Having to wait too long for food in a restaurant

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2010-12-25 02:02:59 -0600
Started 2010-04-30 18:37:41 -0500

We went out to eat last night and this has never happened to me before, but by the time we got there, it had been nearly4 hours since I had eaten, I thought no big deal. Well, we normally don't have to wait nearly an hour for our food!! I did not have a snack with me, but I did have my glucose tablets that I have never had to use in all this time. I went to the restroom to check my sugar, and it was in the 70s. So I had two of them. I did not "feel" low at all but I had no idea when the food was coming, and we could not even get the waitress to bring some crackers over. I had asked her for some, about 10 minutes before I checked my b.s. oh well. It was frustrating.

32 replies

ram63 2010-12-25 02:02:59 -0600 Report

Because I enjoy off roading and live out away from town, I always carry some jerky with me and some water bottles in my Jeep. I keep it in a utility bag along with blankets, some honey packets, and glucose pills, in case I ever need it while driving or off roading. That way if I'm ever stranded, it's there for me.

legna70s 2010-05-05 20:57:18 -0500 Report

had a similar experience. VERY EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT, walked in, presented my gift certificate. After a waitress finally came to get our drink orders, we ordered…THEN, i took my insulin. 30 minutes later, our salads came. 10 minutes later our meal, but my steak was under cooked and I sent it back and specifically asked for it NOT to be burnt. another 30 minutes…you guessed? it came back, BURNT. the diabetic ANGER set it and I wanted to explode. I looked at my husband, announced we were leaving immediately to find food fast! Thank goodness he had finished his meal.

I did NOT speak to the server, her service was atrocious anyway, I did tell the manager that I would contact him the following day as I walked out the door.

Finally ate FOOD 50minutes after taking insulin and walking 8 city blocks, blood sugar was 67, body was shaking…my awesome husband walks in the door and says to the hostess, she can't wait - whatever is ready, she will eat. ROFL (now)

buffalo chicken wings and fries never tasted so good. *smile*

joni55 2010-05-05 21:06:40 -0500 Report

There was one place I went to once that cooked the steak so well, it went crunch. Gross!

I am glad things worked out for you!

Loudsleeper115 2010-05-07 19:15:35 -0500 Report

Had that happen at a bar and grill I had to hurriedly go into. The Bartender reconized my situation and brought me a glass of OJ and continued to check on me until I was able to get a table and order my food.
I was really thankful for his sharp eye and quick response.

Rhonda Layman
Rhonda Layman 2010-05-12 11:49:57 -0500 Report

A bartender in New Orleans did the same for me. I was crashing and my sister went up to him and asked for a regular Coke for me. He gave her the Coke and put some grenadine in it saying this would help too. Worked instantly. Said, "no charge" when she tried to pay. I'll never forget him for his kindness.

Me2 2010-05-03 16:42:49 -0500 Report

When that happens, just grab a couple of the sugar packets that are on the table.

tabby9146 2010-05-02 10:13:19 -0500 Report

I probably don't have as much to worry about, with it being controlled by diet and exercise now, but I got a little nervous. This was the first time that had ever happened, that it was geting low in public having to wait like that. If it happens again, I will know not to take the tabs because I know that 70s is not dangerously low. Isn't it true that those of us who aren't on pills or insulin aren't in as much danger of it going too low? I mean, like going too low too fast.

Deb-G 2010-05-02 10:37:57 -0500 Report

A type 2 diabetic that is strictly diet controlled should never have a dangerous dive…your issue would be highs, not excessive lows…The introduction of Insulin or medications without eating can induce this reaction so its important to eat if you are taking something…If your not on anything, just diet controlling, your diet controlling to prevent highs, but low's aren't an issue :)

KittyPaw§ 2010-05-07 17:13:44 -0500 Report

HIGHS and LOWS are an issue no matter what kind of diabetic you are. If sugar gets too low then you can pass out just like anyone else can. Just not as fast as someone who is on meds. the ones on meds have a medical low or high.My doctor tells me that anything below 70 is in the danger zone.

Deb-G 2010-05-01 21:07:09 -0500 Report

70 isn't low so you were ok…but it was good you took 2 tabs anyway if you were worried…I would have asked the waitress for some OJ if you were feeling bad…but you are actually better off to stay away from juice and use the tablets to balance you out for a time until you can get some protein in ya…we for sure can never tell how long service will take but dont be afraid to flag someone down for something you need :)

joni55 2010-05-01 23:06:00 -0500 Report

After I stopped Meformin, I started having readings in the 60s and 70s. Someone assured me it was okay and to only be concerned if it got below 50.

Deb-G 2010-05-02 10:34:25 -0500 Report

Yes, when I was at Mayo they told me being in the 50's for some people is completely normal…and they dont record any of your readings in the 50's as a low…they also wont go by a meter reading below 50, they want a blood sample to their lab to determine a true low…as a meter reading below 50 may not be accurate because meters are developed to read highs, not lows, and are not considered accurate in the low numbers…When I was having reactive low's judging by my meter I would have to visit their lab to confirm the numbers and they were indeed very different from the meter reading…a meter reading of 34 was sometimes really close to 50…However they would be completely thrilled if I stayed around 70 most of the time…thats a good reading…

Me2 2010-05-03 16:44:13 -0500 Report

The 70's is too low for me. I get shakie, weak, sweat. 90 is perfect for me.

Roy531 2010-05-01 14:24:36 -0500 Report

Shortly after I was diagnosed I went to a small restaurant with some friends, I got there before they did, and I started shaking real bad so I tested my bloodsugar and it was low. The waitress was watching me and saw that my hands was shaking real bad and before I could say anything she set a glass of orange juice in front of me and walked off. about 10 minutes later she came back and asked me if I was feeling better, told her I was and thanked her for the orange juice. She got a big tip from me that day.

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 14:39:48 -0500 Report

That is one smart cookie! and good for her! I am glad to see that there are some people who are aware out there.

Roy531 2010-05-02 17:10:38 -0500 Report

Did't even charge me for the orange juice either, she kept watching me until my friends got there and she kept asking every little bit if I was still ok.

GabbyPA 2010-05-01 08:31:32 -0500 Report

If this is a restaurant that you enjoy and go to often, you might want to consider talking to the manager about what happened and maybe give them some sensitivity training in that regard. Not in an aggressive way, but in a teaching way, remembering that you represent diabetics everywhere.

Ultimately, we are responsible for our own situation, and this is why we carry the tablets or gels with us. Good thing you had yours with you and your meter. I know many of us don't carry either, because we have not faced that kind of a situation.

joni55 2010-05-01 09:30:34 -0500 Report

I never carry mine with me. It is something I never even thought about.

I have talked to the manager of IHOP about portion sizes. He was very interested in meeting my needs, although he would charge the same amout. I was okay with that. I just hate wasting food.

GabbyPA 2010-05-01 13:22:45 -0500 Report

That's what doggie bags are for. I have had some people tell me they automatically ask for a carry out box and put half of their meal in before they even start to eat. That way you are not wasting food, but you are also getting your money's worth.

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 14:40:53 -0500 Report

I bet Charlie would love to see what's in mommy's bag when she comes home. I know my two greet us at the door, tails wagging and tongues hanging out.

joni55 2010-05-02 15:11:54 -0500 Report

One time, I was taking care of my brother's dog and got a doggie bag for him. I left it in the car and didn't realize it was there until one time, I had him in the car and he started eating it. LOL

Elrond 2010-04-30 23:40:13 -0500 Report

As a type 1, this is the precise reason I don't take my insulin til after I eat. My diabetic nurse practitioner chews me out about it but I prefer it to having a diabetic seizure in front of an audience. This can cause a spike in sugar before the insulin kicks in after the meal but I thinks it's worth it.

joni55 2010-04-30 19:29:57 -0500 Report

I definitely would not go there again. That is so ignorant. You would think they could at least bring you a salad or something.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-30 18:48:18 -0500 Report

Just another one of those little annoyances we have to contend with…trying to be sure we keep track of when we last ate, etc. We have to be sure to always have something with us in case of situations like you faced. We've all been there at one time or another, I imagine. Makes it hard for those of us who need to inject insulin before meals too. Take it before we leave home? After we get to the restaurant? What a pain, huh? Hope your food was worth the wait and you had an otherwise great time.