I'm a 22 year old single T1 diabetic and I'm so curious as to what everyone else thinks about that question. I think it would be great to date a fellow diabetic since we'd understand what the other is going through. On the other hand, it could get too crazy quickly. What do you think?
I've thought about it... it would be nice because you can understand what the other is going through..or borrow supplies from each other..look after each other..but man think of the medical bills together!...
If I was single, it wouldn't be a drawback at all. Maybe not one with terrible control as I wouldn't have the energy to manage us both, but it would be nice to have a teammate in the ongoing fight.
Like Shayla said though, the medical costs wouldn't be very fun.
My boyfriend and I are both T2. I'm 29 and he's 30, we've been together for 6 years. He had the big D first (since he was 13 or 14) and I was diagnosed just about 1 year ago.
It's nice because we can relate and sometimes share strips. Since we are both T2, we have to watch our carbs and it's easier since we're in the same boat. I think it would be so much harder to be in a relationship with someone who doesn't eat the way I do.
We like to play "who has the better bg" sometimes. Occasionally we'll test at the same time and get the same number.
I still have a hard time in situations where I'm around all non-diabetics, like in my classes in college. I feel so different, especially in situations involving food and since we often spend almost the entire day together, that's pretty often. It's nice to come home to someone who is just like me and understands.
Man I think I would get too competitive if I played "who has the better bg" with anyone!
We are all smokin' hot so, if I wasn't married I wouldn't exclude us... I agree w/ Shayla about the medical bills being gnarly though...
LOL, I agree that sometimes some hypos aren't really bad, it's like the green light goes on the fridge!
im having a dating dry spell lately, id date whoever!!
seriously, tho, i would.
I dated a T1D my junior year of high school. I was not a T1D yet but it was a strained relationship, her mum kept her tucked under her wing and although I could spend endless hours at her house her mum would only let us go out for 3 hours on Friday or Saturday night. Her mum was shell shock like the veterans coming home from the war unfortunately the endless days of constant worry had taken it's tole on her. Her mum
was very good to me and I tried to help her anytime I could.
I have met many T1D moms at local pump meetups and they can be a little stressed at times (actually that's a understatement)...I can't imagine how bad it could get for two T1D's trying to date while their mum's battled it out over all kinds of "D" related issues. I think it would make a good weekly TV show.
I would date someone diabetic as I think they would understand a lot more of what I'm going through, but I guess it also could turn into only talking about diabetes which I'm doing too much of at the moment maybe. One friend I go out with a fair amount before and after my diagnosis just doesn't seem to get it- I have tried to introduce him to the idea of low carb eating and he is trying it and turning his whole family on to it but he doesn't really eat low carbs when he eats out which is frequently. What we mostly did was eat out at good restaurants and I just don't feel comfortable doing that anymore as I have so many limitations now, including the portion size which is always way too large. I don't know if i can be around people who don't eat low carb now, it's too much temptation etc.