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The Airbnb Pillow Thief

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

I saw red & blue lights in the rearview mirror of my Honda HRV. The patrol car had changed lanes directly behind me after I had blown past him. I had been talking to Sandy and didn't see him. I was busted! The South Carolina state trooper caught me!

I change lanes immediately. I pulled over quickly. The policeman pulled in behind me with his car set to pull out quickly if needed. He walked up to the passenger side of the window to be greeted by a very unusual sight…

The trooper started with his usual routine. He had obviously seen my Georgia tags.. He asked us what we were doing in South Carolina. This was actually a very good question. While we had to return to North Carolina doctor's appointment, we decided it was very close to Greenville, South Carolina and decided to visit the downtown water ways and the botanical gardens there.

Did I tell the officer this? Of course I didn't. Sandy had surgery on her foot three weeks ago. After surgery, she was supposed to keep it elevated for weeks. The gigantic bowling ball of a cast on Sandy‘s foot was sitting on the passenger dashboard of my car directly in front of the police officer. I shared the real reason for our travels... cast removal.

He asked if I had any idea why he pulled me over. I admitted that I didn’t see the speed limit change in the construction zone. It had just changed from 65 mph to 55 mph. I apologized and the polite officer asked me for my driver’s license. With a shaking hand, I passed him my drivers license. Off he went to run my license.

A shaking hand can be an indicator of blood sugar being off either high or low. I pull out my blood sugar meter to check my blood. While I’m doing this, the trooper returned to the car with just a warning. I was very grateful. I explained to the officer what I was doing. I even shared my blood sugar reading of 313. Sandy and the trooper looked a bit concerned. The policeman returned to his car and watched me drive off carefully. He was probably thinking he dodged a bullet letting the two crazy ladies go.

Yes, I misbehaved using my expensive lab/body and tested out a new dish. I had seen a crêpe restaurant. It had all sorts of savory crepes as well as sweet options. I know blueberries are a good fruit for me to eat raw. I know I can cook a blueberry compote to go in a parfait that will not spike my blood sugar. Not everybody is as careful with their recipe ingredients. I took a chance. I had the blueberry crepes along with the 313 blood sugar.

Instead of being judgmental about it, I acknowledged the lab results. That dish was not the best for me. My pancreas had started complaining as soon as we left the restaurant. I had already taken my insulin; so I was just waiting for my blood sugar to come down. I was just curious where my blood sugar was at the time.

I experiment often. I’m lucky to be extremely insulin sensitive. I pay attention to the symptoms of extremely high blood sugar: fatigue, frequent urination, increased thirst, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, recurring infections, dental issues, and tingling in the hand and feet. The symptoms of low blood sugar: mood change, headache, blurry vision, hormonal response, clammy hands, seizures, sleep disturbances, muddled thinking, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, hunger, food aversion, and tingling mouth, hands and/or feet can be confusing and frustrating since some are just like high blood sugar and can be just as dangerous. So when I experimented with a cereal recipe, I was extremely happy with the results. I tested this recipe on myself. Before I ate the cereal, my blood sugar was at 110. I had a half a cup of cereal with 1 1/2 ounces of heavy whipping cream. I waited two hours and tested again. My blood sugar was at 114. I’ll share my recipe with you, but please make sure to follow the serving sizes.

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup of flax seeds

1 cup of raw pumpkin seed

1 lbs. of almond and granola mix

1.) Combine in a large bowl and stir.

2.) Package in a zip lock baggy for freshness.

One Serving Size: 1/2 cup of cereal + 1 1/2 ounces of heavy whipping cream

The fat from the heavy whipping cream provide satiation and slows down the bodies absorption of the sugar from the granola mix. Raw pumpkin seeds are packed full of beneficial nutrients. One very important nutrient is the ammino acid, l-tryptophan, that improves mood and sleep. There are multiple health benefits from flax seeds too. They contain omega-3's for heart health, just like the pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds also help reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Sources: "Top 11 Science-Based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds"

Healthline 09/24/2018

"Flax Seeds 101: Nutritional Facts and Health Benefits"

Healthline 03/28/2019

This recipe is so fantastically simple. I should work on my crêpe recipe next. Maybe with lower blood sugar, I won’t get pulled over again by a police officer. Just as I was driving off from being pulled over, the phone rang. I have hands-free, so I answered the phone. It was the Airbnb we had just left an hour ago. The owner was inquiring about a pillow. I had been loading and unloading for Sandy during the trip. I didn’t load a pillow for her when we left home. For some reason, I thought she had a pillow for bracing her foot. My subconscious decided she needed one, so I accidentally stole her a pillow. Thank goodness the South Carolina state trooper didn’t realize… he had let the Airbnb pillow thief go!

The pillow did find it's way home. If this recipe finds its way into your home, please let me know. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.

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