We’re mid-way though Diabetes Blog Week and the topics keep lining up. Today’s topic is “Ten Things I Hate About You, Diabetes” – that topic title might be self explanatory, but here is the explanation:
Having a positive attitude is important… but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter). So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate. Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!
10. I hate that my bedside table is cluttered with test strips, a blood glucose meter, CGM and snacks. Because of this, it never resembles the nice bedside tables in the Pottery Barn catalogue!
9. I hate that diabetes is so expensive for the nation ($174 billion each year!)
8. I hate that diabetes is so expensive for me ($too much each year – I don’t want to calculate it).
7. I hate that people are discriminated against at work and in schools because of their diabetes.
6. I hate that I have to start each day by telling friends and family that I woke up. It shouldn’t be breaking news. It’s a natural fact of life!
5. I hate that if my CGM ever beeps at the movie theater, I automatically have a response prepared for anyone who tells me to turn my cell phone off.
4. I hate that as healthy as oatmeal can be, its effect on my blood glucose causes too much frustration for me to enjoy eating oatmeal.
3. I hate that there are so many misunderstandings and stigmas associated with diabetes – that it is an indication that I am, or have been at some point, lazy.
2. I hate that 7 million Americans aren’t aware that they already HAVE diabetes.
1. I hate that children are being diagnosed with diabetes, pushing them to be more responsible (or sometimes more reckless) than they would otherwise be at their age.
That’s one hateful list, but I am also capable of love, so here is the bright side:
10. I love that I don’t feel pressure to keep my bedside table looking as sleek and clutter-free as those found in the Pottery Barn catalogue.
9. I love that I’m more likely to get flowers than chocolates on Valentine’s Day (and flowers smell pretty!).
8. I love that because of my diabetes routine, flu vaccinations and other shots no longer cause me anxiety.
7. I love that diabetes ensures I am in close touch with my sister every single day.
6. I love that diabetes causes me to be more health-conscious than I would have been if I hadn’t been diagnosed.
5. I love that if I drink alcohol, diabetes is always a reminder to drink responsibly (although no one should need a reminder).
4. I love that I am able to have a career that is aligned with my personal values.
3. I love that I am a better citizen because of diabetes, which has raised my social awareness and inspired me to raise my voice for people with diabetes.
2. I love that diabetes provides me with a great excuse to wear comfy shoes.
1. I love that I’ve been able to meet some of the most inspiring and caring people through my connections with diabetes.