Two days ago my diabetes got attacked. In the conversation of an unrelated topic, all of a sudden I heard, “You have diabetes. You have an autoimmune disease so you are weak.” Since I’m a nanny, I’m a big fan of not interrupting people. I broke that rule: “Do not EVER talk to me about my diabetes again. You think I don’t know I have diabetes? The testing and bolusing are a constant reminder, and while I’m living my life I don’t need you looking down on me.”
I may have over-reacted. But this is a person who I have tried to teach about diabetes (especially as it relates to me) over the course of the five years I have known them, and they clearly have not taken as much in as I thought. And it isn’t that I don’t want them to talk to me about diabetes, but I certainly don’t ever want to be attacked again.
Is there anyone else out there who has had a similar experience? Especially with someone who you thought knew about diabetes?
*On a side note, Happy Veterans Day to all, especially to the Veterans*