When my BG dips below a certain threshold, and someone asks me a question, I begin spewing fourth every bit of knowledge, gossip, and opinion that I have on the subject. Typically this happens at home; M brings up a friend from grad school or the current Republican primary and I can’t shut up. I’m told that this can be rather entertaining. It’s also a huge cue for M and I that I may be low and we treat it accordingly.
But now take this situation into the lab where I work. I wear a lab coat and purple nitrile gloves for most of the day to protect me from the many hazardous things in lab. They also stop me from easily accessing my pump and Dex (all it takes is a quick glove change but I still find this rather annoying) and prevent me from being able to do a finger stick or eat a quick 15g at a moment’s notice.
Scene: I am in lab wearing my labcoat and gloves with Dex yelling loudly at me every 5 minutes. I fumble at my pocket in an attempt to quiet the obnoxious wailing (although no one can hear it but me through the constant hum of our spectroscopic equipment) and eventually manage to press the button without having to de-glove. I look at the clock. 4:45pm. Almost time to go home! I look at the computer screen at the 5 open spots om my excel sheet and calculate that I have about 20 minutes left of work before I cal fill in those blanks and go home. I make a decision. The low can wait.
In walks BossMan, my supervisor.
BossMan: “Hey Melanie, how’s the experiment going?”
Me: “Very well, I should be done in a few minutes and I think I’m seeing a pretty interesting trend in the data.”
BossMan: “Excellent, let’s take a look…”
20 minutes later (and no cloer to being done). Me: Well, I’ll just finish this up, and head out.”
BossMan: “Great! So, tell me what you think about WonderBoy.”
Side note: WonderBoy is the new hire whom I have strong feelings about. He is ironically named.
Me: “Well. ..” and I proceed to tell BossMan about every little thing the guy does wrong that has annoyed me over the last 2 months. BossMan has noticed many of these things too but I can see he is beginning to see WB in a new light. As I’m talking, I will myself to stop. WonderBoy will likely be fine in time, although he is certainly not meeting anyone’s expectations up to this point and I am not doing him any favors right now.
While we talk, I can feel my hands shaking as I try to clean my glassware and scrape a label off of a jar with a blade. Dex begins to wail again. This time I stop myself, deglove, and look at Dex. “Low.”
Me: “I shouldn’t be doing this.”
Me: “Sorry. I mean scraping off this label – I’m a but unfocused from having sat in the analytical room all day and playing with a blade is probably not a good idea.” I lie. I set down the blade and tell BossMan that I’ll finish cleaning in the morning.
I walk out of lab and head straight to my cube to chug a couple juiceboxes. As my BG slowly returns to normal-person levels, I feel terrible about throwing Wonderboy under the bus. Now, I wonder if I owe BossMan, and possible WonderBoy an explanation. After all, I do have to work with him for the indefinite future (although possibly less definite after I ran my mouth yesterday).
UPDATE: I explained to BossMan in the morning that I felt I had crossed a line the previous evening, apologized, and asked that he please disregard the things I said about WB. I explained about the low BG and now we have glucose stored in all of the first aide kits. I suppose that means all is good?