Are you shy (?) about diabetes (!)

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-08-02 10:55:40 -0500
Started 2010-07-23 17:09:40 -0500

Sshhh,
I would like to ask you a few questions about diabetes.

Are you shy ?
Ashamed, or embarrassed because you have diabetes ?

Don't be, there are millions of diabetics in the United States of America, alone.
There are millions of questions that concern our everyday lives that we would like answered, but many are either ashamed, shy or too embarrassed to ask them.

Well, here goes nothing …

http://www.dlife.com/photoGallery/viewGallery...

Don't Be Shy!

When it comes to diabetes management, some questions are easier to ask than others. Talking about blood sugar numbers is one thing, but how do you ask your doctor about the potentially embarrassing topics, like sexual issues, rashes, and other medical unmentionables?

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/808-emb...

It's time to strip away the shame and deal with these diabetes curve balls as they come.
Click on the links above to find out more about those questions you always wanted to know the answer to, but were afraid to ask.

~Mays~


26 replies

PetiePal
PetiePal 2010-08-02 10:55:40 -0500 Report

Awesome that you put this out there for fellow diabetics. There ARE some embarrassing questions, (heck anything you don't know the answer too can feel embarrassing to ask!) and this will help a ton of people.

southernroots
southernroots 2010-07-29 19:44:11 -0500 Report

No reason to be shy, ashamed, or embarassed! It's not our fault.

There are things that are private and I do not put anything about my personal issues out there for others … but, diabetes is just one facet of the person I am … and a small facet. I estimate that I spend 6-10 minutes per day taking care of diabetic issues. How big of a deal is that?

Elrond
Elrond 2010-07-29 06:36:08 -0500 Report

I'm not at all shy about my diabetes. In fact, I make it a point to mention it frequently. I've met a lot of other diabetics that way and had some interesting conversations swapping 'war stories'. It's also a good comeback for those annoying supermarket sample people who try to push unwanted goodies on you. "No thank you, I'm diabetic." usually stops them in their tracks. Occasionally one will try to tell me his or her product is sugar free. I then mention the carb content and slip away while they're reading the label. I test anywhere it's time to test. I will try to find a private spot but test time is test time. Now that I'm on an insulin pump, that's simply a matter of pushing buttons so it's no trouble. But when I used needles, you guessed it. Diabetes is a part of life and people will just have to get used to it.

mama dunf
mama dunf 2010-07-28 19:43:52 -0500 Report

I agree with MAYS, we have to do whatever is neccesary for ourselves. We can depend on others to a point, but we need to take care of ourselves, This is hard for me, I tend to put others first, but have come to realize that if I don't look out for me, I may not be here for the others. I take my meter everywhere and if I need to test, I test. I've got a couple of strange looks at football games, but I'm trying to look out for myself more. There are too many medical condition that are not discussed openly for some reason or another. We need to educate people about diabetics and other diseases. If I can help someone else then I will.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-28 21:26:10 -0500 Report

We are all statistics, it's better to be a positive statistic than a negative one.
"My diabetes must be managed by me," needs to be understood by all diabetics.
We cannot push "our" diabetes off on any one else, not even our loved ones.
~Mays~

Roy531
Roy531 2010-07-25 20:40:38 -0500 Report

There are a lot of people out in this world that have an illness that is worse than mine and they are not shy or embarrassed about it. I carry my meter everywhere I go and if I need to check my BS I don't think anything about getting it out and sticking my finger. It is just another part of life I have to live with. I have never had anybody say anything about it, so I don't think it is any big deal, it's something we have to do to stay as healthy as we can.

Roy

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-25 19:18:26 -0500 Report

Learning not to be shy is where I'm at. I need to ask a lot of questions at pre op on Tuesday. Diabetes complicates so many things. But if I don't speak out I will be the one to suffer.

Badgirl3
Badgirl3 2010-07-25 12:33:58 -0500 Report

NO NT SHY, JUST DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT DIABETES. JUST WHAT I KNOW FROM FAMILY MEMBERS. JUST DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2. SO MUCH THING TO LEARN, NT TALKATIVE. HAPPY THERE IS A WEB SITE I CAN GO ON IF I HAVE A QUESTIONS

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-24 00:17:55 -0500 Report

So how shy are you ? are should I say how insane are you ? Either way where the rest of the story ?

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-23 20:14:48 -0500 Report

SHY? ME??? :)

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-23 20:18:19 -0500 Report

Good one !
How's everything going Ray ?

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-23 21:01:31 -0500 Report

Quite honestly… life is good. (would be better if I came up with that slogan and put it on t-shirts cuz I would be rich instead of good looking). I found a lottery ticket in a parking lot tonight and it turned out to be a $50 winner. I'd tell you more but I am insanely shy. Ok, so I am just insane. :)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-07-24 11:15:42 -0500 Report

LOL, yes, you are insane. Funny, how that is not an issue with us.

I am not shy about my diabetes. I am not shy about much anymore. I am too old to be worried about what other people think and too opinionated to keep my thoughts to myself. Sometimes that does backfire. But at least people know where they stand with me.

I used to be painfully shy, but as we grow in confidence, that silly thing called shyness goes away.