Advocacy Starts at Home
I’ve been thinking about advocacy and the difference I can make a lot lately. I have these grand goals, but no flipping clue how to get from me jotting them down to status: achieved! That’s when I have a moment of Charity starts at home.
The plumber just left, and I was thinking what I wanted to eat for lunch and how everything I want needs to be cooked with water. I knew I needed to shower, & use the bathroom before he came, but cooking slipped my mind under the water needed thoughts. He came downstairs to tell me he was done and noticed my insulin pump. (This is where I will thank the jeans with too small pockets.) He asked if I was type 1 or type 2 because he is type 2. He was really intrigued that I was type 1 because he had never met a T1 diabetic before. He paused and said, “can I ask you a question?” He asked what the difference is. “I should know because we have the same disease, but no one ever thinks this information is important.” I agree Mr. Plumber, it IS important. I went on to explain that while type 2 doesn’t use insulin correctly, type 1’s do not produce insulin at all. We talked a little bit more about insulin & other meds & then he went on his merry way. It feels really good to have been able to help one person understand the difference.