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St. Patrick's Day Automatically Equals Drinking?

Oh, I love this photo.In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day - which is somehow all about drinking and has very little to do with the fine Irish heritage of people with wonderful accents and a delicious cereal -  I'm revisiting a post about diabetes and alcohol, while I work on a recap of JDRF's Government Day activities.  And also, a little Mills Lane goes a long way.  Also, also, I finally figured out how to make the font green.  That was about six years in the making.

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The microphone drops down and Mills Lane plucks it out of the sky.

“In this corner, bringing a bevy of boluses and carbonated carbohydrate content, wearing Gold Shorts and a lime wedge, weighing in at about 12 oz is the mysterious new challenger, La Corona!” 

He raises his fists in the air and burps.

“And in this corner, The Titan of Tight Control, the A1c Ally, weighing in at about 9 oz and made up of cheap vodka, cranberry juice, and a splash of Tropicana orange juice – the reigning champion, The Mighty Madras!”

Madras also pumps his fists, holding tight to a thin, red straw and a test strip.

“Gentlemen, this is the title match.  Nothing below 50 mg/dl and nothing, nothing above 250 mg/dl – do you hear me?  I want a good, clean fight.  Now let’s get it on!”

Bell rings.

“And the Corona lurches forward right away, fists flailing! Look at those carbs, folks!  The Mighty Madras is backing off a bit – I can hear those ice cubes clanking against the side of him!  Corona reels back, swings out and oooooh! A solid hit to the jaw of the Madras!  He’s falling back!  He’s staggering!  Could he be out already?  Is this newcomer going to knock the ol’ Tried and True out of the ring? 

The Madras is leaning against the ropes … he looks exhausted!  Only a few minutes into this fight and the Cold Corona definitely has the upper hand!  This could be it! 

… But wait, what’s this I see?  Yes, the Mighty Madras is on his feet!  He’s taken out a blood glucose meter from his pocket.  He’s looking to test Kerri – judges?  Are we allowing this?  Yes, the judges are allowing a blood test.  And Kerri, after having two of the icy cold Coronas, is up to 253 md/gl!  Her bolus was grossly under estimated!  They’re flashing the results across the marquee – indeed, Kerri is high and the Corona can’t stop staring at the number! 

And – ooooh! – the Mighty Madras has snuck in a jab while the Corona isn’t paying attention!  He’s now pummeling the Corona!  There’s lime juice everywhere, my friends … this is truly a gruesome beating!”

Corona is leaning against the ropes, exhausted from the beating.  The Madras reels back his fist, angry that Kerri didn’t measure correctly for her drinks and is now high as a kite.  He knows he would have been easier to count.  He knows he could have let Kerri enjoy steadier blood sugars and a night out.  Why did she pick Corona?  Was it the price?  Was it the fact that “out having a beer” is what she preferred over a more pretentious mixed drink?  Madras didn’t know.  He didn’t care.  All he knew is that the Corona was horning in on his woman and he wasn’t standing for it.

“And the Madras has brought out a bottle of insulin!!  And OH MY GOD he’s cracked it over the Corona’s head!  Corona is out!  It’s a knock-out, dear viewers!  This fight is over!  Over!”

Corona falls flat against the mat, out cold.  The ring smells of sweat and insulin.  Mills Lane grabs the championship belt and thrusts it into Madras’s hand, declaring him “Winnah!”  Madras, bleeding profusely from the eye and crying, raises the belt to the air and yells, “Kerri!  Kerri!”  Kerri comes running from the stands, meter in hand, and stands in front of him as she tests.  “153 mg/dl.  I’m coming down.  I’ll be more careful next time I drink high-carb beers, O Mighty Madras.  I promise!”

They embrace.  The “Rocky” theme swells in the background.  Kerri decides that the next time she wants to have a beer, she needs to measure more carefully and bolus with more precision.  She also discovers that she has run this storyline into the ground.

Mills Lane wipes the tears from his eyes.  “I love a good fight.”

Happy St. Patty's Day, all!  Be safe, regardless of what you're up to today.


Wait you bolus when you drink?? We need to talk about this tomorrow... Also, autocorrect changes bolus to Jolie. The Angelina type, I presume.

Awesome! Just awesome.

HA! Happy St. Patty's Day to you Kerri. I am boiling my corned beef as I type!!!

What fun! Your posts are so entertaining to read; you're such a gifted writer.
I find it all hard to precision bolus for any alcohol: beer, wine, or spirits...not that it stops me!
Happy St. Patrick's Day Y'all!

This is amazing :) #thatisall :)

Loved it! I was cheering for the Madras all the way(not a beer person at all) sometimes the sugary carbish stuff is easier to figure out.

To funny, I love a good fight too, have to be a good one to deal with an opponent like D! Cheers and Happy ST P's Day!

I never bolus when I drink! I can't even remember the last time I had a drink, but when I do, it's usually with food, and I'll bolus normally for the food, but take nothing for the alcohol. It will cause my sugar to spike for a short while, but then I come crashing down so no insulin to cover drinks is what works best for me. Everyone is different though, I know.

I miss St. Patrick's Day as it was celebrated in Ireland when I was growing up there..no idea if this is still the case. Most older folks wore a sprig of shamrock on their collar, you could buy shamrock plants for about a week beforehand. St. Patrick's was a public and bank holiday, so most folks spent the time watching parades with friends and family. Wearing green outfits is one thing, but I do miss those small shamrock bouquets.

Ahh.. the never ending debate on the betes (as I call my diabetes) and drinking. I am a type 1 diabetic, and I drink, however, I stick to the same thing; light beer and monitor my blood very carefully. I only bolus when I have food when I am having drinks, because like several of you mentioned before me, several hours afterward my blood sugar does drop (like its hot).
The fact is, we are still human, we still like to have a drink from time to time, we just have to pay attention to our bodies a little more than the average Joe (or Jenn) does.

That is how I landed in the ER (1st and only time)drank 6 smirinof ice (fully loaded with sugar) didn't eat but gave insulin for all of the drinks. Hit my ultimate low and woke up to 8 paramedics! Lovely story I know. Just know your body and how much to give for the drinks-light drinks do work better for us.

Love reading your posts. Very entertaining. I also am one that does not bolus for drinks, only for the food I eat it with it because I plummet later. I am a beer drinker. Unless of course I have the occasional strawberry dacquari. Then I bolus for half of it ifhas alcohol.

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