how to explain to new people you have diabetes

By mindiee Latest Reply 2011-08-09 22:41:12 -0500
Started 2011-05-06 12:48:10 -0500

This summer I will be working as a camp counselor I dont know how to tell people that I have diabetes without seeming so different from everyone else. Right now it is easy for me to deal with my diabetes on my own because I am always somewhere where it isnt so hard to get treated if I get too high or too low but as I venture into new surroundings.. meaning that I will be living in the middle of the woods where I know no one… just looking for advice on how to tell people

20 replies

salicee 2011-08-09 22:41:12 -0500 Report

Hello I'm new I've had Type 1 diabetes for 40 years have a lot to talk about ;) yes I do wear minmed pump

olefart2 2011-05-31 16:52:20 -0500 Report

You don't say if you have needles & vials, pens or the pump so it's kind of hard to say what to do. I just come right out and tell everyone that I meet because if they don't know and go into diabetic shock they won't know what to do. I have the pump so it's really easy to give myself a "shot" without drawing attention to myself. You will also find it alot easier to deal with diabetes if you treat it as a challange and not as a disease. Good luck and get the pump if possible.

crosslady2010 2011-05-31 00:21:21 -0500 Report

I wear a medic alert bracelet. It tells everyone I have issues! I would rather people know so just in case something happens they will be able to tell the medics. The Medics have said the first thing they look for is a bracelet or necklace if someone is unresponsive… and we know those of us with diabetes could become that way if our BS goes in either direction. Good Luck! Have Fun At Camp :)

Flustrated 2011-05-19 14:18:42 -0500 Report

Having diabetes is my problem I guess, but sometimes I would like to tell people coming for repairs in my house to come at a certain time and give me enough time to prepare myself and eat before they come. Today at 11:45 a repair man comes and I usually try to follow them and make sure they remember every thing. I didn't get a chance to eat right away and had to wait, to me this is bothersome. They must not have to much business bec they were a week early. It was a surprise to me. I had to pop a glugose in my mouth and eat later. Do you think we should put repair men on our list to tell?

Roy531 2011-05-20 09:20:22 -0500 Report

I feel that only friends and family should know for sure. As for repair people if you think you could have a problem with lows or something while they are there, if they are there for a long period of time, maybe you can let them know.

melissa5786 2011-05-19 14:04:15 -0500 Report

I always tell myself that I'm living with this disease, not the people around me and if they have a problem with it then I have no place in my life for them.

I recently told everyone I work with I had diabetes at a staff meeting and come to find out my boss has diabetes, too. We talked for an hour and now we have an awesome relationship.

Just remember, always be honest. It's part of you and never, ever be ashamed.

mindiee 2011-05-09 17:37:14 -0500 Report

i mean I agree.. there will be medical staff on hand (me being one of them second half of the summer ) they have to know that I have diabetes to even allow me to keep insulin on camp grounds… I guess the more I think about it the less of a big deal it becomes… I mean I am a diabetic and I will be a diabetic for the rest of my life I will have to deal with it and this is just my first big step… telling other people

Roy531 2011-05-10 10:24:27 -0500 Report

You know, you may not be the only diabetic at the camp. I work for a school district and there are several diabetics around including kids, I have learned a lot from them as well.

Roy531 2011-05-09 13:23:14 -0500 Report

One question. While you are at this camp is there going to be any type of medical people available. If so I would let them know in case something happens. Myself I really don't care if people know I am a diabetic or not, everybody I have contact with knows I am a diabetic. Nothing to be ashamed of, just one of those things that happen in life.

mindiee 2011-05-09 13:12:30 -0500 Report

I guess being on insulin and in the middle of the woods for eight weeks this summer makes me uneasy not having anyone know I have diabetes

mindiee 2011-05-07 17:09:24 -0500 Report

I wear a necklace and always will not only because I have diabetes but I also have a heart condition and serious allergies but I guess we will see how it goes over at camp… maybe I am just over reacting.. wouldnt be the first time

Kysiall 2011-05-08 20:51:42 -0500 Report

Why would you tell anyone? It's not of their business. The only person I've told is mt daughter cause I had to have an emergency contact. MY health problems are Private!

algretha 2011-05-09 14:32:20 -0500 Report

Thats incredibly dangerous. If you are a TYPE 1 diabetic is essential people around you know about your condition. As much as we may all like to ignore it, we have a disease that can kill us if an emergency is not handled correctly, an episode of hypoglycemia not treated or a D5 saline infusion (IV) during hyperglycemia could be a catastrophe.

jayabee52 2011-05-07 23:12:47 -0500 Report

If you have a need, you definitely should wear a necklace or bracelet stating the medical conditions you have! I don't call that over reacting. YOU ARE A PERSON! not a diagnosis. — should be the first course in Med school! IMO

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-05-06 14:01:05 -0500 Report

I do not mind one single bit letting people know that I am a diabetic. It does not bother me at all,when I was working I advised my co-worker that I would test my blood at times and not go to the restroom nor take my breaks and it was okay with them. I feel they needed to know in case something happened to me and I would need help if I fall or something and could not talk. I found it quite easy and no one seemed to mind. all of my family see me testing and in fact they remind me to test, even my nephews. I have said it before and I will say it again everyone on this earth has something wrong with them or will have something wrong with them, just be happy that it is not anything worse, because it certainly could be, keep smiling and you will be okay, Everyone will still love you with or without the diabetes. Try Them and see

streak23 2011-05-07 00:11:38 -0500 Report

having diabetic i have always told all my employers that i was a diabetic.. i wear necklace and carry my testing items around with me,,worked in a truck shop over 12 years.

kimod1013 2011-05-06 13:09:16 -0500 Report

I just started letting my grandkids (ages 5 and 7) see me test. At first they got a little scared seeing blood come from my finger then I told them they were old enough to start helping me. They now have the important job of being the ones to write in my log book what my number was. Now they fight to see who can help grandma.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-06 13:01:39 -0500 Report

While I hate having diabetes, I've never seen it as such a big deal for others to know. Just tell them that you are a diabetic and there may be times when you have to test or give your self shots, or even need to eat something to stop your sugar from dropping. Then I'd just say they should ask questions anytime they have like. I'd also test and even give myself inject in front of them. Why not raise awareness where you can?

roshy 2011-05-10 18:16:27 -0500 Report

i agree, the more people understand about the condition the better suituation you will finf youself in. whether its just them being a little empathic towards you or knowing what to do incase of emergancy. usually people are curious and non judge mental. I would put money on it your co workers will be more supportive then judgmental. I wouldnt make a big deal out of the whole suituation. I would just drop it into causual conversation with co workers however i would inform your boss, for your own safety.

Best of luck with everything