I'm curious to see how many of you may have ever requested some sort of "special treatment" because of your diabetes when it wasn't really a legitimate reason. For instance, have you tried to get out of a traffic ticket by citing blaming diabetes and not your own neglect of traffic laws? Maybe you tried getting out of Jury Duty because you might frequently need to check blood sugar or eat snacks in the jury box. (I tried, it didn't work). How about demanding a lunch-break just to put a halt to a physically exhausting or mentally mind-numbing experience at work, even if you didn't really need it? Smuggling food into a theme-park or movie-theater where you're not permitted to do so, just to avoid the park/theater's exorbitant prices? (me.... guilty, again!)

Please share your stories, and whether or not you felt any guilt for exploiting your diabetes for personal gain.

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Not really-- thought about it though if I ever got pulled over.

A few weeks ago I was feeling sick though and somebody decided to play that card for me. It made me so mad. After a sporting event this is how it went:
girl : is that an insulin pump? **points**
me : yes
girl : does that mean that you have diabetes?
me : yes
girl : does that insulin give you like less energy or something?
me : no, it actually keeps me alive.

Grrrrrrrr. This is why I avoid telling people most of the time. BG was really well, I was just not feeling well and hadn't slept due to final exams. I am so ready to kick @$$ at our next game. BRING IT!
There was one day at work when my insulin pump was getting low and I didn't have the supplies on-hand to refill it. I told me boss the situation and told him I needed to leave early. Since it was late in the day said I was just going to stay home. There was no quesitons asked and I was home before rush hour. So since then, there have been a couple times that I have used that excuse to get out of work early when I really didn't need to.
You're giving me some very dishonest, but tempting, ideas! :)
i played it to get my kid on the school bus, so that he would not have to walk 1.3 mile in not so nice neighborhoods and wake up half an hour earlier. No guilt at all
Would that really work? I mean, I haven't played the D card, but would theme parks/zoos/etc allow you to bring your own food if you tell them you have diabetes? Because that seems to be a big source of income for them, and they don't seem to be willing to give any of it up, lol.
If it's believable, yes. The person checking is likely a young part-time student who doesn't care anyway. But make it believable. If you're bringing in four footlong sub sandwiches and a six-pack of Coke, they might get suspicious.
Short and simple....NO>

20 Years ago my high school guidance counselor asked me if I ever used my diabetes as an excuse to get out of class. I was absolutely shocked by the question, as it had never even occurred to me to do that.  When I told her so she said "why the heck not?!  It's got to be good for something!!"  I loved her for that.  And I agree: it's got to be good for something.

One thing it's NOT good for is getting out of a traffic ticket.  I've been told that if one (with diabetes) is not well enough to drive safely then one's license can be revoked.  Don't know if it's true, but it seems like a bad idea to tell a traffic cop that I broke a law and potentially endangered others because I'm not currently capable of driving safely... so please let me drive away now.

how about if a parent drives like a bat out of hell to go home to get a site, do you think, if pulled over, that the police will be lenient? we were visiting family an hour and a half away, when my youngest son's site fell off. I did not panic because i had a spare in my purse.... I learned that day that sites do not cohabit well with all my purse junk....still no panic, I was pretty sure I had another one in the car, but no, so I calmly panicked. we said our goodbyes in three minutes and my husband happily sped all the way home, making it under one hour.
My thinking was that if we got caught, the police would escort us rather than giving us a ticket, what do you think?
What about having a small diabetes supplies bag hooked onto your purse? It would keep the supplies safe, and in good condition. Or perhaps have a purse big enough to hold a small bag? In a way, it was good luck you were only an hour and a half away -- what if you'd been ten hours away? You can't walk into a pharmacy and get pump supplies.

My other suggestion is to ALWAYS have a couple of syringes and a vial of insulin in your purse, assuming you already keep a meter there. You could have easily covered his BGs that way, and your husband wouldn't have had to drive like a maniac. I just don't trust the police to have any common sense, and if your husband HAD been stopped, it would have wasted more time than he saved by driving at high speed.
oh, do not worry, I have learned my lesson and now check the glove compartment to make sure we have a couple of sites before we go anywhere.

I would say no. I have neuropathy, and use a cane and handicap parking. I do not want anyone opening a door or helping me at the grocery store. I do quite well thank you, but I appreciate the gesture. I might be a little slow, but I still drive to the mall and cut my own lawn. It just takes a little longer. My biggest issue is the stairwell. that's like mountain climbing. I'm not an old guy and still exercise by walking almost every day. I check my blood sugar anywhere I like and don't care if people see me do it. And that string on my cellphone is not a phone. I don't have a cellphone. It's my communicator to the mothership -MiniMed.Oh, by the way those little white circles on my chest at the beach are tanlines, just round ones. Humor is contageous. Spread it around Scott G'day!

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