Love, Hate, Lists and Diabetes

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!!

I am not a hateful person, but diabetes has certainly made me realize that I am capable of hate.

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.

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11 Responses to Love, Hate, Lists and Diabetes

  1. Mike Hoskins says:

    Great list, Dayle. Hate all those same things. Liked your #3, about being a better citizen because of diabetes and the social awareness aspects… So true. It’s interesting to think if we would have taken on that type of “voice” for something if we weren’t ever connected to diabetes. But, even despite the suckyness, at least we have the power to use our voices to make a difference. Thanks for doing what you do.

  2. Karen says:

    I hate a lot of things about diabetes, but I love that you made a “Love List” to go along with your “Hate List”!!! Maybe we can turn this into a topic for next year – The Pros and Cons of Diabetes!! (Of course, that is assuming the D-OC is up for a 3rd DBlog Week)

  3. Sandee cuccia says:

    I can relate to everything shared here! And am grateful for that!

  4. Terry Bradshaw says:

    I love having my insulin pump and not having to do shots, but I hate trying to figure out where to put the thing. Especially when I’m wearing a cute dress or a swimsuit. And don’t get me started on the tubing! It’s not perfect, but then neither is my husband and I’m not giving up either one.

  5. Victoria says:

    Thanks Dayle! We thought along similar lines. It’s not all bad, so it’s nice to see your high points as well!

  6. Jess says:

    great lists- both of them! i’ll try to think of it as a plus that i need not worry about an aesthetically pleasing bedside table… 😉

  7. Erin says:

    I love the list. I would have to add that no matter how much I love having my insulin pump, I still feel a little self conscious about it.

  8. ,Nikki says:

    I love both lists! I add I hate it took my dr 5 yrs to figure I am brittle type 1 rather than type 2 but absolutely love the support of my family friends,coworkers and bosses at both jobs! I’ve really been blessed!

  9. francisca says:

    very informative, love the way it is written

  10. Jennifer L Andrews says:

    Your lists were informative, funny and creative…thank you for the smile and the hmmm (getting my mind to think) and the wow I never thought of that responses that came after I read your findings.

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