Know it all or know nothing?

diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-03-28 12:32:09 -0500
Started 2013-03-20 00:13:03 -0500

How do you deal with a person who thinks they know everything about diabetes and what your doing right or wrong when they themselves don't have diabetes? I have been dealing with this the last few days. Grrrr I hear things like so and so does this and so and so's dr said this. Everyone is different so not everything works the same for everyone but you can't tell a know it all that.


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change2013
change2013 2013-03-28 12:32:09 -0500 Report

Dealing with a person who thinks they know everything about YOUR situation should not be a burden in which you are willing to carry. You have choices! One such choice is to re-train the person(s) how to treat you. Use the power of words and the power of silence. For example: The next time this person tries to tell you what you are doing wrong simply acknowledge them by saying: I hear what you are saying…send/give me some written documentation that supports your statement(s.I would love to show it to my physician and ask him/her why they did not inform me of such an idea.

The power of silence: Hear the comment - choose to totally ignore it (no facial emotion no eye contact) or look at the person and smile…(you know the smile I am talking about …the one that clearly says "would you shut up you idiot" I don't need you tell me what to do about my situation).

Both strategies may take some getting use to. However, if you practice them they will work. After all, we really do teach people how to treat us.

Have a great day!

CHenry9973
CHenry9973 2013-03-27 17:24:12 -0500 Report

I know what you mean. When I go shopping with my husband and he asks me if I can have something I know that I can't eat, and someone buts in and says you can have that. I just tell them they don't know my bodys reaction to different things and it is none of their business. It happens a lot.

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-03-21 11:10:14 -0500 Report

I ask this person if diagnose with diabetes or have an endocrinologist medical degree. If no, move on.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-20 08:51:15 -0500 Report

first off dont let it get to you. like you said, everyone is different.secondly, ive told people like that i just dont wanna discuss it with them. if thet persist, i walk away. ive also found that telling them i see a specialist and am confident they know the best way to treat me, so butt out and let the professionals do their job. maybe asking if this person has a PHD. might get it across too.

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