My Drinking Problem

I don’t wanna play diabetes any more. Sometimes it just gets to be too much trouble.


OK, what is it now?

In a word, drink choices. (Two words, then.) Once in a while, when traveling, I like to skip the water and get a soda or an iced tea. In the soda realm, there is generally one choice of sugar-free beverage: cola. I don’t like cola-flavored drinks. Actually, I pretty much don’t care for soda. Sugar-free iced tea? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Now, this is when we’re traveling on the interstate and hitting the vending machines at rest stops. On the road, when we stop at convenience stores, is another matter. And, on long trips, we generally pack drinks in an ice chest.

But think about things like flying. You can’t take a drink through security, and you’re pretty much limited to diet cola (and, of course, water) on the other side. Trains also have their limits.

In this case, however, the feeling hit while I was browsing through the drink choices for my single-serve coffee pot. Which doesn’t limit itself to coffee. As it happens, I like Half ’n Half, which is half lemonade and half tea. There was a Half ’n Half choice in the company’s store. It was not sugar-free. Grrrrr. You’d think with 583 1/2 choices of drinks, they’d have a sugar-free Half ’n Half.

Yes, it’s a petty reason, but sometimes I’d like to be just a “normal” person (whatever that is) and pick a drink without thinking about carbohydrate content. In the meantime water is good for you.

I’ll be testing the “getting drinks on the road” bit over the next month or so. At the end of this month, my traveling bud and I are headed for Chicago — picking up the college kids on the way — to see Wicked. In case you’ve been living in a cave, it’s a multi-award-winning prequel (of sorts) to The Wizard of Oz. Perfect for Halloween.

As an aside, I have to get tickets in accessible seating. In this case, the theater gave me two tickets in the premium seating area for less than the cost of the regular seats. For my granddaughter and grandson-in-law to be, I got seats in the balcony. Very good ones in the lower balcony: They’re not schlock.

When my granddaughter found out where traveling bud (aka companion) and I were sitting, she did a bit of good-natured ribbing, so I shot back: “You know the expression ‘that cost me an arm and a leg?’ Well, a seat like that literally cost me a leg. If you want to make the same sacrifice, feel free.” She declined.

A couple of weeks after that, my Sweet Baboo and I are headed to Cincinnati to meet friends halfway for the weekend. While there, we must go to Jungle Jim’s. It’s a HUGE international grocery store. It isn’t totally “you want it, they’ve got it,” but it comes mighty close. You can come home with the most amazing foods from all around the world.

In between, there’s a “Dinner and a Movie” Sisterhood fundraiser, for which I’m half of the cooking team. We serve dinner and show a movie for less than the cost of a movie, much less the cost of a night out. We have an aging congregation, so we start the festivities early and keep the cost down. It’s a good night out.

The Hanukkah shop opens November 3, and we’re serving coffee and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) to shoppers.

And then, of course, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah hit at the same time.

Darned rotten time to have diabetes, if you ask me.

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  • jim snell

    amen to those comments. Sugar free sodas choice is tiny. I agree. Unless you drink Mountain Dew and want your hair standing straight up and one can find the diet version.

    Glad to see your hitting on all cylinders again Jan.

    At Christmas time, I come from an old English background where aged home made rum laced fruitcakes laced with candied fruit are a treat and the calorie content is thru the roof. Careful juggling of meals and content and I can have a small piece. This cake is 8 pounds and takes hours to cook at low temperature. And soaked in 2 cups of decent rum.

    Best wishes and thanks for cheering us up.

  • Rob

    And for those of us that are allergic to the fake surgars there is even less of a choice.

  • BK CDE

    I pretty much only like water so had not thought much about these alternatives, but would it taste decent if you carried a lemon crystal light packet and poured it into unsweetened iced tea? If you could get unsweetened tea that is. Just a suggestion. I realize it might taste awful, but I think you could take it through security at an airport. Good luck.

  • Christine Richardson

    This has been a pet peeve of mine for many years. Especially as I hate plain water. I’ve tried both the Mio-type drops, and Tru-Lemon, -Lime, and -Orange which contain no sweetener at all so you can doctor them up as you choose. All of the above are small and convenient to carry. In the meantime perhaps the manufacturers will remember there are about 10 million people with diabetes in this country not to mention those on diets!