I don’t want to write about this.
I can’t believe I’m writing about this.
Last week – there was a lunch – at work.
I’m the one who orders and picks up the monthly lunches. It’s fun and yummy! And every now and then, it’s a birthday lunch.
It was a Birthday Lunch. (There was Boston Cream Pie.)
Dexcom went nuts.
And one person made comments about Dexcom’s beepings.
The beeps got annoying and I switched it to vibrate.
The vibrates got annoying and the person said, “What is that?”
I explained that my blood sugar was high and the person said, “Well, yes – YOU ATE CAKE!”
And – I lost it.
I stayed fairly calm. I like my job and even more, I like my health insurance. And this person – is my boss. Well, sh*t.
BUT – the person needed to know – he was wrong. So I did the old “search thing” for Diabetes Etiquette – and found it/them.
And – I printed the following and put it in this person’s mailbox.
Thank you Dr. Polonsky!
1 – DON’T offer unsolicited advice about my eating or other aspects of diabetes. You may mean well, but giving advice about someone’s personal habits, especially when it is not requested, isn’t very nice. Besides, many of the popularly held beliefs about diabetes (“you should just stop eating sugar”) are out of date or just plain wrong.
2 – DO realize and appreciate that diabetes is hard work. Diabetes management is a full-time job that I didn’t apply for, didn’t want, and can’t quit. It involves thinking about what, when, and how much I eat, while also factoring in exercise, medication, stress, blood sugar monitoring, and so much more – each and every day.
And this morning – in my mailbox.
“I sincerely apologize.”
You know, having Diabetes sucks. Having DOC friends is awesome. Having the GUTS to stick up for myself? Couldn’t have done it without ya!