Where do I start?
Being told I need statins with a cholesterol of 4.5 mmol/l. When earlier use left me in pain with a cholesterol of 6.4 mmol/l. I now eat butter no marg too, heh heh.
Being told we are at more risk of just about anything. IMO we're monitored more, period! Also the self fulfilling prophecy aspects of this are disturbing. How about focusing on keeping us healthy for a change and without chucking chemicals at the mere distant site of an 'abnormality'?
Being told that a sugar of 27-33 mmol/l (500-600 mg/dl)is not grounds for admission if there are no ketones (you still rapidly dehydrate), and due to ongoing abnormal bleeding from sets and injection sites.
In my experience we make a lot of medics nervous. Simply because we know more about ourselves and the condition than they do.
I could go on!
It ain't easy being D!! Especially when you bring others, who don't have to deal with it on a day to day basis, into it!! I generally do just fine with my control. So much so that even on the odd occasion where it impacts me enough to do something others are not familiar with, they have to remind themselves that I have this condition. It can just be that easy to not remember for them, while I can not really relax about it, no breaks or vacations for us!!
When sharing my diagnosis with a co-worker, she said, "Don't worry, diabetes is really easy to manage." My jaw almost hit the floor! Fortunately, another co-worker who had T1 in his family was also in the conversation, and he helped me clear up that misconception.
Another thing... I've never had a bad low in the presence of my mom & sisters, but they get this anxious look and tone of voice when they think I might need to eat something. So patronizing!
Don't usually see the need in including others, as much as possible, with my lows. Needing others to take care of me is an uncomfortable thought. Haven't cared for it in the past either, when I was helped by others. Glad they did help me, just believe I should be able to take care of myself, and encourage others to do the same!
Dean, I absolutely agree. Unfortunately, my dad (who had T1) always insisted he was fine when he was having a hypo and refused to eat anything. Everyone in my family had to save his life many times and there were some scary moments over the years. I think my family worries that it will be the same with me, but thanks to my dad's example, I'm vigilant about checking my sugar and doing my best to avoid and treat lows.
And with a low I know I too can be quite uncooperative, even aggressive. Not sure people realize how that can affect ones behavior but I know I wasn't ever in control during those episodes, was just told about them after coming to my senses. I have seen the scared look others close to me get when I am struggling with a low too. So many reasons to stay in good control but I also believe taking care of it myself has caused me to become heartier as a T1.
The worst for me was a fellow Type 2 that said to someone else in my presence" Gary takes insulin now." He said it with pity in his voice like I have a much worse disease than him. I don't need to be pitied because I think I'm doing great and would venture to guess that I have better control than him. I don't need to be pitied because I'm exercising my best treatment option.
It's amazing how hurtful other people's ignorance can be.
Or the idiots who suggest that it's a punishment from God....because I did not surrender or trusted him enough or whatever! HELLO....it's life...s@@t happens!!
I work in a hospital laboratory (we run the tests that give A1c results and stuff like that). I am a Type 1 in my 20's.
A morbidly obese co-worker commented on my food choices during a holiday potluck. She said, in front of the rest of our staff, that I must want to lose my feet and go blind.
As she ate a Triple Whopper with a piece of pie beside it.
omgosh Red....bet you nearly smacked her!!
Don't about Red but would have taken great effort on my part not to, Even more effort not to use a few four letter words.