When someone who knows nothing about diabetes
starts talking to me about diabetes…
I used to get mad.
I used to argue.
I used to try to explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2.
But I have learned that it’s pointless.
It’s like trying to discuss childrearing issues
with someone who doesn’t have kids.
I thought I knew everything about being a parent.
But when the kids were born, I realized I didn’t have a clue.
I thought I was pretty well informed about diabetes, too.
But when we were diagnosed, I realized how much I had to learn.
Nowadays, when a non-diabetic tries to tell me what’s what,
I just ask a question about insulin ratios or long-term A1c levels.
I might even talk about changing the lancet.
With a straight face.
Just to see their reaction.
They never have any idea what I’m talking about.
Then I go home and tell the boys about the conversation.
We laugh and laugh and laugh.
I’m collecting stories.
One day, they’ll make a great comedy sketch.