What makes people think they know so much? I’m still getting used to being diabetic and found sometimes people (who, I admit, mean well) can be frustratingly presumptuous.
A couple of days ago I went out to lunch with some colleagues, one of whom knew I was diabetic. It was one of those buffet-style lunches, so I figured I’d give myself insulin first and then match my carbs to my insulin, to make things more convenient. After injecting, i noticed that there were NO CARBS to be had at this place, except at the “dessert table”. I was told by my doctor & endo that having dessert was fine, as long as I practiced moderation and matched it to my insulin, so I went ahead and got a small portion of the dessert-y sweetness and went to my seat.
As I was happily munching away at my food, my colleague looks at my plate, then at me, and shakes his head. “Don’t forget you’re diabetic!” he says, as if I’m a misbehaving child.
As if. I’m not very good at controlling my reactions sometimes, so I made a snarky comment about how I hadn’t forgotten I was diabetic and could he please mind his own business. It wasn’t until I explained myself later that he even understood that I hadn’t done anything “wrong”. Diabetes seems to be one of those diseases that everyone thinks they know something about. Its hard enough to figure out how to coordinate my new life without other people interfering because they think they know what’s best.
Anybody else feel this way, that diabetes can be a frustrating label?