Thursday, May 14, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week - Changes



Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

So many choices…there’s a lot about Diabetes that needs to change: a functioning pancreas, the creation of some sort of device that functions like a pancreas, a device that collects all of my data with no input from me – BG’s, food, exercise, insulin given, sleep patterns, stress levels, etc. But I think the biggest thing that needs to change in relation to diabetes is people attitudes.

I’m extremely tired of people asking me if I “should eat that?” or saying that “that’s not good for you”. It’s really no one’s business but mine what I put in my mouth. I get that they’re trying to be helpful but what would be really helpful would be to read up on Diabetes and understand that I can eat anything I want – in moderation and as long as I bolus for it.


The same is true for people without the D. I sometimes wonder how they would feel if every time they were about to eat something that wasn't a fruit or vegetable, I asked them if they would eat that. I’m guessing their response would be pretty similar to mine. 

Rant Over. Look at the Squirrel


4 comments:

  1. Amen to this: "what would be really helpful would be to read up on Diabetes". It is always nice when others take even 5 minutes to try to gain a better understanding of what we go through. It also bugs me that diabetes seems to be "okay" in others' minds for them to provide "advice," where other illnesses may seem like unchartered territory to them. Diabetes has at least given us the perspective to never tell a cancer patient how he/she should feel, etc. For that, I am thankful. But I wish others would take the same memo to heart with diabetes more often.

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  2. Yes, that's certainly my favourite comment - "oh, you can't eat that cake, can you?" And how everyone just has to tell you about their friend's brother's cousin's wife's kid who has diabetes too!

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  3. Yes, that is one of my pet peeves too!! I never think to tell people what they should or shouldn't do so I can't believe people do it to me!

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