16 July 2013

Things you'll never have to think about when you don't have diabetes

I'm job hunting, and one thing that keeps me worried is if I'll accidentally "out" myself as disabled.

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
  • Pharmacies
  • Insurance companies
  • Exercise
  • 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
  • Cinnamon
  • Tea
  • 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...
  • SWAG
  • 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
  • Burnout

...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."

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