Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Keeping Quiet

Had one of those moments at work today where you know you're going low, but you're stuck in a conversation and can't do anything about it.  Well, I guess I could have just walked away muttering, "medical emergency", but up in Minnesota we aren't good at doing anything that we perceive as rude, so I just kept standing there pretending to listen.  I was wearing my DexCom and made an agreement with myself that if the "under 55" alarm sounded I'd cut and run.  Thankfully, that never happened.  

By the time I wobbled back to my desk I clocked in at 62, but it was an "I feel way lower than 62".  A quick snack and 15 minutes later I was back to a normal blood sugar.

I think this is a small example of why so many friends, family and coworkers have the perception that living with diabetes is easy.  Diabetics keep so many things to themselves because I (we) feel it's easier/less embarrassing/less rude.  The result, however, is that those around us never really understand the constant inner dialogue that is "diabetes management". 

5 comments:

  1. You mean it's not easy???

    Just keep remembering that someday you will have the artificial pancreas or maybe even a cure to make lows like this a distant memory.

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  2. "Diabetics keep so many things to themselves because I (we) feel it's easier/less embarrassing/less rude. The result, however, is that those around us never really understand the constant inner dialogue that is "diabetes management". "


    This post is so simple but holds so much truth.

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  3. Uggg, imagine being stuck with a patient in an exam room and going low! Pure torture! Again, MN nice, plus they'd probably get a survey about me in the mail, so I always stick it out and try to politely hurry them along :)

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  4. It's the age old thing where we want to appear as healthy as everyone else, so we don't want to say or do anything that will change that perception. Glad you were okay in the long run.

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  5. Not only is it easier/less embarrassing/less rude, I just get very tired of having to explain it.

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