From Abby: Sodatastrophe!
The Great Soda Switch? Could it happen to you? Does this sound sensationalistic enough? ;) Abby experiences it firsthand.
(A recent Facebook status update from our favorite diabetes ninja convinced me to write this story. I wasn't going to bring light to it, because I didn't think it happened often, but apparently it can. And does!)
I don’t put much faith into fast food joints. I order safe things (if I even go) that I pretty much know the carb count of, or can look them up online, and I stick to things that are tried-and-true for me. Basically, I eat the same things, from the same places, when I'm eating fast food.
So a few weeks back, I was traveling home from a really fun (but blood-sugar-havoc-wreaking) trip to Rhode Island (No, not to see Kerri and the Bird, unfortunately [Editor's Note: Next time!!]) and we stopped at Panera to soak up some veggies and bread. I sauntered over to the soda machine and put my cup under the Diet Coke (the caffeinated one). What came out, you ask? Bubbly water. No Coke whatsoever. Lame. I walked up to the counter and politely said, "Um, excuse me? The Diet Coke seems to be out of ... Coke. It’s just soda water." And the woman responded, "Oh, really? Okay, I’ll have someone check on that right now. Sorry!"
And so I proceeded to fill up my cup half way with Diet Caffeine Free Coke. Or so I thought.
Another woman came out about ten minutes later and put a sign on the regular Diet Coke button that said “Out of Order”. Imagine how bummed I was, since we had another two and a half hour car ride back home. So I finished my meal, and filled up my cup with the not-as-tasty caffeine free Diet Coke on my way out.
And then chugged the whole cup in the car.
An hour later, Dexy is screaming at me that I’m 350 mg/dL with an up arrow. To which I responded, "What the heck? I always eat that food at Panera, and I know I bolused right.”
Finger stick confirmed: 372 mg/dL. This is when I realized that I probably didn’t notice the weirdness taste of the must-have-been Regular Coke I’d clearly chugged since it was supposed to be caffeine free and I chalked up the weird taste to that.
A quick stop to a gas station (to pee, of course), a liter of Aquafina, and a hefty correction bolus later, we were back on the road.
Moral of the story: Even the soda you get by yourself from the machine isn’t always a safe bet.
(Disclaimer I freaking love Panera and have been back since. This will not hinder the fact that their Asian Chicken Salad and Broccoli Cheddar Soup are downright delicious. I’m just going to stick to lemon water from now on. Safer.)