Anonymous asked: I'm a nonbetic which is a shocker since on both sides of my family, I'm at high risk. I have dated a diabetic before and was overly cautious. This ended up annoying him. How do I make sure to be sympathetic/understanding without coming off as rude?
I think it is great that you want to be supportive, but this is something you have to discuss with the particular person in question…
I can tell you from personal experience that I am much more open with my diabetes (besides having this blog) with people who also have diabetes because they understand where I’m coming from.
For example, it really ticks me off when people look over my shoulder at my meter, this is not any of their business unless I decide to share it with them. Dating someone who was overly cautious would annoy me as well. We know that diabetes is hard, and that our blood sugars can fluctuate. It’s something we deal with every day and we don’t need someone else nagging on us.
And quite honestly, a diabetic’s response to you asking about their diabetes could alter from day today, or hour to hour, depending on if it is a particularly good day or not. I understand that this isn’t the most fair, but diabetes is a huge emotional burden and can have huge effects on our moods, as much as we may not like it.
Again, I think it is WONDERFUL that you want to be supportive, but this is a subject that you’re going to have to approach with each person because everyone is different.
Anonymous asked: I was dianosed with boarder line diabeties and my dr put me on metphormine. And to be honest I hate it cause the med makes me feel weak and hungry after I take it so I haven't been taking it as I should. And on top of that I have bulimia which I am trying to recover from. I don't know what to do.
I don’t want to give you any wrong advice here, so I’m going to say you should talk to your doctor about this. Weakness and increased appetite sound like side effects that are detrimental to your quality of life. IF you haven’t been on it that long it’s possible that they will subside once your body gets used to it.
As for the bulimia, I hope you are seeking help with this. Recovery is much stronger in numbers and struggling with an eating disorder will only make having diabetes even harder.
If you need anyone to talk to, you can always come here.
champagne--supernovas asked: also, how can I tell my mum that I don't need her to come into my appointments anymore? I go with my sister who's younger, so my mum is always there but I don't want her in the room? x
I would have a conversation with your mom and tell her how you feel. I see from your page that you are 16, and I think that is definitely old enough to be going in to your appointments alone. Your mom should respect that privacy. Tell her that it would help you gain your independence and take ownership of your diabetes by being able to talk with your doctor one-on-one!
Feel free to send in any questions or submissions you have!