Irritable

My former Diabetes Educator (insurance switch,
don’t ask!) told a group of us once that she’s often not sure if she’s
irritable for a good reason, or for a diabetes reason. She was shopping at the mall with her teenage
son when she suddenly stopped to check her BG. “Nope! I’m OK, so it really is you!” she told him. “You’re driving me
crazy!!”

I’ve got the same thing going. I mean, when I’m feeling irritable, it always
seems like there’s a good reason for
it. Always. But now I try to remember to
stop for a moment and consider whether it’s me, going off the charts one way or
the other.

Last week I had a run-in with an infuriated travel
agent
. The guy was actually yelling abuses
at me (the customer) on the phone! I was
so upset I was shaking when I hung up. And the first thing I did was check my sugar. 142. Not too off. OK, so he really was out of line!

Now as Tekakwitha notes, it is important for our housemates and others around us to know what to do
if we start acting bizarre. But I can’t
help finding it irritating in itself that my loved one(s) jump to Diabetes Mode
the minute I’m the slightest bit annoyed about anything. Sometimes I just disagree with you! Which
doesn’t always mean that I need sugar, thank you very much!!

I just needed to say that…

HOWEVER, I do understand that our loved ones go
through a lot to help take care of us. For an
illustration, take a moment to read Kerri’s ode to her mother on her blog
SixUntilMe. This one made me bawl. And no, it wasn’t hypoglycemia!

3 Responses

  1. Kerri
    Kerri May 10, 2005 at 2:43 pm | | Reply

    Amy,

    Thank you very much for your kind words.

    My mother actually hasn’t read the post yet (she’s away on business until Friday) but I am excited for her to see the positive response from other readers. And to have confirmation that all her perseverance made me strong.

    Thanks for making me laugh with “142. Not too off. Ok, he was really out of line!” I have a firey temper, and many times friends have looked at me quizzically and said, “Hey, can you test your bloodsugar? You’re out of control right now!” And I test and see a result on 125 mg/dl, only to realize, yet again, that there are emotions outside of diabetes. (Thank goodness…)

    Kerri

  2. AmyT
    AmyT May 11, 2005 at 2:43 pm | | Reply

    To Gordon:
    A sincere thank you!! Nice to know someone loves me even when I’m bitching about being irritable :)

    - Amy

  3. Bill Braithwaite
    Bill Braithwaite May 16, 2005 at 1:19 pm | | Reply

    Interesting!!
    ;) )

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