I’ve been home for a few weeks now – 2 on bed rest, then 8 since having my twin boys.. (sheesh, has it been that long already??)
One thing I’ve noticed is that there are a LOT of commercials on tv about diabetes. So many diseases (sorry to use that word, Scott!) out there but ours seems to be in the spot light a lot lately for some reason – sometimes that’s good, and sometimes not so good.
It’s either Mary Tyler Moore talking about supporting JDRF (which I’m all in favor of, as I’m very active in my local chapter. But I digress… )
Or it’s a Novolog pen commercial. Which always gets me because they say one of the most common side effects of using the pen is low blood sugar. Ya think??
Or it’s the Gold Bond lotion JUST for diabetics. Is our skin really THAT much drier than everyone else’s – that we need our OWN lotion??
Or it’s Lyrica which treats aches & pains associated with diabetes. Do we have more aches and pains than anyone else? I have aches and pains from my age and lugging around twin babies… not at all related to my diabetes. 🙂
Or it’s the one I caught yesterday – and I missed the details but caught the jist – it was one of the local ambulance chasing attorneys asking if you’d been diagnosed with cancer after taking some specific diabetes medicine.
Or it’s an episode of The Doctors when Elizabeth Perkins talking about her own Dx in 2005. I will blog about that one separately.
Or it’s the new show “Great American Baking Competition” (I think that’s what it’s called) and one of the contestants said, “I’m a Type 1 diabetic, so I never get to eat the things I bake. I have to have someone else taste it all for me.” Really? You bake all the time and don’t taste your own food? Basically what I “heard” when she said that was diabetics can’t have sugar. And if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that’s a sore spot for me. 😉 We CAN have sugar – just in moderation.
Or it’s last week’s episode of The Bachelorette – one of the contestants (Michael G) announced to Desiree that he’s a Type 1 Diabetic. He felt it was important to share that with her, and he’d already told the other guys in the house. I think that’s interesting … probably not too long ago, it wouldn’t have been something that was announced..especially on tv. But I applaud him for letting everyone around him know about his diabetes. Reality is that any of us with diabetes could pass out or show other harmful symptoms, so it’s always a good idea to let those people that you spend a significant amount of time with that you’re diabetic. I know there are a lot of people that don’t feel the same way, and YDMV. But for safety reasons, I personally think it’s always a good idea. All of my friends know and so have all of my coworkers I’ve ever had.
Or it’s today’s episode of Katie Couric and she was talking to a mom who has a son addicted to heroine. I’m paraphrasing, but the mom basically said that this isn’t like having a child diagnosed with diabetes, and there’s nothing you can do about it. When your child is an addict, there IS something you can do and you have to get him/her help soon.
Uh, so are you saying if your child is dx’d with diabetes, there’s nothing you can do as a parent? Just sit back and twiddle your thumbs and say, “Oh well. Darn the luck.” I’m SO glad to say that could not be further from the truth.
No, a parent cannot feasibly cure their child’s diabetes (well, unless he/she adds more cinnamon to his/her diet.. ) 😉 But the parent can (and absolutely should) educate him/herself in order to either manage the disease for the child, or to help teach the child how to manage it him/herself.
So to the mom that said that … shame on you.
I think it’s awesome that there’s so much talk about diabetes out there… but only when it’s FACTUAL information. And unfortunately there are still so many misconceptions out there about diabetes.
Which is why I LOVE the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) and how we are all helping to raise awareness and help clear up some of the misconceptions. Since starting my blog a year and a half ago, I’ve had so many friends of mine tell me after reading different posts that they didn’t realize this or that … That’s very satisfying and I love that. 🙂
Getting off my soap box now …