5 Questions Not To Ask a Diabetic

A dear Diabetic buddy of mine, Leah from TheInsulinType did a post on 5 Questions to Ask a Diabetic. I thought, well that is a good idea, but I am going opposite.

Let’s dive in here. Warning: Sarcasm and irritation will shine through.

Can you eat that?

Yes, I can eat everything you can. Should I eat everything? No, it is not only bad for your health to just have everything, but we should listen to our body and fuel them wisely. The only thing I most certainly can not have is poison and cookies with poison in them.

Does that hurt?

Now, what do you think? Poking yourself with a needle is going to hurt from time to time. So, the answer is yes, sometimes.

How many times do you inject and then “Oh, I could never do that”.

This is a question and then a statement to my answer. I need to inject every time I put something in my mouth. As my pancreas is not working this means that I can not inject only 3 or 4 times a day. I need to inject 7-8 times a day.

No, I am not stuffing my face with food but snacks needs to be injected for as well.

response to the statement, if you do not have another choice and your life depends on it, you will have to inject however many times a day to live.

Do you have the bad kind?

This is maybe based on ignorance or what the world perceive Diabetes to be.

There are no good or bad kind. There is just Diabetes. There might be different types but that still do not define good or bad.

I watched a Youtube video this morning where a Diabetic said when a doctor asked her if she is Diabetic and she answered yes and automatically adds Type 1, the doctor’s response was “oh yah whatever”. The type does not indicate to him a good or bad. It is just Diabetes.

Diabetes is bad and sucks.

They say __(any random food)__ can level your blood sugars. Have you tried it?

I wish it was this simple.

This actually makes me sad because this statement caused a massive fight between me and someone that used to be a big part of my life. It also makes me so angry and hateful. If it was that simple do you think for one moment I would still be calculating and figuring out every day why my levels look like they look? And what could have caused the spike or drop? Everything I eat influences my body/sugar levels/weight-everything.

And no, the answer to that statement is, it is complete BS.

We, as Diabetics, get very excited when people show interest in our condition and want to learn. On the other hand, we get really annoyed with statements and questions like the above. You might think it is a way of getting involved or caring, where in fact it is hurtful and annoying.

I blame society for the ignorance as comedians and meme’s have created a very wrong picture if what Diabetes is and confusing the types.

If you want to help, ask us questions that matters. An example or two

  • How long have you had Diabetes?
  • Where do you keep your life saving low snacks?
  • What happens when your level drops or rises.
  • What complication can you get from being Diabetic?

I linked the full post to Leah’s post up top.

Do you have any questions for me? Please do ask, I would love to help and clear things up.

E xx

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