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A Two Minute Safety Tip

As a hobbyist woodworker, I often find myself out in the shop after work, and sometimes after dinner. As a diabetic, I also recognize when I feel lightheaded and tired, there's often a good reason - my blood sugar numbers are low. Upon the advice of my endocrinologist (diabetes doctor), I now keep a few small bottles or boxes of fruit juice in the shop. When I feel sluggish, I take a break, grab one, and check my numbers in 10 minutes or so. Often, I'm ready to get back to my project shortly thereafter. Even for folks who aren't diabetic, staying focused when blood sugar is low can be an issue.

I would also consider getting a cheap small hotel room size fridge for the shop. They don't take much space or power and can keep those goodies cool in summer and from freezing in winter. Often, they can be found on Craigslist or at garage sales.

Jim Mullen
Wichita, KS

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