Thank You For Sharing

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I could not readily tell if any of the SHHH images were legit for me to use, so I made this one. You can have it!

Jack visited the school nurse’s office while a substitute was holding down the fort. She noticed Jack’s surname and said, “I remember your brother. He’s the diabetic one.” Jack recounted the rest of the conversation for me.

JACK: Yup.

SNURSE: My mother-in-law had diabetes. Your brother is so lucky. Everything is so easy now with the Weight Watchers points.

JACK: Mmhmm.

That was pretty much it. But this retelling made my heart flutter and I will treasure it forever. I’m filing it in the brain-space beside the folder that holds the town library meeting re audiobooks, during which one board member stood up to inform us that he’d done some research and “compact discs are the wave of the future.”

Also, it made me think do I do that? Do I say things about other people’s medical things? I hope I don’t. I wouldn’t put it past me to think I know something about XYZ that the person with XYZ doesn’t know, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t say the thing out loud. But I bet have done so. It is very hard for humans to hold in their imaginary knowledge.

While I realize I can’t be objective, doesn’t it seem like people find diabetes uniquely worthy of their comments? Does any other illness attract this much peanut gallery? The dumb comments we get about celiac are minimal. Joe had the flu. No one said anything dumb about that.

AND… American Idol. (<—Contestant w. Dexcom.)

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11 responses to “Thank You For Sharing

  1. This reminds me sooo much of the dozens of rude, dumb, intrusive and usually very poorly timed comments I got as a women expecting twins while not being say, 25 years old. I still can’t belive the things people said to me!

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  2. Lauren

    You are really calm when telling this story. I would be upset. A comment like that coming from a school nurse who is supposed to know basic medical things while having (your) children in her care? Whoa.

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  3. I used to get lots of dumb gluten comments before the diet was so common. Mainly confusing gluten with glucose.

    I do get plenty of dumb comments re: seizures though.

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  4. How I WISH I’d been at that library meeting. I will say, I do NOT get a lot of stuff about ulc. colitis, but you share family mental illness stories and you get a lot of shares.

    You’re so smart and insightful. I love this post.

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  5. Ann

    People say stupid stuff about every human illness and condition– cancer, pregnancy, obesity, depression. Some people are idiots without a stop valve.

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  6. Weight Watchers… Deal-a-Meal… all of those fabulous programs were modeled off of the old diabetic-exchange diet. We came up with it first. You’re welcome.

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  7. mollyjade

    I hear people with chronic headaches get a lot of this because everyone has had a few headaches in their life. No matter they’re not like this person’s three year 7-on-the-pain-scale headache.

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  8. SHHHH. i know precisely the image you’ve recreated above. nicely done.

    in the months before L was diagnosed, when we still thought it was food allergies but in retrospect it was clearly early stages of DKA, one casual acquaintance mentioned diabetes as possibly being the cause for L being so thirsty and going to the bathroom so much. our response? BUT IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE THAT BECAUSE SHE IS NOT FAT. IN FACT, SHE’S LOST SOME WEIGHT RECENTLY. SO THERE. LOL *sobbing*

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