A Low Dilemma

In which people bombard me with questions at my candy eating habits due to low blood sugars.

While I’m low I eat Smarties. Everyone thinks I eat Smarties for fun. It’s actually quite the contrary. I hate Smarties. I eat them for lows because then I can’t be tempted to eat them when I’m not. My dad thinks I am really mature for restricting myself, but the truth is, I can never catch up with bolusing (giving myself insulin via pump) and almost always end up being high. If you haven’t guessed by now, I hate being high.

Low blood sugars make almost everyone confused. For instance, when most people think of Diabetes, they think of a person who is restricted in their eating habits and sugar intake. So most everyone does a double take when they see me stuffing Smarties into my mouth.

And then when hear the reasoning behind my eating habits, they want the candy. This is quite annoying, as you might imagine.

Hence, the reason I carry Smarties. I suppose the biggest reason is that they are easy to put into a bag and stuff into my pencil bag. Also, they are easy to stuff into my mouth without people noticing. Though of course, some people do notice, which is where the dilemma comes in.

I have had a number of odd experiences involving lows and candy. For example, last year I was low in Science class. A girl, we’ll call her Agent X, saw me eating the candy. So Agent X, naturally wanting the candy, asks me why I am eating candy. When  I explain that I am a diabetic and that I am having a low, she nods, satisfied. Then she smiles and says, “Yah, I’m a diabetic too.” Agent X laughs. To this day, I still haven’t gotten the joke.

When I was in 6th grade I was in an advanced math class with the worst bunch of 7th graders in the school. So of course I am seated next to a mean boy, who in the next week takes my empty desk as an opportunity to steal my Smarties. I never traced their theft to Mr. Mean Boy, but I’ve always assumed it was him, as he’d seen me eating Smarties before. The next class the teacher moved me to sit with a perfectly nice, and not to mention sane, 6th grade girl named Sarah.

Just this year I was low and a girl noticed me eating candy. “Claire, you bad a**,” she said. “You’re eating candy.” That’s the first time I’ve ever been cussed at, by the way. I find it odd that I was cussed at for inhaling sugar. So I quickly explained that I was a diabetic.

So, I think that the solution to this problem is to say that everyone goes wacko around candy. Everyone except the diabetic in the group, of course, who immediately pull their pump out, and bolus up.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage Blogger, Candy Eater

7 comments / Add your comment below

  1. What a cool story! It is so interesting for me, who has always struggled with my weight, to listen to other perspectives on having a relationship with candy, although my relationship is not because of diabetes but because I like to eat things that taste yummy. I, too, have a love-hate relationship: I love to eat it, then I hate it afterward because I usually can’t just stop at a handful of M&Ms, I have to eat the whole bag which makes me feel sick and then I gain weight. And I wonder what people think of me when they see me eating candy too.
    On another note, I love Smarties but the Canadian kind! They are more like chocolate M&Ms but they taste better for some reason. The outside shell is a bit crunchier and the colours are a tiny bit different.

  2. Girl! What a great post. It’s amazing to me that you choose Smarties instead of the other zillion candies that you like more. I know you’ve told me that you’re tempted to chomp on the “good” candies more. But still.

    Perhaps a mix of some icky Smarties and something more yummy.

    Though when it’s hot, I recommend finding the non-sticky kind of course. Rats. Snickers are out!

    What other candy doesn’t melt?

    Great post. Nice job.

  3. You don’t like Smarties!!!? Who doesn’t like Smarties? Plus you’re so Smart, so of course you would like Smarties. You’re not very Skittlish which should mean you don’t like Skittles, but I’ve heard you love them. Does this make sense?

  4. Hey, Claire. Excellent message, excellent content, excellent writing. You must take after your uncle. Except that I like Smarties. In moderation. Only about once a year. Around Halloween. Otherwise, yuck.

  5. Hey Claire, I don’t like Smarties either, but I guess I’ve never had to have an arranged marriage with them. That’s crummy. But what a clever strategy, to choose something you can essentially use as a medicine and won’t be tempted to overdo. This approach also allows you to save candies you like for enjoyment, rather than linking them with the “I have to do this” feeling. Nice!

  6. Claire-
    What a great post. I haven’t thought about my feelings for Smarties before. Come to think of it, I’m not a huge fan either. I ate way too many of them while I was studying for the bar exam– it definitely soured me on them!!

  7. Hey Claire –
    I’m sure you don’t remember me from First Plymouth but I adore your family and am so proud of you for managing the Diabetes with such grace, living in Mexico for a year, and sharing your feelings through writing. I love hearing your thoughts, keep us posted!

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