Okay. For those of you who know me, I'm a pretty private person when it comes to my D. I've been type 1 for 12 years and I've struggled pretty badly. I've been through a lot from ketoacidosis to insulin shock comas, etc. But it's NOT for lack of trying! I know a LOT about D, but I'm always still learning.
I keep pretty quite about all of this at work. I work in an office and have worked in an office for about 7 years. I've been within 3 different departments in the past 7 years, and have managed to keep my diabetes under the radar. I tell my manager only, and specifically ask her to not talk about it to anyone because I'm not an open person when it comes to my D. Especially with people that I have to see every single day. And people who I have to spend 8 hours a day with (which amounts to probably more time than I spend with my family) who THINK they know, but have no idea. I honestly would rather spend my time working while I'm at my JOB, than arguing with people over what's okay for me to wear and/or what's okay for me to drink. I don't need people who don't understand my situation to pass judgment on me.
So, within the past four weeks, while I was going through some diabetic trauma, with swinging blood glucose from 30 to 300 consistently, my boss told everyone in my office that I was out of work for one day (ONE day!) because I am diabetic.
Now, my co-worker, who is type 2 but under good control (her "highs" are 103), has taken it upon herself to school me on what I should and should not be doing. The chart above is what was happening when I went home early one day. I just could NOT concentrate. Last week she said "I feel the way you were feeling the other day when you went home- all light headed."
"Ummm... you have no idea" is what I WANTED to say, but I just said: "Oh, really?"
I don't EVER skip work or go home early. I probably took TWO sick days all last year.
This morning, I'm wearing my awesome shoes- like always- I love heels and strappy shoes, etc.
I have NO problems with my feet and my Endo has seen me in my fantastic shoes many many times. He only asks that they fit well when I wear them. And they do. NO problems with my feet.
But this morning, she took it upon herself to point out: "Aren't your feet cold? You aren't supposed to be wearing open toed shoes anyway. What did your doctor say?"
The only thing I could reply was: "My doctor told me I can wear anything I want to. Mine is a lot different from yours."
And her reply: "Oh really?"
So, I know that she's partly concerned, but part of me thinks she's just looking for someone to relate to, or complain about her diabetes to, or someone to school. Honestly I've been teaching her about carbs and whatnot for almost two years now- she just never knew WHY I knew so much about all that stuff.
And the tone of her voice is more: "I know something the rest of the office doesn't know." rather than in a whisper of: "I know you don't like to talk about this, but I just wanted to ask if it's different for you to wear shoes like that rather than for me to."
It just seems really gossipy and I don't like it. At all.
I'm private about my health. I don't want a big production about it.
And I'm really pissed at my boss for letting it out. I didn't give her permission to.
How would you handle this?