Nope, It’s Not a Secret!

First – May 18th was the last time I posted?? I guess I’m more boring than I thought!

Today’s post – about a secret? I’ve never kept my diagnosis a secret. Now, you need to remember that I was just about 55 years old when I was diagnosed with LADA – (The other Type 1). At 55, I really didn’t care who knew that I had Diabetes. It didn’t even bother me when most assumed it was Type 2. Their comments were bothersome, and if it had been T2, I might have felt like slugging a few people but  –  I tried to gently explain that I was an older person who was dx’d with “Juvenile Diabetes.” Amusingly enough, most people understood that. And yes, I know we don’t use that term but – people who are not part of the whole D-World don’t know that.

This week – at my office – which is at a church, a woman from a nearby town phoned wanting to enroll her 2nd grade daughter in a week long summer program (VBS, for those in the know…) here at our church. She told our director that her daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and that she’d been told by someone in our parish that her daughter would be more than welcome as the parish secretary has Type 1 and she has a pump. I am so pleased that the young mom from our parish a) knew about my d and b) assumed that I’d make this mom feel safe about leaving her daughter. I’m looking forward to meeting her and her mom!

So – yup – my Diabetes is not a secret.

And boring? Not really. Just enjoying the (finally!!) summer weather and flowers and sunshine and visitors and life…

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I wrote to a newspaper columnist – about D

It is a first – oh, I’m wrong it’s my second time but…
(First time was back in high school, a long time ago…)

I wrote to a newspaper!

For many years I’ve read the column, The New Old Age, in The New York Times. It was a tremendous help to me when my dad was hospitalized and then lived in a nursing home. I learned lots and I believe it helped me to be a better caretaker and a better advocate for my dad those four years.

Last week I read this:
Diabetes Advice for the Elderly: Relax

It’s good but – Type 2 is only mentioned once, although it’s obvious that it’s about Type 2 if you know anything about the types of Diabetes. (And as we know, there are a lot of people who don’t know much.)

Now – I’m not signing any petitions. Like many of you, I think our goal has to be to teach people that the causes and treatments for the several “types” of diabetes can be very different.

So I sent an email to the writer, noting that as a Type 1 Diabetic, I can’t relax and just skip my medication, insulin. I said that although I understood that the column was a discussion of Type 2 Diabetes, that people reading it often wonder why I and others can’t do the same.

Her reply was pretty nice.
Good point.  This came up the last time I wrote about tight glycemic control, so I thought that by putting T2 right up top, in that italicized section, I would make the distinction.  But perhaps I needed to repeat that or make it more explicit; I will next time.
Meanwhile, let me encourage you to put a comment on the website (anonymously if you prefer) pointing out that this applies to those with Type 2, but people who’ve coped with Type 1 most of their lives are in a different situation.  It might be useful to other readers.
Thanks for getting in touch,
Paula Span
New Old Age

My dad always taught me that “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

I especially respect her for writing, “I will next time.”

Look what you guys have done to me!!!

PS – Happy Snowy Day to the Kansas City DOC!