Yup, still working on the Friends for Life reviews. 🙂
I went to two sessions hosted by William Polonsky, Diabetes Etiquette and The Great Meter Makeover. I was going to combine them into one post, but the more I started thinking about The Great Meter Makeover, the more I realized it needed a post of its own or this entry would look more like a novel. Dr. Polonsky is the founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. Gosh, I wish I knew about that place when I lived in California!
Dr. Polonsky reminded us that our loved ones typically really do care about us but they just don’t know the best way to be supportive.
Okay, right now I want you to think about something other than a pink elephant.
What are you thinking about right now? How many of you are thinking about a pink elephant? It’s a natural reaction. The same thing happens when someone tells a diabetic we are ‘not supposed’ to do something. The natural response is to do the opposite. We become diabetes criminals facing the diabetes police.
I had seen this before, but Polonsky showed us a humorous clip about the types of diabetes police we often see.
How many of you have dealt with Nagging Nancy, Misinformed Matthew, or Gloomy Glenda? I know I have!!
That’s why when he offered us a stack of his diabetes etiquette cards, I grabbed a stack! They are handy little cards that you can fit in your wallet and pass out to people as needed. You can get some of your own in a variety of ways from the BDI website. Over 100,000 cards have been distributed already!
As much as I have dealt with stupid comments related to diabetes, I try to realize that for the most part people have their hearts in the right place. They want to have a relationship and connect with you, and sometimes the only way they know how is a story about grandma’s surgery or the recent news story they heard about diabetes. Granted there are still the bad ones, like the guy last Wednesday who did a monologue in front of a bunch of people about how he served me out of order at our work ice cream social because I have diabetes and he has ‘seen me when I haven’t had my sugar’. To him, I say here’s your sign!