Saturday, August 1, 2009

Funny-bone funny, but not so

by Anthony J Sepe


Today, I saw the funniest sign.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed… it just struck me  and my funny-bone, that I could not stop laughing.  I’ll share the quote, which I read at face-value, on the sign with you:

    • “If you are grouchy, irritable – or just plain mean – there is a $ 10.00 charge!”

                                      Author Unknown


1232491771v29zu7 On to the more serious side of things.  Now, after contemplation of that quote, let’s look at the words of the quote again.  ‘Grouchy’; ‘Irritable’ and ‘Mean.’  If you or someone you love should experience symptoms of dizziness, shakiness, sweating, hunger—grouchiness, irritability, I’d suggest the following:  see your physician or health care professional for a blood work-up.  This may consist of a 3-5 hour Glucose Tolerance Test or (GTT), which is usually about a 100 gram load.  If you receive or have received a diagnosis of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, please take it seriously.  Make sure to eat smaller meals and more frequently.  Keep your blood sugar even.  By the reading on the meter above, this person may have passed-out by now.  Therefore, next time you see a sign that reads: “If you are grouchy, irritable –or just pain mean – there won’t be a $10.00 charge, but in the meantime charge, -- with a quickness-- to get the glucagon tube or a form of a simple sugar and follow the 15 minute rules and retest the blood sugar reading on the meter. (And, let’s hope it goes up.)

Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh man, I know the feeling of having low bs. I swear I carry around food wherever I go because the second I start to get hungry, I get grouchy! I'm not diabetic, but I'm always prepared for a bs drop. IT's crazy how I change when I get hungry!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Gina.

    This may be of some help: I have recently seen really small packages of cheese and crackers, individual cheese wedges, and unsalted pretzels w/peanut butter that could be easily accessed and carried within a purse, briefcase or even maintained within an office desk drawer. Perhaps, some of these items may be carried by your local grocery store, and I'm sure there may be others, as well.

    My best regards,