Last night we got together with friends that we don't see too often. We were celebrating a few birthdays, so I being the dessert maker, made up a nice treat. Only one person in the group is a diabetic (D) like myself, and I saw their eyes bulge out when they saw what I had made, and I could see their nonD wife giving me the evil eye, as if I was going to kill her hubby due to sugar overdose! He's on insulin by the way, so he can "cheat" from time to time like I/we do from time to time.

As I was sitting around the table sharing appetizers and chatting up with the guys on all the latest news. I started to realise that I was wishing I was sitting with all my D friends that I've made contact with over the past year. I only started to socialise in D forums recently, and have found them to be a God send for when I'm feeling down or see someone asking for help. I was having an inner struggle inside of myself with feeling the way I was last night.

To read more of my dilema - go to - http://www.diabetes1.org/blogs/Annas_Blog/Socialising_with_nondiabe... - read more - and maybe let me know am I crazy to feel the way I did last night? Pulling my hair out in my fingers here - feeling guilty as sin.

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Comment by FlyWilley on January 18, 2010 at 8:26pm
I definately relate. We cook for every holiday. And my hubby's family always comes. We cook everything from stuffing to mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, potatoe salad, caseroles. And it never fails I always get "OMG, should u be eating that?". Then when I sit with my tbls of everything and try to count up my carbs so I can "shoot up" I get "Oh just come eat. Can't you do that later?". Then my mommy-n-law breaks in with "OMG I ate a donut yesterday and my sugar was 115 last night. I was so freaked out. That's high for me." No joke... that's a real quote.

And then there's the people I work with that bring in these great new dishes they made. They'll tell everyone about it and to go try it. Then, they'll look at me and say oh I'm so sorry I should have brought you something too...lol. Now remember, I work in an ER with RNs and docs.

Just last month, I was in the break room checking my sugar and getting ready to "shoot up". One of my co-workers walked in and said "awww you're diabetic. I'm sorry." Then another spoke up and said "Yeah, she's a bad diabetic. It's very serious. She's really got it hard. :(" ...WHAT?...I guess it's nice to know that she's concerned about me.

I used to try to educate people. But now, I just laugh and log another story for the "Ds" that know. I've already got a pump story. I was getting PT off the the ambulance the other day and this older lady seen my pump and asked me if I had an injury or are you addicted to drugs. I asked her what she meant. She said well you have a pain pump on, what's wrong with you. Then she told me that she's been reading about medical staff being addicted to pain killers and abusing them...lol. I almost peed my pants.
Comment by FatCatAnna on January 20, 2010 at 9:09pm
I think one of my problems was that one of my friends with me, is a diabetic, and he is the President of the West Island Diabetes Association that I've become VP of. He doesn't take care of himself very well, and I think when I sat down to eat my desert (heck - it was good) - he didn't have a slice like he usually does - and I felt guilty that I was enjoying my slice (silly moi). I have a feeling because he took his rapid insulin AFTER dinner, that his BG's weren't very good. I have tried to help him with learning carb counting, etc. (gave him the Pumping With Insulin book by John Walsh - which I used when I was MDI) - and he's highly intelligent - but maybe not in the D area (and I'll never claim to be an expert in it either). So, I think that was making me feel uncomfortable as I guzzled my drinks (had a wee bit more then usual - it had been a rough work week). With other D's like others have said here, we would have all been laughing it off.

May take you up on that offer one day Bernard! Boston is only a 6 hour drive, plus I work for a company there, they keep on promising me that I can come and visit them, as they only know me by SKYPE teleconferences and what I write! I should just fling on my cape and fly into their offices unannounced.
Comment by Kelly Rawlings on February 21, 2010 at 4:25pm
Thanks for picking up the magazine! It's edited for PWDs type 2, but still some useful info for us type 1s, too!

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