Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Am Always Carrying Two Tubes of Glucose Tabs

I am outside with my class on the playground.  The weather is absolutely amazing for the end of January! Suddenly, I hear my name being called, and not by one of my students.

"Jessica!  Jessica!  Can you help her?"

I look over and on the other side of the fence stands a parent I know, with a woman I don't.  There is some urgency in the parent's voice, so I run over.

"Do you have any candy or anything?" the woman asks.  I know immediately what she needs, and start backing towards where I have set my meter bag.

"My husband has diabetes and is crashing," she continues.

"Yes!" I say as I run over to my bag.  I grab it and run back.  "I have diabetes too," I say, digging for the elusive tube of glucose tabs I know is rolling around in there somewhere.

Come on...where are you...

There is is!

"Here," I say, handing her the tube through the fence, "take it.  I have another tube in here."

"I can just take a few out," she says.

"No, please, just take it.  I don't mind."

"Thank you so much!" she says, and runs back to her car, which has been left parked in the road, door open.

By the time I get a chance to look over again, the car is gone.  And I stand there in shock.  Did that really just happen?  Seriously?

What are the odds?  That she would stop when I was outside.  That she would ask a parent who knows I have diabetes for help.  That that parent would think to call me over.  That I happened to have two tubes of glucose with me.


I am stopping at the store on my way home from work tonight, because from now on, I am always carrying two tubes of glucose tabs.

Just to clarify, YES, this really happened to me!  Yesterday!  Crazy, right?


  1. There are no coincidences in life. Things happen for a reason. I'm so glad you were there and had extra tabs. I should learn from this. I never have two tubes and I'm lucky if I have one. I should know better. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Wow... this story gave me chills. Glad you were there to lend a "sugar-filled" helping hand!

  3. You superwoman, you! And when I first saw that photograph, I thought it was an empty toilet paper roll.

    1. LOL! I was trying to be brand neutral with my glucose tabs. ;)

  4. That's awesome! See? Another life saved and all in a day's work!

  5. I don't know your religious beliefs, but I see that as God putting all of you in that spot to help that man. Not only did you help him physically, but your act of kindness was the immediate emotional support his wife needed that that moment. I think I'm going to start carrying two containers as well!

  6. Such a great post :) Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Your mother would say 'It's a God moment' (and since I'm your Mother, you won't be surprised. When we take a minute to think about others - He uses even the most unlikely things to bring it back around to Him. Good job Babe!

  8. That is amazing. Thanks for the great post

  9. It was meant to be, and something that is even more evident from the result I know came to be from reading your future-post! Great job, Jess! Here's to being prepared and helping another PWD out!

  10. LOVE this! and I loved your mom's comment! smiles to you!