But my guest wasn’t hungry.
Every year, I ask the doctor to have me tested for diabetes. It runs in my family, you see, and, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a large BMI.
It always comes back as negative. And I’d like to think that since I’ve memorised the warning signs, that I’d know if I was.
Taking that into account, I’ve always had an issue with low blood sugar. My mother was well aware of it when I was a child/young adult, correctly informing me when I got particularly stroppy, grumpy and argumentative that my blood sugar was low and I needed to go have something to eat.
The hubby has learned this lesson well, too. He has been known to bring me food when he notices the signs, to prevent the yelling.
As for me, I don’t always know when my blood sugar drops. I *do* know, however, that when I finally have something to eat, it’s like my head clears. Or that a curtain of grey is lifted and suddenly everything is back in colour. It literally feels like someone has removed a grey cloud from my inner vision.
I was reminded of this today when I had a friend come by with her children to play. We fed the children lunch, but because my friend didn’t want any, I didn’t eat anything either. Somehow I’ve got the idea in my head that if your guest doesn’t eat, you don’t eat either. Go figure.
I surreptitiously grabbed a bit of food here and there, but it clearly wasn’t enough to keep my blood sugar even. By the time they left at 2:30pm, I was in a horrible grumpy mood and my children took the brunt of it. Good thing they’re used to it and ignored me.
Fortunately, I was well aware of what the issue was and I sat down and had a full lunch, even though it was very late.
My poor hubby called before I had something to eat though, and he got an earful. And tears. More than he bargained for, at any rate!!
Then my head cleared again, and now I feel much better. And determined to remember to keep my blood sugar even!!
What do you do when you have guests that don’t want to eat and you *need* something? Do you eat anyways, eat something on the sly, or wait? And if you’ve been on the other end of that – the guest that doesn’t want to eat, how would you feel if your host excused themselves and explained they needed to eat something?