After I was diagnosed with Type 1 at 49, I heard "You don't look diabetic" a lot, even from the pharmacist at Walgreens the first time I picked up my insulin and other supplies.
Just in the last week I have had 3 people ask me about my pager, which I explained is my insulin pump.
The only really dumb comment came from a trainer at my gym who was trying to sell me supplements. I told him I have Type 1 diabetes, use insulin and really don't feel comfortable with supplements. He told me his dad was also diagnosed with Type 1 as an adult, but he worked with his dad and after 4 years was able to help him lose enough weight to no longer need insulin. He told me he could get me off insulin a lot faster because I already exercise and did not need to lose weight.
Sales folks use that tool to sell you anything. Like "My mother is named Mary too", "I might buy a nice home like yours down the street", "Gee dad has diabetes". These types of comments throw you off guard with a salesman and sets you up for a sale. Classic sale pitches. I'm a long time buyer.
Someone probably already said this. I always get this statement. wow, you look really good to be a diabetic.
Another statement is So, how is your diabetes doing?
I'm like, oh they're fine, I'll tell 'em you asked about them.
LOL - oh they're fine... Made my day :)
Soon after my daughter was diagnosed at 4 1/2 yrs old, one of my friends said "just get her a pancreas transplant".... I just responded "they don't do that" and changed the subject but in my mind I was punching her in the face :)
You should have been like "Why not, can you go to the supermarket and pick us up one then? I hear they're very easy to come by"
Mental face punch, I like it!
My crazy thing people say...
Went to the store this morning, Wal-Mart cause it was open early and I ran out of strips last night, have had some wicked lows a couple of times last week so I was really going through them, insurance MIGHT pay for them early BUT I needed them now, not when Target opened up a few hours later. So Im like screw it will go to Wal-Mart, pick up a small container to tide me over till I can get to Target and get them filled there.
So Im in line, and I had picked up a few more things I needed like glucose tabs, cause some days I pop them all day long TRYING to stay high enough, but if I cut back then I run high all day, so its a fun balancing game.
Anyway long story short, Im at the check out, all my stuff on the counter and the lady making conversation I guess notices all the stuff Im buying and says to me, LOL you gotta love this one.
"OH someone has diabetes?" Im like NO idiot Im buying all this stuff for $hits and giggles. First of all its early Im not a morning person, second of all stupid people piss me off. I just kinda glared at the lady and said um YEAH someone is.
I've had some uncomfortable experiences at Wal-Mart. "Oh wow, you have diabetes, test strips are expensive" Dude, not helping!
LOL YES I GOT THAT TOO!!! I hate Wal-Mart. Only go there when I absolutely have too.
But what are you going to do about that tattoo when they find a cure????? Wouldn't it be fun to say "I used to be!" :-)
when they find the cure I will wear it proudly and add the "used to be" to it :-)