I appreciate the visible concern, but I promise you didn't almost kill me.
By - kaazir
The high I get from full sugar drinks is so much worse. It's such a rapid rise, makes me feel so queasy, and then trying to bring it down safely is difficult. I don't want to feel like shit for the rest of the day so I would appreciate a concerned reaction from a server if they got it wrong.
Absolutely the same! I could eat a piece of birthday cake and not feel as bad as if I drank 6 ounces of regular cola.
Totally. I was in a hurry, late for my shift. There was a ton of free Red Bulls on the break table. Noticed some were zero and sugar free. Grabbed one and pounded it down. Was NOT a zero. Had a real bad day.
Same. I‘ve had them be annoyed at me for it instead. Really bugs me.
Honey buns is a good way to go...I miss those
My wife's grandpa was a diabetic and had said at one point if he knew his life was going to end that he wanted German chocolate cake.
He started cancer treatment in '17 and it wasn't going well so my wife and I got a small one and went to his house and sat and ate and had a bitter sweet time of it but at least she had that time with him before he passed.
Honestly, it's the right reaction for them to have.
A brittle diabetic not realising could die if they go into DKA.
I'm glad they take it seriously, I'd much rather that than they not care, or not pay attention.
Except that you won't get DKA from drinking too much sugar. You get DKA from lack of _basal_. [I wrote about this here.](https://www.reddit.com/r/diabetes/comments/dxk60h/please_note_hyperglycemia_is_not_the_cause_of_dka/)
Thanks for that link. Very informative and timly.
That's a bit of hyperbole saying a soda could kill a diabetic.... Come on now
Over 75g of liquid sugar...
Yes that could definitely hurt and possibly kill some brittle diabetics.
It would take serious neglect. I'm sure lots of long time diabetics have had a non diet soda served to them before, I certainly have.
First off, most of the time you can taste it's wrong. Second, when you spike you'll probably realize something went wrong and correct accordingly. It's not like you go high and instantly go into DKA.
It's unlikely to, but the risk is there.
Honestly its nice to see someone react in this manner; I feel it's appropriate. They don't have to understand the condition fully to realize that you wanted diet. I have had the reverse happen; order a diet. They pass it out the window and its regular. I politely tell them it is regular by taste or by sticking a blood strip in the soda. Then I hand it back to them and ask for diet again.
One time it came back regular a 2nd time. I said to the guy this is not diet. He says all we have is regular. I launched that coke back through the window at him. Oh I was furious.
The above happened while in college and alcohol may have been a factor at 3am. ;-)
My regular breakfast spot that same thing happened and they insisted it was out of the diet tap, I offered to test the tap for them. Sure enough the manager hooked the diet line to regular for a short period of time. I went back in the kitchen with the waitress and my BG meter, So I could prove it to them. I also demonstrated how it works with diet coke out of a bottle from my car.
My breakfast was free that morning.
Hahahaha fire in the hole!!
I've had this happen a couple of times and for me it's not a super big deal but I'd rather not have to take extra insulin if it's not necessary, you know?
If it happened to someone that has brittle diabetes like someone else mentioned though it could make a really big difference and the person could end up in DKA, or worse.
I was just thinking the other day about how more fast food places are offering different kinds of diet drinks now though, instead of just diet Coke or Pepsi. It's pretty cool that you can get diet Ginger Ale or Sprite Zero, etc, from a drive-thru now.
Tbh I love that they care. I pride myself on having tight standard deviation, and I really feel rising BGLs. A level of 6+ (108+) is very physically uncomfortable for me, and I get mega grumpy/antsy. I would be pissed if I actually drank non-diet without realising.
I think they reacted like that because its just happening and they may have not encountered something like that in a while? It sucks for us, but I've come to expect that kinda reaction from all sorts of people :p
I ask for unsweet tea all the time. When I ask "is this unsweet tea?", the clerk will usually give me the "quit your bitching, drama queen" look.
Happened a couple times at McDonalds to me too. Once I only found it out later when my blood sugar level went up to almost 350 mg/dl, but nothing really crazy happened.
How can you not taste the difference.
I don't know, the taste is very similar for me
Had the same thing happen to me actually. I even asked if it was really diet coke. I hadn’t had fast food in years so usually only drink bottled coke zero which tastes different than the fast food one anyway. So I even said to my family that it‘s crazy how different the taste is between bottle and the tap one. Turns out they (fast food place) had lied - it was normal coke. I hadn’t had normal coke in so many years that I just didn’t realise. I did wonder but obviously not enough to refuse to drink it which I should have done. Ended up at 350mg/dl too. So frustrating
This happened to me at a restaurant and they comped my meal, literally all i asked for is if I could have another drink
I think it's less "OMG I nearly murdered this man" and more "OMG we might get sued".
Honestly, I’m at such a point where I need to stay very low carb or it’s 50-50 that sudden carbs will be no big deal, barely move the meter, or I’m at a number I’ve never seen before in about ten minutes.
Type 2, generally considered well controlled. I had ice cream for my birthday in March and nothing happened. I had a tiny bit of rice a few weeks ago and it tried to make it to 300 in about fifteen minutes.
I would be pissed tbh. What if you had to take insulin shots?
I generally try to stay calm unless I asked multiple times throughout the ordering process and still got regular AND was given a shit attitude about having it fixed. 99% of the time I say something once and it's taken care of quickly
Full sugar coke wont kill me. But after 40 years of diet. I have no ability to tell 0 from full. So not knowing would be pretty horid. There is no way of taking insulin that will get mer down as fast as the soda gets me up. So for a good several hours ill feel very very ill. I have a CGM now so likely would guess why. Before that it would be very hard to recognise the exact timing.
On the whole. Id much rather avoid 0 all together. I can smell diat vs any other. I like it after 40 years. Get annoyed by the cafs that have replaced it with 0 all the time. Its hard enouth if you want a diet soda cola is genrally the only option in most cafes and resturaunts. Now i am losing that.
It can go both ways though. Years ago my husband's grandmother was pointing to a serving of dessert at a holiday party. She was a few feet away from the table so I eagerly got the dessert for her thinking I was making a sweet old lady happy. As soon as I set the plate down, her granddaughter (my husband's cousin) laid into me, "SHE'S A DIABETIC, DONT GIVE HER THAT!". I was mortified and ashamed lol. I suppose considering her age, it should have occurred to me but it didn't.
People need to calm down!
They really do because I may be diabetic but an occasional treat isn't HORRIBLE. If my wife wants to get a dessert and all I had was meat and veg I'll have a couple bites.
I worked the kitchen in a nursing home and that's where I learned a lot about my diabetes by cooking for the old folks. For desserts it was generally half of what we gave non diabetics. 1 cookie instead of 2 or a 1x2 slice of cake or 1/16th a slice of pie etc.
Did she have a processing disorder or dementia for someone to react like that, she couldn't make her own choices or something? I mean, for them to yell at you? How infantalising that would be to someone. I'm guessing by context they managed by diet? It's always confusing for me when people just say "diabetes" then by context one has to guess to type and management.
How awful! I've had people in social situations not offer me food and say "oh you're diabetic". Yes they get read the riot act along with a crash course in type 1 if they refuse to listen (nicely, I try to educate, here I can rant ;) but oof what a horrible thing to say to a grown adult.
Basically, no matter the type, a grown ass adult shouldn't have someone tell them what they can nor cannot eat. Just awful-think of the connotation, that we can't manage our grown selves, sigh.
Thanks for this reply. I agree, the woman was in her early 90s. I say give her a taste of cake if she wants it!!
I have to be honest, I don't have a sweet tooth so being able to play the I'm a diabetic card has gotten me out of having to eat a lot of birthday cake/ thank you candies at work.
Sorry guys, it's me spreading the stereotype.
This is why i normally order unsweetened iced tea at restaurants. Way easier to tell if a mistake has been made.
This is why i never get drinks unless I’m the one who poors it. Im even iffy about fountain drinks. One high school worker getting paid min wage and not paying attention to which coke he puts in the machine could be all i need.
I haven’t gotten crazy sick off coke, but the spike that regular sodas give me is too extreme.
My brother tests the drink for me because usually I can’t tell the difference anymore. Its funny when someone mixes it up because he treats it like a bomb and is really careful to either take it himself or throw it out if he doesn’t like it. Poor dude thinks if I have one sip ill keel over.
It would be nice to see that reaction from fast food worker. I had to argue with a worker in Atlanta where I could see here filling my Diet Dr. Pepper with Dr. Pepper twice. A different worker finally understood that I needed DIET and filled it for her. She was baffled why I was yelling at her about it not being DIET. Yes the restaurant got feedback.
Pro Tip: Watch them fill your drink carefully.
I think the shock is from the potential complaint/sue from you and them losing their jobs rather than sugared drinks killing you.
I agree, It just kinda makes it awkward whenever this happens.