There are really times when I wish I could move to my own island and approve people who could live on it with me.
Twice this week, I have heard, "You Don't Look Like a Diabetic"
The first was last Wednesday. While sitting in the Police Commissioners Boardroom, he announced that police officers would be getting more advance first aid training and that it would include the ability to recognize diabetic problems. I along with another lady who is also diabetic applauded him for that. After the meeting, a woman walked up to me and another lady and said "wow you guys don't look like diabetics" . We both asked what does a diabetic look like.
Her response was, you have problems with your blood so you are not like us, you can't think like us, you can't eat like us and you move slower than us. My Brain to Mouth Disorder kicked in and I said I always thought you had idiotic tendencies, and now you have proven that you are totally an idiot. We both tried to explain diabetes to her. It went in one ear and out the other.
Today in Wal-Mart, I was in an aisle and I noticed a woman getting listless. I was talking to her at the time. She said she felt really dizzy. Her daughter walked up and asked mom whats wrong. I asked the lady if she was diabetic she nodded yes. I asked T1 or T2 she held up two fingers. I told her daughter to go get some juice. We were in the aisle with folding chairs so I got her in a chair. When her daughter got back I asked if she had a meter. She found it in her moms purse and I asked if I could check her blood sugar. It was 40. She started sipping the juice and someone got an employee and someone else called an ambulance. The employee said she doesn't look like a diabetic. I asked what are we suppose to look like and she said fat. I said go wait for the paramedics before I run you over with this cart. I asked her how long has she been diabetic and she said one year. Her daughter was shocked. They lived together and her daughter never knew. Mom never told her and kept it well hidden for a year. I said please talk to your daughter about it and told the daughter to go home go on line and self educate. To talk to the ER doctor. While waiting I showed her how to test her moms blood if she got like that again. When the paramedics arrived, I told them what was going on and what her blood sugar was. I told them I tested her blood sugar with her meter and she is sipping orange juice and she is a T2 Diabetic. Her daughter took my phone number and just called to say her mom was home from the ER and doing better. The doctor explained the signs and symptoms to her for hypo and hyperglycemia and that if she got that low again to get her to the ER and call her doctor.
I told her to tell her mom to take a diabetes education class and to go with her. She is now learning all she can is planning to also be tested. This is another reason why hiding diabetes is not good. Had she been home with her daughter when this happened her daughter would not have been able to help her.
Two people obviously think diabetics should look differently. One person didn't want to listen and I did not have the time to explain to the second person. I know everyone says education is the key to spreading the word to the public about diabetes. Unfortunately not everyone is willing to be educated.
I see all kinds of ads in the media about Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer and other medical problems. The only ads I see that even mention diabetes is when the ad is about medication or medical supplies. I think every diabetic on this site should contact the American Diabetes Association and ask why they are doing nothing to get Diabetic Ads on television.
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