Before having diabetes I didn't know much about it ... but I thought I did. My step mom developed gestational diabetes and after pregnancy she was diagnosed with type 2. My grandpa had type 2 and I knew there was a type 1 but I just thought one type you got through your family and one you didn't. Then in the 8th grade I meet a girl Lindsay Nance who had type 1(the only other person in the whole world that I've ever known who has type 1). Sometimes I wish I had a way to get a hold of her so we could talk we weren't that close but I remember eating lunch with her and asked her about her diabetes. I knew she had it because she told me after I had asked her why she always left class earlier before lunch, she had to go to the office to take her blood and to give herself her insulin shot everyday before lunch so she was dismissed from class a couple minutes early. That day at lunch she was eating some type of candy and I remember asking if she could eat that she told me she could eat anything she wanted. I asked her did you get it because you have people in your family who have it and she said no. (I remember being one of those people who ask me the same questions I get everyday). At that time I didn't realize one type meant you have to have insulin and that it was an auto immune disorder and one type you can usually control with diet and it might get to the point where you need insulin but your body still has some your just resistant right? Well I know now I didn't really know ANYTHING back then. We did the science fair together that year and I remember her giving herself a shot in my bedroom and asking me if it was okay she give herself her insulin shot in my room or should she leave the room but I didn't mind. I actually thought it was cool this sounds so weird but I remember wishing I had diabetes so I could be like her. She was so pretty and I just thought she was the neatest person. People say "Be careful what you wish for" I learned the hard way I guess. I don't know why anyone would wish diabetes on themselves but I did. Anyways the craziest question I remember asking her that day in my room was "Do you have the type where your sugar goes up or down?" she told me "both". Wow I thought "She must have the bad kind." Now I know both types your sugar is going to go up and down. I used to think diabetes meant your sugar was high and hypoglycemia was a type of diabetes where your sugar goes low. I thought this because my grandmother had low blood sugars but now I know it was for different reasons she didn't even have diabetes.
It's weird to look back and remember those moments so vividly and now I know exactly what she was going through. Yesterday I went out to eat with my boyfriend, his mother, his niece, and her son. His mother has type 2 and I have type 1. I remember pulling out my pump and counting my carbs and then his neice asked if it was actually attached to me everyone in his family has seen it hanging on the outside of my jeans but only one other person has asked about my pump. I told her yes and then his mom started asking questions too. She asked me if you could only get a pump because you numbers are way out of control like mine were?... But mine were never way out of control well I mean as normal as any type 1 diabetics are who tries hard to keep them undercontrol anyways I just said I think you have to just be type 1 to get a pump but I didn't get it because I was out of control I just got it to help my life be easier and not have to give myself so many shots. Anyways after saying that his niece asked Dorothy ,his mom, what type she has and said 2 and Diamond, his niece, asked how many stages are there like how many type? So do you (referring to his mom) have the worse type? (because in "stages" type 2 would be further along than type 1? I think that's what she was thinking). I wish now I would have explain to her better but honestly I don't think she would have understood very well anyways. I told her Type 1 means you absolutely need insulin there is no way around it I can't live without it Dorothy has type 2 and for the most part she should be able to control it with diet and excersize and Dorothy agreed.(I didn't explain to her that type 2 is progessive and you can use medicine and can end up using insulin but also didn't explain to her type 1 is an autoimmune disorder and that my body simply doesn't produce insulin at all)
After the conversation was over is when I started thinking about all this. I'm probably always for the rest of my life going to be asked questions like this and think back to the time when I asked the same questions.
What crazy questions have you guys been asked or maybe asked another diabetic of opposite type than you have or maybe before your diagnosis??