has any one had this happen to them

i cry
By i cry Latest Reply 2011-02-27 16:17:27 -0600
Started 2011-02-25 17:23:10 -0600

i was at a family gathering and most of my older family members know that i am diabetic an old friend of the family and her teenage girl who just had a baby every one held the baby when it came time for me the young lady grabed the baby and said she had to change her later on i herd her say to her mom that she did not want me touching her baby because she could catch diabetes this hurt me are people realy that miss informed im not trying to scar any one should i stop telling people


8 replies

mkhojh99
mkhojh99 2011-02-27 16:17:27 -0600 Report

No don't stop telling people. You never know if your around people who dont know they wont be able to help if you have low sugar or something. I would tell that lady more about diabetes. If you cant call them send a letter. It horrible that some people these days are like that…its a shame.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-27 11:17:32 -0600 Report

Hi!

So sorry this happened to you. It is a good example of how ignorance leads to hurtful behavior. And it's a big job to try to educate everybody, isn't it?

All you can do is feel sorry for someone who is that misinformed. Educate them when you think it is worth your time, and if you think they will be receptive to your words. If not, all you can do is remind yourself that you aren't in control over how people behave, and you can't educate them if they are not open to being educated.

And then focus your attention on the people in life who support you. And remind yourself that you are a whole person, not a medical diagnosis, and that the important people in your life are there for you, and you for them.

Thanks for sharing your experience with your friends!

And have a great day!

Gary

apeape
apeape 2011-02-26 19:57:37 -0600 Report

i got asked that when i was first diagnosed 30 years ago. i was 12 & a friend asked me. one would think in the 21st century people would have a better understanding of how diabetes works, but many still don't. i'm amazed by how many people still think you can get diabetes by eating too much sugar. the best thing to do is talk talk talk about it & educate people!!!!

melissa5786
melissa5786 2011-02-25 20:55:58 -0600 Report

I've never had anyone reach to me like that, but when I first went back to work and had to inform my co-workers that I was diabetic I told them to feel free and ask me anything they wanted/needed to know. I got the standard questions we've all been asked and then one girl asked me if someone could catch diabetes like they caught AIDS.

I was speechless. I didn't know much about diabetes at that point myself, but I'd always been aware of how it develops… I was stunned that someone would be so naive as to think that. Then I was slightly offended and appalled because I had noticed she was shying away from me… I explained to her that she could never catch diabetes from anyone. It's not a blood-born pathogen. But, our working relationship was never the same. She was fired a few month after that incident.

The key is to make sure people who truly are misinformed get the correct information. Talk to her. Tell her how that made you feel and explain what diabetes is. It's shocking how many people don't know anything at all about our disease.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-25 19:00:20 -0600 Report

LOL LOL LOL
I would have cracked up and went to her and toald her that you cant get D unless its in your genes lol lol lol lol
You can tell her that if she keeps handing the baby off to old people that the baby will get old one day ?????
lol lol
Best wishes
Harlen

P.S life is a joke ,take it as one