Thursday, December 27, 2007

Type 1/Type 2: A Moment That Made Me Proud

As many of you know, I have often been upset by the public's lack of knowledge concerning diabetes and the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I have often been disturbed by lack of knowledge among diabetics themselves, such as Ms. Berry. In fact, I get upset and frustrated by it so often, that I could probably write a blog post for every day of the year, just focusing on the above mentioned things.
But I have to say I had an experience on Christmas day that made me quite proud and made me think that maybe, just maybe, people are listening. When I went with my church to Nashville for our bridge ministry I rode in a church van with several people I didn't know. My church is a large church and although I recognized everyone on the van, I didn't know any of them by name.
On the way back on Christmas night we stopped to get a quick bite to eat. My blood sugar was low. I knew it. I usually can't feel my lows, but that was one of the rare exceptions. I tested and confirmed a 64. At the convenience store I grabbed a blueberry muffin (I know, not the best of dinner choices, right?) and ate it. I knew, however, that it wasn't going to bring my blood sugar up fast enough. I asked them to let me back in the van so I could grab a juice box, explaining that I was diabetic.
When we got back on the road, one of the women started asking me some questions. The first of which was, "How long have you had diabetes?" This is a standard question. "Since I was 4 years old," I replied. And then, another lady says, "Oh, you are Type 1 then?" and she turns to another lady in the van and says, "That means she can't ever get rid of diabetes. It's not a diet issue."
I couldn't believe it. How could this woman know the difference? It's so rare to find a person who does. I asked her a few quick questions and found out that she worked at a school in which there was a diabetic child and she had learned quite a bit in dealing with him.
I was blown away. And proud. And slightly hopeful. That woman may not have known everything about diabetes, but she could, at least basically, tell the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
I also have to note on here Diabetes Mine's blog post for the day. It was regarding diabetes etiquette. How wonderful to know that someone is thinking about diabetes etiquette and how to spread the news to all the non-diabetics in the world!
In regards to my recent Christmas gift, I leave you all with a clip of the great fiddle player, Mr. Charlie Daniels, and his timeless classic The Devil Went Down To Georgia. I'm not delusional enough to think I'll ever play like that, but seeing him play could be inspiration to almost anyone.
On a separate note, I will not be posting again until after the New Year. I am going out of town tomorrow and won't be able to post. I leave you all this year of 2007, praying that you all have a blessed and HEALTHY 2008.


AmyT said...

Thanks for the shout-out, and Happy New Year, Cara!

Donna said...

You made my day by posting that YouTube clip of Charlie Daniels playing that fiddle. I loved it! That clip must have been from a long time ago since his beard was brown at the time. It's pretty white now. My son saw him at a RibFest concert a couple of years ago & just because Charlie is older doesn't mean he can't still play make that fiddle sing. My son said it was great! Maybe one day you will play like that! Wouldn't that be cool?

Oh, and how refreshing that the women in the van with you understood a little about the different types of diabetes. It's nice to have that happen, isn't it?

Hope you have a great weekend and have a safe, happy new year!

Minnesota Nice said...

Oh, that Charlie Daniels is one of the original bad boys.
Do you like Allison Krauss? I love her fiddle playing, but I think it is many times overshadowed by her beautiful voice.
Good luck with your lessons. Music has always been a primary healing force in my life.
Happy New Year.

Jillian said...

Happy New Year Cara! Here's to your fiddle quest, and to people who surprise you with there diabetes knowledge!

Unknown said...

what a fiddler!

awesome post.

happy new year, and I'm glad you had a positive experience with a non-diabetic.