How are the holes in your boat?
This past week Judith made one of her typically wonderful statements and I do not want it to get lost. The discussion in question centered on a blog I wrote titled “Yelling Fire in a crowded Theater” it is located at:
It is small little blog and really it is of little consequence except for the one part that is profound from my friend Judith and her words just blew me away. Here is what Judith wrote:
“We are all in the same boat. It just sinks a little differently for each of us. Mine just developed a new hole or two that need bailing. I'm T2, but what I have learned from T1s and LADAs here on TuD is invaluable. It is preparing me for the next phase of this progressive scourge. I have felt shut out lately for trying to participate in any discussion out of narrow boundaries that are defined by "Type" ” (Judith From Portland, 2014).
What a terrific and sad metaphor. Over the last week I have been working on four guest blogs for other sites and I have written this blog now 3 times. Each time I write it, I just scratch it out and go on and do something else. The thing is I cannot write a blog worthy of Judith’s statement. This is my 246th blog for www.TUDiabtes.org. I appreciate each and every comment I get about one of my blogs, the ones that take exception, the ones that simply say hey I read your stuff, and of course the ones that say great blog or something to that effect. Over the year and one half I have been writing blogs here Judith has given me more than a few pats on my back, but nothing she has ever written touched me like this statement and metaphor. It is haunting I think because I think it is true.
While I wrote blogs about this statement for other sites, I just could not submit them for consideration. The reason is that her comments are really for the people of this site. I felt it would have been an injustice to carry this conversation outside our community.
I wonder how many of us have holes in our boat that we are bailing. I have several and I often rely on folks on this site along with my wife Sheryl to help me bail the water. In a way being on this site makes my bailing bucket bigger. Because I am here I get more hands on deck to plug the holes both metaphorically and sometimes physically. That makes this site special and different than purely informational sites. Many places have great information, none I know of have such terrific helpers, to jump in and bail.
But here is the thing; we really have to guard against being type oriented. I have been type 1 for over 40 years but I know so little about type 2 that often times when I see a type 2 discussion occurring I move on. I mean what can I offer? Not much really. But maybe that is the wrong question. Maybe I should enter those discussions, because just maybe something type 2’s, know will add to my bailing bucket.
Understandings of and treatments for these two causes of Diabetes are merging. Some scientists believe there is a genetic link to Type 2 (Winter, 2012). Victoza is being used by some type 1’s to smooth out their use of insulin (Close, 2010). Type 2’s are wearing pumps (Reznik & Cohen, 2013). Instead of diverging, our diabetes treatments and understanding are getting more similar. We have no reason to refrain from engaging each other.
Thank you Judith for hitting me upside the head about my shortsightedness, thank you for reminding me we have much to share and learn from each other. Just as important thank you for planting a seed in my mind about one of my shortcomings, I do need to listen in on and comment about type 2 discussions. Thank you for being a terrific friend. Friends often reflect back our own frailties. What you said gave me so much to think of. I appreciate what you do here.
Close, K. (2010). Victoza for People with Type 1 Diabetes? Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://diatribe.org/issues/26/test-drive
Judith From Portland. (2014). Retrieved August 30, 2014, from http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/yelling-fire-in-crowded-theater
Reznik, Y., & Cohen, O. (2013). Insulin Pump for Type 2 Diabetes: Use and misuse of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 36(Supplement 2), S219-S225. doi: 10.2337/dcS13-2027
Winter, S. (2012). Is it In Your Genes: Type 2 Diabetes. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/genetics