Will my pump or CGM start beeping during an interview?
What if I go low?
And it got me thinking of all the different things that people without diabetes will never have to worry about.
- Low blood sugars
- Eating the fridge during a low blood sugar
- The rebound high after the low and eating the fridge...and the pantry.
- Rage bolusing
- Interesting logical processes during a low/high
- Wondering if you'll wake up in the morning because that low is just not coming up, no matter how many glucose tabs you've eaten
- Having to eat glucose tabs
- Excitement over better tasting glucose tabs
- The joy of seeing a PWD in the wild
- Insurance companies
- Going low/high during an interview, exam, or meeting
- Having medical equipment start beeping/vibrating every 5 minutes during an interview, exam, or meeting
- Having to fight to even have your medical equipment with you
- Bitter melon
- Paleo diets
- Eating a cupcake in public
- Not being invited to social gatherings because "it's just too difficult to deal with you"
- Other people's grandparents
- Strip Safely
- Number of stabs
- Numbers...all the numbers...
- Failed SWAGs
- Doctor appointments...especially with doctors who don't know jack about diabetes
- Steel Magnolias
- Complication horror stories
- Feeling like a walking pharmacy
- High because sick or feeling sick because high?
- When your meter talks to you
- "You don't have to prick your fingers anymore!"
- People feel more sorry for your significant other and family members than they do for you...because it's obviously harder to watch than participate*
- Mail order pharmacies and their miraculous ability to never get supplies to you on time
- To bolus or not to bolus for protein
...just to name a few! Feel free to add to this list!
And I know that some of this doesn't apply to all diabetics, and some of it applies to other disabilities as well...
*Not that being a parent or SO is easy, but it gets annoying when you're giving yourself a shot and people turn to your spouse and say "I'm sorry you have to go through this."