When I was brand new to type 1 diabetes so many years ago, the most horrible thing about it was that I had to take shots and that the shots “hurt”. Later on when i thought about maybe using an insulin pump, the most horrible thing about it was that I would be attached to this thing all the time.
Today, I was waiting for my lunch to heat in the microwave oven at work. Someone asked me if I took the finger stick blood tests. They asked me if they hurt. From where I am nowadays, a question like that doesn’t even cross my mind. Living with diabetes has been so much more complicated that the the minor sting of a needle or a lancet, or the handling of a pump. It is just so much more complex than just these external inconveniences. I forget sometimes how much those external inconveniences are the face of diabetes to so many people who don’t have it.