I just want to get an idea about what others have heard / experienced by those that are "not in the know".
My absolute BIGGEST peeve is when I tell someone my softball catcher/soccer goalie/basketball playing daughter is T1 and they spout off "REALLY!? She doesnt look diabetic". I just want to stroke their hair and say "its a good thing your pretty". But I dont do that. I typically do a quick education about the diffeences between 1 and 2.
"That's the bad kind, right?"
Here's a great video - it's so sarcastic I couldn't help but laugh
Thanks! I needed to start my day with a laugh!
I love that video, my girls and i quote it all the time. I can honestly say that i have heard every single one of those dumb things, and then some!
I do think most folks are just uneducated. When my son was first dx at age 20 months, I got both 'he isn't overweight' and 'did you feed him a lot of sugar?' a lot. Drove me crazy!
Ugh! Yes! That one drove me nuts, too! Here I was with a baby, 23 months old, and people would ask, "Did you feed her too much sugar?" or "Is it because she ate too much candy?" SERIOUSLY?? She wasn't even 2 yrs old!! Further proof that people speak before they think.
I hate having to reeducate my daughter when we leave my parents house. They are both T2 and my brother is T2 as well. I just keep breathing and point out that, with regards to my family, I am somewhat active and have avoided it to this point. BUT, she has a totally different kind that is not so much of a lifestyle consequence as it is a lifestyle requirement. Then I point out that they are missing a few digits on their feet / entire lower limb as a result of them not taking care of their business. She realizes that by staying active and keeping an eye on them carbs she will have a good, fun, active life.
So I called the schools PE teacher because I had a question about the school policy regarding her testing before class. She said she would have to check on it and that she didnt remember much about diabetes. "It has been a while since my gestational diabetes". I wanted to say "well, it is ALMOST exactly the same thing as type 1 diabetes". What I think is troubling is that the instructor didnt know one of her students has a medical condition.
Unfortunately I think secondary teachers often dont know. I assumed that my daughters school nurse would be informing my middle school T1s teachers about her disease (since we provided informational packets and were told by the nurse that she would be talking to each of the teachers about it). The first any of her teachers had heard was a month after school started, when i informed them. This is especially disturbing since we do have a 504 in place. i guess they assume that she can completely self manage, luckily for us our daughter is pretty independent, but i know lots of teens who still need help doing shots and carb counting. Not sure what the schools do with them.
I got a new one...you invite an adult you know well with t1d to have dinner, talk to your child and motivate you. You end up hearing about all the "close call's" and night time paramedic visits. And then can't sleep for days.