"What kind of doctor are you? You're not uplifting," she replies.
I've known this woman for almost twenty-five years, and she has always questioned my diet, exercise regiment, and routine blood testing. Give or take a few changes in science my response has always been the same. Recently, diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes herself, she frequently calls me with many concerns. When I reply to questions she asks, "Why? How do you know? I don't believe it."
"I've been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 38 years, 4 months, 5 hours, and 2 minutes that how I know. Besides certain facts are ingrained. Keep giving me a difficult time and I'll disconnect you."
Three of her siblings have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and take insulin and or oral medication, and one decided to exercise and modify diet and no longer requires medication.
"Can I eat corn in cream sauce, with Cornish hen?"
"Read the grams of carbs and fat to me."
"Why ask why? Just do it? If I go into detail you'll tell me to condense explanations. I'm going to explain how to serve the corn with healthy modifications. Eat 3/8 cup of corn combined with fresh green veggies, 2 ounces of cornish hen without skin, 1 fruit..."
"What about potato bread?"
"Get the package and read the carbs? Potato bread is full of carbs. You might want to buy wholegrain bread."
"Now I understand your doctor's plight. When you're ready call me. I have a book entitled Get Control of Your Blood Sugar by Gary Scheiner, M.S., CDE. He's been living with Type 1 diabetes since age sixteen, and sees patients, but I wouldn't wish you on him."