I wanted to tell a story about a nice experience that I had recently since those can be few and far between.
Rob and I were shopping at Target (can
My CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) signaled I was low (I have my alert set at 70). Rob asked me if I wanted to schlep over to Starbucks and grab something to eat or drink. I figured we wouldn't be there long (really?) and I had a steady arrow (versus one pointing down which indicates a fast moving blood sugar) so I felt like I'd be OK.
A few minutes later I got the 55 alert (which Dexcom programs because the situation has now become dangerous). Rob asked again about Starbucks but I figured he was there to help me and we'd be done soon. He wasn't happy about that answer but I'm know to throw a fit so he went along with it begrudgingly. I was still on my feet and acting pretty "normal."
As we got to the checkout counter, I actually started to feel low (shaking and sweating like crazy) and the CGM showed a blood sugar of 42 so I grabbed some Sour Patch Kids from the display. The woman that was checking us out asked, "Do you want that in the bag or in your purse?" I told her I'd take them because my blood sugar was low and I needed to eat them ASAP (I've never been one to hide my diabetes but I'm sure the hypo caused me to overshare at that moment).
Her response was awesome! She said, "I've got scissors here to help you open the package, please start eating them now." I told her I'd be OK and would scarf them in the car (I didn't want to hold up the line). She said, "Please eat them now, the other customers will be fine." I was surprised by her response and must have looked at her a bit quizzically because she told me a quick story.
"My Dad had Type 1 Diabetes. I know how this all works. He helped me move a few years ago and went shopping without me while I unpacked. His blood sugar dropped and he passed out in the store. A clerk, who also had a diabetic father, dropped what she was doing and helped him the best she could (including trying to wake him enough to drink juice) while 911 was called. I'll never forget the fear and helplessness of that day but I'll also remember the woman who helped my Dad. Please be safe and eat your candy."
I felt overwhelmed by her story and by her concern about someone she didn't know except for the fleeting moments I had been in her line.
We had a true 'what goes around moment.' Her Dad was helped by someone whose Dad also had diabetes. She, in turn, wanted to help me. It was a sort of threesome that only someone with diabetes could hope for.