Do You Have a Child with Diabetes?????……then Shut Up!!!

stupid-is-a-stupid-doesEver want to say that?  My guess is, yes.  I know people with diabetes (PWDs) have shared that with me many times as people forge forward in telling them what they ‘need to do’.  An expert who has no reason to be an expert is….well….a turkey-brain; right?

Now I know expertise can be somewhat learned.  I mean Endos do not have to have diabetes to treat the disease (although many have shared, it surely does not hurt), right?  I’m not a PWD and cannot speak from that point-of-view but I can surely speak from a parent’s point of view.

I have a friend of mine who has twins.  One boy and one girl.  Guess the number one question she is asked……ready…..are they identical?  I thought she was kidding. “Nope, they look me straight in the eye and ask me if my kids are identical.”  My jaw dropped as I asked her how she answered?  “Depends on the moment and how I feel but the one I enjoy saying most is that no they are not, one of them has a penis.”  Absolutely priceless.

We get the stupid questions too, do we not?  I do not know about you but I’m still looking to see what I did that my kids got diabetes; what was the piece of cake that sent them over the edge; what age they will grow out of it; how it might ‘deform’ them (still not getting that one at all); when will they die; or where it is in my family; like answering that question will heal all wounds.

Not to mention the stupid comments because quite truthfully, I do not care what part of body your aunt’s cousin’s brother lost with his diabetes; and/or that your dog, cat, kangaroo or sloth had it so you know exactly what we are going through.

You don’t.

Such is the nature of……well……so many….who just don’t know what to say or do.  A simple, “how are you all doing?” is fairly safe.  But for the life of me I do not get the conversations I have had over the years.  Drives me a little coo-coo.  I guess there are worse things in life…..are there not?  I mean, aren’t we just lucky it’s not cancer?
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