I am realizing that the term “brittle” can be very subjective, especially when referring to someone with diabetes.
When I was pregnant with my first son (who is now 6) my chart referred me as a “brittle diabetic”. I asked my OB/GYN what that meant exactly and she fluffed it off and said “Oh we just say that for anyone who has been diabetic for as long as you have.” Ok … whatever. I don’t really like the “label” but if it’s just for medical purposes, it’s ok I suppose.
Then I met a new friend last year who has become one of my closest friends. She has a now 5 yr old son who was diagnosed at age 2 1/2 and she refers to him as a “brittle diabetic”. I asked her once why she calls him that and she said the dr that dx’d him said his is a “very brittle form of diabetes because of how little insulin it takes to crash him, and how few carbs it takes to skyrocket him.”
With just those two definition alone, would it be better to assume that diabetes in general is a “brittle” disease? So many variables contribute to the level of control we can obtain/maintain.
Still not a fan of the term, though. When I hear the word, I think of bones. 🙂