My Life with T1

By oddball_89 Latest Reply 2013-04-13 08:38:59 -0500
Started 2013-04-13 00:13:11 -0500

I find, lately, the most trouble I have with this disease is finding relatable ground with a non-diabetic. Or even with someone who has Type 1.
I'm the only one in my family who has Type 1. I had a grandfather who died of complications from Type 2, which it's been ten years since he died and I'm just now realizing what that could mean for me; though some would say I'm not managing wisely, I do the best with what I'm given. Otherwise, family members are clueless as to what's even going on in the world of diabetes; am I the one to educate them?
The friends I've made may ask questions, and I do the best to answer them, though I know I don't have all the answers. It's not like I'm asking them to care when they don't seem to. I just don't want it to be something ignored.
Work is probably the hardest obstacle I've faced in dealing with others. When low blood sugars arise, they would be ignored by even the highest of managers. When asking for help from coworkers to cover me for just fifteen minutes in order for me to fix a low, they tell me they don't think anything is wrong with me if I'm able to talk to them. It's so frustrating!
I'm not ashamed of having to test myself in front of someone, or to inject myself. This is who I've been for as long as I can remember. I've had my ups and downs, complications and accomplishments. I just don't want to feel like I'm in this alone. Even when I make mistakes, I don't want to be judged so harshly for "doing it wrong."
I realize this is quite the rant, but I had to get it out in the open somehow. I hope this is a safe environment to do so.

3 replies

Type1Lou 2013-04-13 08:38:59 -0500 Report

It sounds to me that you know what to do and are acting accordingly. We all make mistakes and haven't always made the best decisions. If you are taking the proper steps to manage your diabetes, you are doing all you can. I would encourage you to feel more comfortable and confident in yourself. (The French call it "Feeling comfortable in your own skin") I've had 64 years to get there and I think you are a bit younger than that…it will come! I've never hidden my diabetes and talk about it with friends and colleagues if it comes up but many still don't really "get it". One of my friends would make desserts she thought I could/would eat with sweetened fat-free condensed milk (?). It hurt her feelings when I would only take one small bite or declined it but my health and BG's must come before her feelings. We're still friends but she got the message. Be true to yourself! Rant here to get it out and it will be easier to cope with the frustration. You're not alone.

Roxannescott 2013-04-13 01:19:49 -0500 Report

Its MOST frustrating when friends ask but you know they're. Only asking to be nice they're. Not really interested… the only time it was interesting was when I taught school and the 5th grade science teacher had me discuss diabeties…lab rat…

Roxannescott 2013-04-13 01:15:29 -0500 Report

Yes it is safe and we all understand…good place to vent! I know how you feel…I don't think there is anyone in my life that understands my type 1…they know to leave me alone when I'm too low or too high…that's about it…my husband knows when I'm too low and helps if I'm not able to help myself… but my friends and co workers just ignore it…

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