Diabetes Blog Week 2013 - Freaky Friday - Friday 5/17

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-05-19 19:45:10 -0500
Started 2013-05-17 11:18:01 -0500

Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes?

8 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-19 19:39:26 -0500 Report

This is ridiculous and not funny at all. Freaky Friday was a cute movie both the original and the remake.

Why on earth would anyone want to swap a chronic disease? Having worked in the medical field I find this question appalling and offensive. Everyone I know who would want to swap wants to get rid of the chronic disease they have to be healthy not swap it for another.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-19 16:32:34 -0500 Report

Maybe the grass is always greener with a different medical challenge than the one you’re struggling with, but I really, really, doubt it.
But, I’ll play along.
I choose Tourette Syndrome. That way I can’t be blamed for the words that come out of my fingertips.
Type 2 ain’t no walk in the park. If you do manage to get lucky enough to control through diet alone until your A1c says “Hey you have an average equal to a normal person” you still have Type 2. Just eat the wrong food and your BG meter will say “Why looky here your BG is a tad higher than someone who’s body produces enough insulin, or cells have enough insulin receptors, or whatever hundred other things are malfunctioning are still malfunctioning.
Have a sick day and bam, weeks of good numbers go bye bye as everything begins to ride the diabetes roller coaster.
Get held over at work an extra hour or two, with no food stash, as your BG goes plummeting, oops, sorry still have diabetes. Not working, sub stuck in traffic, held hostage by someone , whatever, go too long without access to food and your BG will still show you have Diabetes.
Perhaps, no matter how hard you try, your body just doesn’t get it, your liver and pancreas and cells just won’t function up to the manufacturer’s standards you can still get heart disease, kidney problems, etc, etc, etc.
I could get lulled into the false sense of security that 2 years of below 6.0 A1c tests give and decided not to poke my fingers, I might continue eating a food because it only had 15 carbs. Those 15 carbs might be ones my metabolism thinks are not worth doling out some of its precious insulin, might react like it was triple the carbs, or whatever. End result could be slowly or rapidly rising BG levels, clueless me, suddenly having all those little nasty complications common to all Types of Diabetes.
Yeah, I guess as a Type 2 I have it made in the shade…the shade of “Well, you caused it yourself after all, you are what you eat.
So far, my tourette syndrome is only shouting, having a few tics, but fingers still hitting the correct keys.
And to quote a previous poster
I just wish I didn't have to think of and react to my disease ALL the fricken time in everything I do!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-19 19:45:10 -0500 Report

Graylin, I call that Brain to Mouth Disorder. I say what I feel and let the chips fall where they may. When I first read this, I wasn't sure what I was reading and read it twice. Then Brain to Mouth Disorder kicked in and I said what I felt. Appalled and offended and now I am almost to disgusted.

I don't think about being diabetic all the time. Takes up space when I could be thinking of other things. The only time I react is if I am high or low and thankfully I am on an even level most days.

Thankfully the only medical problem I have is Diabetes. I wouldn't want to swap it for another. I prefer to be healthy based on what I have learned about being diabetes.

No matter what the chronic disease may be, there are going to be complications down the road if you don't take proper care of yourself.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-05-19 07:57:01 -0500 Report

I am with Gwen on this one. I'd rather have T2 than T1, my last A1c was 5.8 which I thought was pretty good. My diabetic educator said if I were a T2 I would no longer need meds.

Gwen214 2013-05-19 07:29:16 -0500 Report

I'd reverse and be a Type 2, because with some type 2 you can actually control with exercise and meals, and some eventually reverse their diagnosis, while Type 1's are autoimmune deficiency. T1 can't reverse anything, the only cure is a new pancreas or replace islet cells. We basically do the same things as far as trying to control our BG anyway.

lawgal 2013-05-18 16:42:18 -0500 Report

Diabetes takes up my entire day. each moment, each hour, everything I do. I was talking to my therapist yesterday and told her I'd rather have cancer than diabetes. God willing, I could go into remission and not worry about shots or changing my pump or my sensor. I wouldn't have to prick my fingers for 40 years of my life, every single day every 4 hours! I might not have the complications one gets with high and low blood sugars like neuropathy, retinopathy, heart disease, dementia, arthritis, gastroparesis and cataracts. I'm not trying to downsize the horror of those that have cancer…I just wish I didn't have to think of and react to my disease ALL the fricken time in everything I do!!!

lady bread
lady bread 2013-05-18 11:47:47 -0500 Report

Majority of diseases people have are multiple, I think, not a one. Aleast this can be somewhat cured on your own.

lawgal 2013-05-18 16:50:33 -0500 Report

You must have type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is a totally different situation. You can't somewhat cure it. Your pancreas doesn't produce insulin. Type 1's must be aware of their disease every minute of the day. Most other diseases get a break now and then. I am speaking from experience here. I have had family and friends that have lived with nearly every disease in the western hemisphere. Diabetics are prone to multiple other diseases due to the complications we are at risk for like heart disease, stroke, amputations, neuropathy, thyroid, kidney and liver diseases. We can go blind, lose our memory, get dementia and worse. Many of us who would like to care for our diabetes are unable to because of the healthcare costs and…well, you get my point?

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