What do you see?

Imagine you come across someone in public. Or you’re a health care provider and you see a patient.

You see this person. Overweight, looks stressed and slightly nervous about being here.

You look a the chart. Type 2 diabetic, on insulin, logs say this person’s blood sugar is running higher than you would like.

You look back at the person, what do you see? Do you see someone who is non-compliant? Someone who doesn’t care for themselves? An annoyance? A burden on society? An idiot?

Let me tell you what you see when you are looking at me. You are seeing a person who has a chronic condition that will never go away. A person who has to worry about this disease from sun up until sun down. Forever. You are seeing a person who has struggled with depression and binge eating since she was 5 years old. You are seeing a person who has a non-typical presentation of diabetes, who must balance insulin resistance with deficiency, as well as losing weight on top of it all. You are looking at a person whose blood sugars are running high, not for lack of effort, but because she can’t afford her next shipment of insulin for a while, and must stretch out what she has.

You are seeing a daughter, a sister, a friend, a partner. A graduate student. A person whose passion in life is to improve the lives of others in similar situations. You are seeing a human being.

So next time you see someone who looks a certain way or has a certain disease, I challenge you look at WHO you see, instead of what.

Rc

Checking in

Hello to anyone who still reads this blog.

This is me checking in.

Hi.

I’ve largely avoided posting anything on here, mostly because I haven’t had any awesome ideas or exciting news. Life is all about graduate school, figuring out who will write letters of recommendation for me, and basically staying alive between exams.

Life is okay, 2014 has been pretty uneventful so far, which in my book is usually a good thing.

I’ve learned a few things though last year:

  • After two pump trials I learned that it’s just not for me. Though who knows what the future will bring, but at the moment I’m not comfortable with that being my treatment plan.
  • I can get a CGM, but I better get it quick (aka while I’m still on my parents’ insurance plan). I found out recently that my particular company WILL cover 85% of the cost of the CGM post-deductible, even if my diagnosis on paper is T2. Which is pretty awesome. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of my Dexcom trials, so let’s hope that’s something I can work towards in the coming year.
  • And lastly, figuring out how to bolus for coffee in the morning has saved my constantly sleep-deprived life, and it is awesome.

Ta ta for now.

Rc