How Diabetics Support Each Other: an Easy Lesson for Non-Diabetics…

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-08-23 16:21:32 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 12:46:56 -0500

After reading this article, I read the comments that followed it and found the whole thing interesting. Although, as a diabetic for close to 50 years now, it didn't really tell me anything new. I guess it really does cater to the non-diabetic and a person should be non-diabetic to read it. However, what I did understood the author to mean by "cares for" was not someone that "takes are of" but one that loves, likes or is involved with a diabetic. I'm sure most, if not all of us have dealt with these issues before and the article is right about diabetics who are together and how they interact with one another.

What are your thoughts on this article? If you read the comments, what are your thoughts on those as well?

Here is the link to the article:

6 replies

GabbyPA 2014-08-21 06:20:41 -0500 Report

LOL you know, this just happened to me. I had a high episode at a client's house. I was 364...and felt like crap. The did all the drama things though I am thankful for their concern, and they did help me get back to the hotel where I was staying. But it was way too much for what happened.

Non-diabeteics don't understand that kind of thing because they only see it once in a while. We see the ups and downs every day, and sometimes frequently in a day. We have walked a mile in the diabetic shoes. They have not. I do think a lot of that is our fault, because we tend to just deal with stuff instead of sharing it with our non-diabetic friends. (gee, this sounds like "The Star Bellied Sneeches" from Dr. Seuss, LOL)

TLTanner 2014-08-21 13:04:25 -0500 Report

That is where my boyfriend and I differ. He feels no one needs to know and it's not his place to share it with his family and friends. I, on the other hand, think everyone involved with me needs to know.

While his family and I were attending his retirement ceremonies from the military, I had a pretty severe insulin reaction. I didn't even know I was going low, it dropped that fast.

We were supposed to be getting everyone together and going out to eat, I had already done my BG test and was fine. Then, all of sudden, it dropped. While we were discussing where to go, I passed out. Everyone thought I was just sleeping until they couldn't wake me. Luckily, his mother and a friend are diabetics and had their meters there. They tested me and found me to be in the 40's and not having anything other than tablets, he took me to the ER.

Not only did his family and close friends not know I was a diabetic, I didn't know THEY had diabetes. Later, we discussed this issue and all 3 of us felt that my boyfriend should have told us all. You never know what situation you will find yourself in and to me, it's best if those around you know you have diabetes and how to help you treat it should you wind up in a scary situation like that one.

Information and knowledge is the key. There are so many diseases and illnesses out there that the information is just not shared with the public and therefore, non-anything don't understand any of it. It's a shame.

I remember that is grade school, people thought you could get diabetes from being around those who had it. SMH…

GabbyPA 2014-08-22 06:02:51 -0500 Report

Wow...that is nuts. I think I agree with you. People need to know. It may make them feel uncomfortable, but imagine how much better they would feel given the knowledge of what to do when we are in distress. Glad you are okay. Hope they got the message and now share with you and each other about it.

TLTanner 2014-08-22 17:18:03 -0500 Report

Yep, everything is cool now and we have no problems discussing any and all issues with diabetes itself or with us. It was an eye opener for all of us! It also made all of us more aware of who knows and who doesn't, who should and who shouldn't and then making sure those we want to know, know!