Non-diabetics just don't get it!!

By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2011-07-02 21:02:31 -0500
Started 2011-06-27 05:42:32 -0500

When you have a bad low, how do people treat you? Is anyone hateful with you when you are not feeling well from a bad low? If they are, what do they say? So far, no one has been nasty with me when I've had a low at work. What I have noticed is what I call "false concern" from one of the managers. The words were coming out of his mouth but they had no weight or warmth. He just tells too many lies to begin with. The way you can tell he is lieing is that his lips are moving. But, thats a story for another time.
On my Facebook page we were discussing this yesterday. People who are not diabetic just don't get it. They do not understand how bad a low can make you feel. They also do not understand that if you do not get some food, or sugar that you could die!! They look at me and see that I am plus sized and just "assume" that I really don't need anything to eat. Guess again! If I do not treat a low blood sugar and let it to continue to fall I COULD DIE!! Just like if I am having a really bad high blood sugar and do not treat it, I COULD DIE! They also don't get it that my emotions can run away with me. I could be very weepy, I could just get really nasty. I saw an episode of COPS once where a guy was walking down the street just raging at everyone he came in contact with. When the cops finally got hold of him and EMS got him into an amulance the guys blood sugar was something stupid low like 11!! Or 15!! At that point you are not responsible for anything that you say or do.
I am just venting this mornng. No one has been nasty with me over a bad low. I'm just thinking out loud.
Last night I was talking to my husband about this. I came up with this: I wish that my fairy godmother would give me a little pouch full of magic dust. If someone is ever nasty to me about my condition, I would just blow a little of my magic dust into their face and they would immediately feel what low bloodsugar feels like! Just for a few minutes. Just maybe 10 minutes. Feel the shaking, the sweating, the hunger, the feeling of panic that I sometimes get, when it's over then maybe they would think twice about the way they treat me or anyone else who is diabetic. No matter what type they are!!

5 replies

dietcherry 2011-07-02 20:29:29 -0500 Report

Ive had the good, the bad, and the ugly attitudes when it comes to lows.
Mostly, people are helpful and concerned but occasionally someone will avoid me cuz I guess they dont want to get involved, and a couple have treated me like they think my lows could be prevented if I only "took better care of myself".
After 31 years, my brain no longer sounds the alarm that Im bottoming out-and it happens rapidly. And they dont understand that its not just an interplay of food and insulin; its so much more, including stress, physical exertion, my period, emotions, illness, how much sleep I get, etc.
I thank God for putting a lot of angels in my path when Ive had lows-I pray His grace and mercy are always with me!

Somoca 2011-07-02 19:09:29 -0500 Report

The only person who hasn't been supportive is my son, but I have learned to ignore him. The co-workers who know are very supportive. As long as I get to breakfast and lunch on time everyday, I am fine. They told me I could bring food to my desk which is a major no in the office but I refused. I do have bad days but they leave me alone.

Harlen 2011-06-27 09:30:45 -0500 Report

Till you walk is somone elses life you realy never know whats going on with them ?
I do not think any one has ever ben mean or down on me for having a low or high
Just know every one can't know what its like till they live thru it .
Your boss just may not know how to show how he feals or that he just dont feal anything ????
let it go and go on with your life they are as they are
Best wishes

Do you think your boss thinks as much over you ?? when your not there?