I've experienced a lot of annoying comments but probably the most annoying was a former co-worker. When she found out I have diabetes, she said "Oh, well, I better not sit near you then. You're contagious."
At first I thought she was kidding. She wasn't!
I was in an argument with people I knew through a friend online and four of them kept stating that I was just lazy and didn't want to cure my type one. Another person insisted it was because I ate meat and my parents ate meat, even though I'm a vegetarian. And someone else said it would be cured if I did some research and ate a raw diet.
OMG....what the H is wrong with those people!!!!!
I second that Linda. Although it does sound like a case of stupid to me
Believe me. It gets worse...
You shouldn't have kids because they will be diabetic.
I have had people say to me..."are you supposed to eating that?"...
To which I reply... are you supposed to treating your spouse with love and respect?
basically I am telling them your relationship is more sick than I am.
They say "You should not eat that your a diabetic?"
to which I say.."well, what am I supposed to eat?" they have no answer.
This is a personal disease and only when I own it myself is when I can some level
of control to manage it.
It's funny, I see this comment on the board frequently (which, yes, is definitely annoying!). I've never gotten this comment, what I get is the opposite: This restaurant has great (vegetarian) pizza for you, Zoe! Basically, "I thought it's just sugar you can't eat when I refuse the lasagna, pasta, cereal, rice, bread or potatoes." Oh yeah, and when I occasionally treat myself to potatoes with breakfast when I'm eating out, in a puzzled tone, "you don't want the toast??" One of the advantages of being D: Knowing that both toast and potatoes is way too many carbs!
I was in my hospital room the day following my admission when I was diagnosed. This is a "learning" hospital meaning that interns are all over the place. You get to see several interns before seeing a doctor. The first intern came in and upon looking at me sitting on the end of my bed watching TV, stated, "Well...you're not a really big guy." with a very perplexed look on his face. At the time, I was diagnosed with Type 2 and the medical community thinks that everyone with Type 2 is overweight.
The next neato thing said to me was by a customer of mine. "So...guess you ate to much sugar." My response was, "Nope. Diabetes has nothing to do with that." and just left it at that.
There have been so many others. Way to many to name at this point.
Oh Thalamos....this association of Type 2 to being overweight burns me!!!
Can I ask why, Linda? Most Type 2's are overweight. This doesn't mean they're bad people or that it's their "fault"; it's just a common consequence of Insulin Resistance, the hallmark of Type 2. To me when someone describes themselves as a "thin Type 2" my first thought is, "perhaps they've been misdiagnosed and are, in fact, LADA/Type 1. If Thalamos' doctor (or mine) had followed that thinking through and explored other factors that are uncommon to Type 2 such as insulin sensitivity, low c-peptide, other autoimmune condition, time to needing insulin, and of course, Antibodies, he/she would have come to the correct conclusion that we are in fact Type 1 and saved us (or me, speaking for myself) a lot of time, energy and money wasted on the incorrect treatments.
I know a guy who originally told me he was Type 2, thin, a runner, quite fit, but still went straight to insulin. Saw him some years later and he told me that he was told he was mis-diagnosed and was actually a Type 1. Type 2 seems to be the gradual onset of insulin resistance, brought on my poor diet and health. I am no doctor, but seems to me if you go straight to insulin and are not in an unhealthy state (overweight and don't exercise) then you probably have Type 1. If you can exercise, lose weight, eat better, and your diabetes goes away, then that is definitely type 2. Something very different than type 1, in my opinion. And that is a big problem because it detracts attention from the, still incurable, type 1.