Carry You Glucose Tabs With You

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2017-10-13 18:59:52 -0500
Started 2017-10-04 18:22:10 -0500

On Sunday at the Farmer's Market, I talked to a lady admiring our Jewelry. She walked away and said she would stop back.

An hour later as I was getting up from my chair, I heard someone ask please may I sit in your chair. I turned and it was the lady on her way back. She could barely walk and was sweating profusely. She said her blood sugar had dropped. She sat down and I asked her what was she drinking, she said Kale Lemonade (Still wrapping my head around that). I had nothing to give her to help her. I had gotten tea for myself and another vendor so I ran over and asked her if she had anymore of the sugar I gave her. It just happened to be Sugar in the Raw. I poured a packet in her lemonade and she drank it. 15 mins later, nothing. I added more sugar, nothing. I added the last pack and while she was drinking it, I called the officer who is detailed to the Market and told him to come to my table I had a sick visitor.

She was at the point an ambulance needed to be called for her. I asked if we could call someone to come for her and she said her daughter was in church and her son and his wife were out of town. The officer was about to call for an ambulance when she said she had Glucose Tablets in her car. He got her tag number, a description of her vehicle and her keys. He came back with them and she was little better. She ate two of them and began to improve.

She didn't eat enough carbs to make it through the market. It is fairly large and if you are diabetic and do not eat enough carbs, all that walking will do you in. I don't have lows like that so I never have glucose tablets.

She sat at our table for over an hour before I felt comfortable letting her leave. By the time we had finished packing up and were about to load the truck, she was fine. All she kept saying was you save my life. She wanted to purchase a pair of earrings but we gave them to her. She was near tears.

Please if you need to use glucose tablets, carry them on you. Do not leave them in your car. Not all people trying to help you are honest. If you give them your keys, you may not see your car or them again. I thank God that I am friends with the officer and that she trusted us enough to let us help her.

10 replies

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-10-09 23:58:21 -0500 Report

During several years of complete burnout and indifference, I didn't carry a meter, let alone glucose. These days, I'm much more careful. I carry my insulin, my meter, wear my CGM, and emergency sugar. I rarely had need for the sugar when I was ignoring the rest because of constant high blood sugar. I'm very glad I'm in a better place, and have found myself needing the backup sugar supply. It's been years since I was in a real emergency situation thanks to improved preparation.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-10-13 18:59:27 -0500 Report

Chris not everyone is prepared which is why people find themselves in emergency situations with no way of knowing what to do. I once had a low and was working on fixing it. I had it almost back to normal when by glucose level did a really bad nose dive. Thankfully one of our community police officers was knocking on my door to bring me something and we went lights and sirens to the ER. That was 4 years ago. I knew what to do but it was not working for me. I don't need a CGM so I have no idea how they work. I don't carry glucose tablets with me. Because everyone I am around knows I am a diabetic, someone always looks out for me. Can be a pain at times but I appreciate their concern.

cmr55 2017-10-08 20:10:44 -0500 Report

You are awesome. Yes I always carry glucose tablets in my purse. have not had lows in a long time but I still carry them.

suecsdy 2017-10-04 22:14:02 -0500 Report

I rarely have lows, but I carry the sugar tabs anyway. You just never know.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-10-07 16:07:43 -0500 Report

I rarely have them. However we get up at 4:30 am to be at the Market by 6am and have everything set up by 7am for the opening. This means unloading tables, chairs, a tent and jewelry from the car and putting them over the fence. Our location is right where we park. We carry a sandwich. Around 8 I eat a large Cinnamon Roll. I walk a total of about 6 blocks round trip to the bathroom at a Hospital. If I walk around the Farmers area that is another total of 6 blocks. By the time the Market ends at Noon and we break everything down and load up the car. I am a little hungry when I get home. People have to learn to eat to compensate for their outside activities.