Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Us against them? And my 6 things...
Type 1’s against Type 2’s?
Whoever assumes that Type 1’s feel ANY animosity towards Type 2’s is dead wrong.
Sure I can’t speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself…and I betcha I'm not too off base from the majority of people who read this blog.
I’m going to say this loud and clear. It is not US vs. THEM. It never has been.
Unless the THEM that you are referring to is the media.
It is the media that gets its facts wrong.
And that makes “US” very angry.
The stereotype about diabetes as a whole is wrong.
Sugar and poor diet alone do not diabetes make. Not Type 1. Not even Type 2.
Other factors come into play. MANY other factors.
Sure, for the Type 2 community poor diet can contribute to getting Type 2, but it is rarely the entire story. There is more to the puzzle. One person’s story does not tell the story of the masses.
Take my mother for example.
She was diagnosed a Type 2 a few years ago. At the time she was quite slim and walked regularly with her friend. She also worked almost full time in the Elementary schools. I think the biggest factor that led to her type 2 diagnosis was that she had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant.
I would say my mom has it pretty hard. Limited diet. Crappy old style insulin. (Regular and NPH…come on! That combo is SO yesterday!) And in the beginning, she had no support from her doctor.
I think type 2’s get shoved to the side.
I once saw an elderly woman at the pharmacy get pills for her newly diagnosed type 2 condition. The pharmacist said, “Make sure you check your sugar for awhile to see if these combo of pills work for you.” The lady said, “What is checking your sugar?” The pharmacist said, “Didn’t your doctor tell you about the blood sugar monitor?” “No, what is that?”
How the hell can a doctor give out pills to a Type 2, for her to take the first time in her life, and NOT give her a blood sugar monitor?
How the hell will they know if those pills are working?
How the hell will they know if those pills are too strong?
Being Type 2 sucks. Period.
I do not have anger towards the Type 2’s.
I have anger over those that mix up Type 2 causes…with our causes.
Autoimmune vs. Metabolic.
I mean, I’m not that bright and it is an easy concept even for me.
But before I get too cocky, I am the first to admit that even Autoimmune vs. Metabolic doesn’t always tell the whole story.
With our family history, my endo is wondering if my mother may even have Lada. Adults with Lada have a VERY slow onset of Type 1. It is usually wrongly diagnosed as Type 2 because Lada patients can sometimes survive years on pills. Unfortunately, this wrong diagnosis can be disastrous.
No, I am not angry at the Type 2’s. And I'd venture to say, you aren't either. They have a ton on their plate.
ALL WE WANT…all we super duper really want…is for the media…the WORLD …for everyone!...to get these facts straight.
In honor of D Blog Day...here are 6 things I want the world to know:
1) Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. This means our children didn’t do anything OR eat anything, to cause this disease. It is a complete crap shoot. You are born with the disposition to get the disease. Period. There is an unknown trigger…probably a flu or a virus…but otherwise there was nothing we could do to prevent it.
2) Yes, Type 1’s can eat that.
3) No, that won’t make it go away. There is NO CURE. Insulin is life support. Period.
4) Don't question my judgement. I know better than my endo what is best for my boys. Sure she knows the ins and outs of diabetes, but I live and breathe my boys blood sugars, so let me do my thing!
5)There are no good or bad numbers in this house. They all are good. They tell us what to do next and that is it.
6) And lastly, comments to my child about your great uncle losing his foot to Type 2 diabetes, are not OK.
That is it.
Is that hate mail to Type 2’s? I don’t think so. In fact I'm sure type 2’s have their own list to send out to the world. I’d be interested in seeing those lists as I bet we have a few items in common.
Regardless…I hope for a cure for the Type 2 community, as much as I do for the Type 1. Alright…mostly as much. I really want a cure for my babies…If I’m being totally honest…
The only Type 2 people I don’t get along with are those who say stupid things.
And that goes for Type 1’s too.
AND for rest of the world too.
See…I’m totally not a diseasist! And I’m guessing, neither are you.