St. Patrick's Day and Diabetes.
Come on, like you didn't see this one coming.
So just about everyone in my office is wearing green today, and there's a certain jolly, slightly-inebriated vibe to the place. (No, we're not drinking. Yes, we should be. No, I don't have a flask strapped to my thigh, thanks. That's an insulin pump.) Don we now our green apparel, right? Our kitchen is stocked with Irish soda bread, and the stuff is tasty.
Seems that attentions turn to drinking and diabetes when March 17th rolls around. dLife has a whole section dedicated to the diabetes and drinking, I've written columns and blog posts about it before, people are polling the blogosphere about their drinking habits, and there are even quizzes you can take that touch on the topic.
I've always found that even a little alcohol can make my blood sugar tumble a few hours later, which is the thing that makes drinking a pain in the arse. Even when I have a drink or two (and subsequently get buzzed because I'm a lightweight), I need to make sure I down some carbs before bed to help keep the lows from attacking on the overnight. I've talked to a lot of other diabetics about this, and it seems to be one of those "your diabetes may vary" (hat tip to Bennet) moments.
Personally, I have never been much of a drinker, and there were so many nights in college when I opted for diet soda or coffee instead of a beer. But as I've grown a bit older and considerably more responsible, I have begun to appreciate a nice glass of wine or a few beers with friends. It sounds irresponsible to some, but I figure that as long as the drinks are infrequent and well-monitored, it's okay to cut loose once in a while.
Like tonight, maybe. :)
What are you guys doing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
(Sidenote: Today is both my father's birthday and our editor-in-chief's birthday. So happy birthday to both!)