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Sunday, March 27, 2011

My mother taught me that it was not polite to stare....

....so why is it the rest of the world seems to have missed this lesson in etiquette? My least favorite thing since diagnosis is eating in a restaurant because it is so difficult to calculate carbs and also because I don't know how to handle the stares from everyone around when I poke my little man's fingers or give him a shot. We try to be discrete but I refuse to do it in the dirty public bathrooms. I feel like everyone is judging what I give my kid to eat because they don't understand type 1 diabetes or they wonder what we did to cause this? Paranoid, I know!

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  1. You will get to a point where you don't care... for me it happened very quickly. I'm doing what I have to do to keep my daughter alive. If you want to ask questions, please do. If not, kindly mind your own business.

    I have had some wonderful conversations with people who have seen me giving Elise a shot and wanted to know her story.

    Just never mind the busy-bodies and be proud of the fact you're taking such good care of your son.

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  2. You could always make a sign to put on your back...something like, "my kid is a type 1 diabetic and right now I am keeping him alive." That might do it! :) Having a pump makes it a little easier to be discreet, but it's not always easy to put my hand underneath my shirt and pull my pump out so I can bolus!

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  3. Awww, yeah, the stares. I don't really care. I hope they ask questions or invite them to ask. I think it peques curiosity to see such young children with "D"...this is a more recent trend...the very young getting it. And...it makes it more difficult to be discreet in caring for "D"...b/c we as the parents are doing all the work. You are doing a great job. Keep up the great work D Mama Sistah!

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  4. I want to say that I don't mind, 'cause usually we do what we have do, anywhere we have to do it...but when they STARE...and have that awful rude look on their face, it bothers me a little. We have done the diabetes thing so long it seems all "normal" to us. But when you are forced to look at what you are doing through a strangers eyes...especially a rude staring stranger...then our "normal" doesn't seem so noraml anymore.

    But, :P~~~~ to them! We aren't in the dark ages anymore. Everyone should know what diabetes is. So I say hold your head high! You are being a pancreas...and ok, it isn' normal, but it is a pretty special thing to be. :)

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  5. sorry you have to deal with that girl. people just dont know how to act. Youre such a good mommy and I know God wont give you more than you can handle. Love you girl!

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  6. The stares don't bother me any more, but they bother my son and therefore they bother me. I don't want him to feel self-conscious. It's tough enough growing up with diabetes. We don't need looky-loos making it worse.

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  7. I used to pull her hand down and test at waist level so it's a bit under the table and when using a pen under the table in the thigh. Thought I was so discreet until one day, an older man came up to the table and said "You are not alone...." Supportively said, he had Type 2. Why do people stare? Surely they are aware if you are giving medication there is a reason for it? I'm sorry you and your child have to go through this in public.

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  8. Let 'em stare! Tell them to take a picture!! I never cared about the staring- but others in my family did. Now it is what it is... I just never wanted her to feel embarrassed by her D or feel that she needed to hide it. This does get better with time.... Hang in there!!

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  9. Oh the stares!!! Yeah, we know them well too. I don't give a you-know-what about them frankly. My oldest has autism and I am so used to the stares, it's like we are a traveling circus at times. You will get to a point that you just do what you gotta do and let them stare, whatever. It takes a while to get to that place, but it does get better with time.

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