As I made my way down one of the last few grocery store aisles, I started to feel that familiar fuzzy feeling. A glance at my continuous glucose monitor showed that my blood sugar was indeed trending downward. (Stupid grocery shopping, why do you almost always make me low??) I gobbled a packet of fruit snacks from my purse and pressed on. If it all worked out as I hoped, I could grab the last few things on my list and check out while the fruit snacks brought up my blood sugar. I’d be back in a safe range just as I was ready to drive home.
But then again, diabetes often has a way of not working out as I hoped.
I suddenly realized I had been loitering in the bakery section. Then I noticed how sweaty I was. Then I looked down at my phone. My grocery store has this cool app that allows me to scan my groceries with my phone as I shop, and bag them right in the shopping cart. My phone showed that two loaves of wheat bread had been scanned. How weird, I didn’t buy any bread yet. And I was looking for sourdough, not wheat. (I bake my own wheat bread from scratch these days.)
And then I looked in the bag in my shopping cart, and there was a loaf of wheat bread staring back at me. I had no recollection of taking it off the shelf, scanning it (twice!!) and putting it in my bag. That? That really freaked me out.
I took a deep breath. I deleted the bread from my phone and put it back on the shelf. I then found the sourdough, grabbed and scanned one loaf, and added it to my bag. I also took a look through the rest of the charges on my phone and the items in my bag, to make sure they matched. They did. But what would have happened if they didn’t? What if my hazy low found me putting something in my bag without scanning it, and I happened to be chosen for a random audit that day?
These thoughts really freak me out too. Since that day, I won’t go to the store unless my blood sugar is nearing 200.
And I really hate that.