I think my diabetes video somehow leaked into the cosmos and made all the diabetic patients find me in clinic. I had like three in a row this morning.
"My blood sugar keeps dropping really low after I take my medication. Like 35, 36. And I feel like I'm going to pass out. Then I eat something and after a little while I feel better. And it keeps happening, like once every day or two. But it's all happened only for the past two weeks. Before that it was all fine."
"Are you taking your medication?"
"Are you eating anything different than usual?"
"Are you doing anything different at all?"
"Are you taking your other medications?"
"So you can't think of anything different you're doing?"
"Are you sure?"
"Uh, I don't know, I guess one thing but it's probably nothing."
"No, what is it?"
"I've been taking the medication sometimes after I eat instead of before I eat."
"Uh... yeah, that's the problem."
"No, no way."
"I didn't think it mattered."
"Yeah, it says on the label you need to take it before you eat. There's a reason."
"I didn't think there was a reason."
"No, you need to follow the instructions on your medication. The instructions are there for a reason."
"You mean every medication, I should read what it says and not just take it?"
"Oh, no one ever told me that before."
"Yeah, there's a reason we put labels on everything, with instructions."
"And when I take the medicine can really make a difference? You're not just screwing with me, doc?"
"No. It really does matter."
"Aw, that's crazy."
"No, it really matters. Please take the medication when it says to take it."
"Even if sometimes I have to go upstairs and get it, when I'm about to sit down and eat? I can't just take it afterwards?"
"No. You should go upstairs and get it."
"Oh, man, that sucks."
"Not as much as feeling the way you've been feeling, right?"
"I don't think that's really what's causing it."
"I think it is."
"I don't know. We'll see."
"Yes. We will see. Anything else today?"
"Do I really have to take this much medicine? I hate taking all this medicine."