It's been a long week or so. It's been a good week, don't get me wrong, but a long one as well. My family don't know an awful lot when it comes to my diabetes, and the last week has been filled with family gatherings. This means lots of questions and comments regarding my diabetes. I'm all for advocacy and educating others about diabetes, but these comments come up time and time again!
"So what does this number mean?"
"You've already done that [check my blood] once, why are you doing it again?"
[When looking at the nutritional info on a packet] "You shouldn't be worrying about calories at your age!"
"How do you do that [shoot up] so comfortably? I could never do that!"
"So, you'll have diabetes forever? Like...there's no cure?"
That number means my blood sugar is high/low/within range.
Oh, how amazing it would be if I only had to check my blood once a day! No, blood sugar needs to be checked systematically throughout the day.
Yes. Another injection.
Carbs are what I'm looking at so I can adjust my insulin dose to match the food item.
I shoot up because I don't have a choice. The alternative is...I don't like to think about the alternative...I'll take injections, thanks!
And yes, I will have diabetes forever, or until they find a cure. Thanks for reminding me of that fact. It sucks. You don't need to tell me that. But I try not to think too much about it, because when I do, more often than not, it ends with me in tears. So instead, I look forward, and hope that, one day, the news headlines will read "Type One Is Type None".
Until then, I'll continue doing what I'm doing. Any comments?!
I feel better now.