I am expecting family this weekend for the holiday and a celebration of my mother and stepfather's 30th anniversary of their meeting. Today was a busy day, as we were trying to finish our garden and get some grocery shopping done. Now, I know that fast food isn't the best food to pick, and I know there are better choices, but when you're in a hurry, a quick hamburger, value fry, and small diet seems like a deal. So I stopped in at the Burger King near the grocery store and ordered the hamburger, value-sized fry (of which I eat only half), and a small drink. I walk up to the drink fountain, fill the cup with diet, and go to check my blood sugars and take my insulin. Drat on the bgs: 150 mg/dl, so I draw up 3.5 units of insulin and inject. So far, no problem. Put the straw in the soda, take a drink, and..........
It is not a diet cola. It tastes like root beer or something like that.
I take it back to the counter, tell the girl behind the counter the nozzle labeled diet is not dispensing the right drink and that I would like a new cup for water. and, after thinking about it for a moment, decide I want my money back. No one apologizes, no one admits any wrong-doing, and the kids at the counter give me an attitude for asking them for a new cup, never mind the refund!
I think most people are pretty trusting. I know I generally am. If the label on the dispenser says "diet", I expect the drink I am getting does not contain a nutritive sweetener, such as sugar or more commonly, high fructose corn syrup. I remember hearing about this problem years ago, when I was first diagnosed, but I had never had this happen to me over the past 17 years. I am sure this was not done out of some sort of malice, but was a mistake by a kid who hooked the hose meant for the diet to a canister filled with sugary soda. Perhaps the person who brought out the canisters truly thought it wouldn't matter if the diet spout dispensed regular soda, not thinking that sugary sodas cause problems for some people.
Moral of the story: Don't take for granted that the drink from the soda fountain is diet, even if it says it's supposed to be. Perhaps it's best to stick with water or something you can sweeten yourself. As for me, I don't think I'll be going to Burger King for a while...if ever again!