I was traveling with work recently, and as I got to the TSA rep, about to go through security, I looked at my drivers license and realized it had expired 4 days earlier on my birthday. OOPS. I was planning to play the “I’m pregnant and forgot” card, as well as the “I am old and need to be reminded these days” card 😉
I got to the agent and she noticed it was expired, but she let me through anyway (whew!). Luckily my husband was meeting me at the destination and I’d caught him in time to bring my passport to use on the flight home.
This week I went to finally renew my expired drivers license. (In the state of Texas, you can renew it online, but only every other time .. and unfortunately, I’d done it online last time.. so I had to go into their DPS office this time.) As I was filling out my application/questionnaire, I came to this question:
I don’t know why, but when I first saw this question, it really bothered me. I immediately got defensive (with myself, because all of this was going on in my head.) I was thinking “What business is it of yours if I’m an insulin dependent diabetic? That has nothing to do with my ability to drive!”
But then I started remembering stories I’d heard – of strangers and acquaintences – who have had instances where their diabetes had impeded their driving. So I backed off my soap box. But found it interesting that my initial thought was to be defensive.
Probably in the same way I don’t wear my glasses in when I take the eye exam for my license. I do wear glasses (started wearing them 6 mos before my dx – go figure!) but I don’t want to be told that I have to wear them, and have the restriction on my license.
Thought this was blog worthy to point out that my diabetes manages to work its way into every day random things like filling out a drivers license renewal application. 😉