Let me just start by saying that I am a very cranky lady when my blood sugar is low. I don't like talking to people and I tune out the world, at least that's what I think happens. So today during my lunch break, when a girl at work tried talking to me, I wasn't having it. She also had no idea what she was saying to me. I checked myself and a 48 popped up on the screen so I started eating glucose tabs and this is how the conversation goes:
Coworker: Woah, where did you get those huge tums from?!
Me: Oh, these aren't tums. They're glucose tabs.
Coworker: What's a sucrose tap?
Me: GLUCOSE TAB. I eat them to raise my blood sugar. I'm diabetic.
Coworker: Sounds a bit contradictory to me. Diabetics aren't supposed to have sugar. That's how you got diabetes in the first place.
Me: That's just a misconception. We can have whatever we want and I didn't get diabetes from having too much sugar. I have type 1 which is an auto immune disease that I can do nothing about.
Coworker: Hm. Your phone is ringing.
Me: It's my insulin pump telling me I'm low but I already know. Thanks.
Coworker: Wow, you really must have let your diabetes get out of control to have one of those.
Me: No, that's not true. Another misconception. It gives me better control than I already had.
Coworker: That's totally not what the hell I heard.
Me: You totally heard wrong then. Whoever told you otherwise was mistaken.
Coworker: *silence with a "you really suck" face*
Me: Well, I have to go back to work now have a good day.
Coworker: Okay, stop eating so much sugar and pay attention to your blood pressure. That might help you.
Me: Really? You should be quiet and think before you speak.That might help you. And it's blood sugar not blood pressure.
Coworker: Right, sorry about that.
While I wanted to really punch this woman in the face, I kept my composure and continued to smile at her. She doesn't know any better. I wish she did. But she doesn't. I couldn't make myself waste my breath and explain everything to her. She had a hard time comprehending.