house. That was the start of the mess up. I should have been more prepared than I was, I just didn't think the short distance would turn into such an ordeal.

Glucerna 2014-07-28 19:02:58 -0500 Report

That's often what happens, isn't it? You were prepared for what you thought might happen, but then other things occurred. Thanks for sharing your experience and it will help remind others that there is no such thing as being too well prepared :) ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-07-27 21:17:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Gabby
Don't we all try to do someting like that from time to time? Thinking that we can somehow out last or out wit the thing called diabetes. Sometimes it really gets your attention kind of (figuratively) whacking one side of the head with a 2x4.

Thank God you made it safe to your room and your insulin.