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March 10, 2015

in order to learn about a new subject, we ask questions. If it is a knowledge seeking question, the intent (in my experience) can be very positive. 

I’ve found lately that people have been asking more specific, pertinent questions. One day I was cornered and didn’t want to talk diabetes. I sat there and answered because I knew by answering questions I could be eliminating some misinformation that is out there. And I hate misinformation! I hope I seemed pleasant and not annoyed. Because even if I don’t want to answer questions, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate people wanting to learn more. 

Sometimes the questions come from people who have known diabetes as long as I have. When these questions happen, I forget that they don’t have a way to read my mind. These questions can often be simple to answer because of the background knowledge. It doesn’t mean I’m not surprised when they’re asked. 

As I have more diabetes experiences and as I spend more time with friends, the questions connect the experiences. These positively stop me in my tracks and I want to make it seem like they don’t. Diabetes moments stay with me. I often try to make the moments not seem like a big deal, even if they might be. When people take the time to remember, connect and compare, it makes me happy. I love these questions. To answer them does not generally take up a whole conversation and I realize I’m lucky to have people in my life who want to understand diabetes. 

Questions are a part of life. They help us understand the world around us. I may not always want to be asked questions, but I will be grateful. 

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2015 9:18 AM

    Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions and educate . . . . . even when you don’t want to.

  2. March 10, 2015 10:09 AM

    Since we get frustrated when people don’t understand diabetes, I guess it is good when people ask questions. Good post.

  3. March 10, 2015 10:12 AM

    What, you mean they CAN’T read our minds?!?! Well, son of a…But yes, seriously, excellent post. There are many times I don’t want to talk D, and sometimes just try to avoid the conversation. And that’s usually when it falls into my lap and comes up somehow. I like inquisitive minds and those who truly want to learn, and not those who are just asking in order to preach to you about something they believe and aren’t interested in actually learning.

  4. March 10, 2015 10:12 AM

    I see more and more people with diabetes getting more patient and less angry with questions from non-D’s. Not that I think you were judgey before (!), but it seems like more and more people are realizing, as you say, that questions often come from a place of honest curiosity and good intentions. Including me!

  5. March 10, 2015 12:27 PM

    I hear you. There are days I could “talk diabetes” all day, and other days I just want to deal with it wordlessly by myself. #dblogcheck

  6. March 10, 2015 12:45 PM

    I think you put into words here what many of us feel. I often don’t feel like talking about diabetes but I don’t want to shut someone down who is seriously seeking to learn.

  7. March 10, 2015 1:43 PM

    I often find that when people don’t ask questions, I wish they would. But then when they do, I get sick of it quickly. Such is life, I suppose. It was nice to see this articulated in your post. Educating others gives a purpose to the difficult D days. Thanks for this post.

  8. March 10, 2015 3:25 PM

    I feel this way as well. That whole Do Good, Feel Good mantra tends to snap me out of it (except when I’m in a hurry or attempting to eat… I may start embracing talking with my mouth full or using charades).

  9. March 10, 2015 6:54 PM

    I love this post. And you’re so right, sometimes those questions come from a source where you really want to turn to them and say “You really don’t know this? You’ve been doing this longer than I have.” But knowledge, and the sharing of knowledge and experiences, are rarely a bad thing. Unless the person tries to invalidate your experience and knowledge because they disagree.

  10. March 10, 2015 10:10 PM

    Great post, Briley!

  11. March 11, 2015 1:31 AM

    So very true! Questions are the key to making sense of our world and making connections within it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. March 11, 2015 6:52 AM

    I love when people ask more than “how is your son doing?” I agree, more education is great (even though sometimes it’s a bit tiring to explain and explain…)

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