Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is:
Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September. The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”. Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes. Have more than one thing you wish people knew? Go ahead and tell us everything.
My answer is that it is a lot of work! A couple years ago, I was at a doctor’s appointment. I forget exactly what we were talking about but he came out and said that he did not understand why people would come in to see him and be upset that they were recently diagnosed with diabetes. He made it sound like it is no big deal to be diabetic. I was sitting there thinking, “are you freaking nuts?”
This was not just any doctor. He was the podiatrist that did the surgery on my foot. He was a wound specialist. He saw a lot of diabetics and saw plenty of complications from diabetes and he thinks it is no big deal to be diabetic.
I think there are a lot of people that think that all you have to do with diabetes is eat right and everything will be OK. They don’t seem to understand that our pancreases don’t produce insulin and we have to inject that insulin. Matching food and insulin up is not exactly an easy task.
When most people leave their house, they worry about having their cell phone and keys. When we leave the house, we have a laundry list of stuff that we have to take with us. If you want to go on vacation, you have to hope your refills don’t come due so you don’t run out of insulin or other needed supplies.
If you want to go someplace with your friends to eat, you have to try to figure out how much insulin to take when you don’t even know exactly what is in the stuff you are going to eat. Every time you eat, you have to stop and figure out how much insulin to take.
We have to be organized to remember all the things that we need to do every day. Some people use their cell phones to make phone calls. I use mine as an alarm to remind me to do d-stuff. We have to be good in math or at least know how to use a calculator to figure out how much insulin we need to take or how many carbs are in what we want to eat.
And we have to put up with annoying doctors that try to push drugs we don’t need or want on us because we are diabetic. They think everything that happens is because we are diabetic and not for the same reasons non-d people have.
There is a reason people have diabetes burnout! It is a 24/7 disease with no days off.