I went to a church social this afternoon and they did not start eating until 3.30 by which time I was desparate but too polite to get anything. I had a woman come up to me and say very loudly that I should not be eating chocolates and raisins which were lying around while people had drinks! But what is a woman to do? I was dropping fast! Unfortunately it went back to 29.8!! But at least an emergency was averted! It would not look good for a guest in polite company to break out into a sweat and looking as though it was ME who had been baptised!
I have done exactly that, and if anyone questions me, I just tell them that I have diabetes and HAVE to eat. I am fortunate that no one has ever given me any problems after I tell them. This woman may simply have been ignorant, and not polite enough to ask you why you were eating instead of voicing her opinion. There will always be fools out there, but the trick is not to let them get to you -- it's THEIR problem, not yours!
Last time I went to get my Apidra pen refilled I found out there was a shortage and when I called my Endo to get a new rx for novolog, no one returned my call. I finally had to go to Patient first, as I was totally out after my last pen failed. I had to listen to the Dr. for about half an hour explaining to me what diabetes was and how I should plan to have a babysitter watch me the whole weekend because insulin can give you low blood sugar. I tried SO hard to be polite. I just hate when Dr's think you know nothing about the diabetes you live with EVERY DAY.
This happened to me in class the other day. It was so funny how my teacher reacted to my super low bg (39) but then annoyed me when she acted like me eating fifteen carbs wasn't enough. Talk about humiliating, I was like who has had diabetes for nine years and I pretty sure you going crazy isn't helping. Plus I didn't feel so good either at the time.
The teacher was probably just panicking and trying to help. Unless you have taught HER what to do and how much, then she is not likely to know. But try teaching her BEFORE another episode, when you are compus mentus and can remain calm!
The most memorable judgment I've ever heard was right after I was diagnosed in 5th grade (10 year olds are so mean). One of my classmates turned to me and said "You got diabetes because you ate too much pie." When I told her that wasn't true, she said, "I know because my grandma has diabetes and that's how she got it." Then she walked away.
I've encountered so many situations like this that I'm numb to it but I will never forget that one because it was the first one.
im 16, and sometimes people joke about how im 'taking drugs' when i do my daily injections, its like seriously, grow up! and when people automatically assume you can't eat chocolate and silly things.
The latest one I got yesterday was "your overweight, how could you have a low blood sugar"? Grrrrr &(*&(*T&^%R&^$%
Tuesday night, I was out with friends after class, and I ordered a slice of pie (yes, I know). When it got there and I was drawing my insulin, one of the girls was like "Teowyn, should you eat that?" I just looked at her straight in the eye and said: "Don't worry, I'm not planning to eat the crust." sigh. My guesstimate of the pie (it was a creamy thing with coconut on the top) must have been accurate because I didn't go high later.
Then about an hour later (when everyone who had been drinking were on their second or third glass) someone offered me some wine, and when I said I didn't drink, they said "But you eat pie." sigh again.
Of course, this comes after the day before when I was in class, explaining why I think diabetes doesn't make good story (there's no arc unless we're dealing with a crisis, just part of life) and someone else piped up "But what about the Babysitter's Club" (which I don't remember reading by the way) where apparently, one of the girls has type 1 which makes her really skinny and wet the bed all the time. I was stunned into silence (although thinking back, that kind of proves my point, the books had a character with diabetes, but the books couldn't be about her struggle--they were about babysitting, with diabetes as a background part of the character) that this is the thing they associate with the disease.
Teowyn....you will NEVER make non diabetics understand fully! It's the way it is. People (no matter how close they are to you) will not fully understand 'till they have to deal with it THEMSELVES. That with ANY chronic condition.
Bet you felt like pushing the pie in her face though ;P
Amen, I am seriously finding that out the hard way. However, in truth, sometimes the same things goes for diabetics too. There just doesn't seem to be an urgent need to read, unless you are forced to by some circumstance.
re. pushing the pie in her face:
Nah, I'd already taken my insulin. On the other hand, I felt like pointing and making rude comments when she got her second beer.