Hypos in Public
There are a few instances of hypoglycemia I’ve had that I’d like to forget. Hypos at home are tiring and draining enough as it is. Hypos in public are an entirely different beast.
One of my most embarrassing blood sugar lows happened in grade 4. I was on a school bus coming home from a field trip. Somehow I made it to the back of the bus with all of the cool kids. There was no way I was going to give up my coveted seat positioned smack-dab in between the cutest boys in class. The moment almost made me feel a bit sweaty and confused. Wait a minute, not quite. Instead, I realized a hypo was coming on.
That’s okay, I’ll just eat a blood sugar pill, I thought (reaching inside my pocket).
My pills were nowhere to be found. Luckily, my teacher carried my sugar pills with her. But how was I going to tell her? She was way at the front of the bus and students weren’t allowed to stand up while it was in motion. So I did the most likely thing a kid would do—launched a game of telephone. I whispered to the girl in front of me to pass a message onto the kid in front of her, and so on, and so on, until it reached the teacher.
Message: “Tell the teacher to bring Kim her sugar pills. Pass it on.”
Okay, maybe not the best move in amongst a group of rambunctious kids. The next thing I knew, the bus was a buzz! Some students had purposely messed up the message and others were just confused and dumbfounded as to what to do and what it meant. I had a busload of kids gawking at me. Me: staring back at them in a sweat and my own confusion. Ahhhhhhhhh!
While the teacher didn’t take long to reach the back of the bus and resolve the problem, the moment will stay in my mind forever. What about you? Have you or a loved one had a low that has stayed in your mind?
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Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D. @kimucooper