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Old 08-05-2012, 20:12   #21
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I tell most everyone. I've learned so much, had so many common beliefs turned on their head, that I have an urge to plant seeds all over the place. So I indulge. Thus far, I think a few just might have sprouted ...

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I had an experience last night that is similar. I was at a friend's birthday party and a server came around with some beautiful tiny bits for us to have with drinks and I said "those are so pretty, what are they?" and she said roll ups made from cheese, ham rolled around okra. I had just picked one up on a skewer and I put it back and said "I'm sorry, I can't have okra, I'm allergic to it, thank you but I best not." There were several of us and they were astounded and had to know what it did to me and I ended up explaining that it gives me migraines. They seemed to be amazed, but finally one friend after asking how I've ever leaned that who said"well if it gave me a migraine, I'd never eat it either!

Vaguely embarrassing, but the moment passed. I then had to tell how I make my gumbo without it. After that I gently moved to another group.

I guess it's human nature to be curious, but altho' I'm not shy, I'd rather not discuss my health in public.




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Old 08-06-2012, 14:37   #23
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In general I hide it. No one at my work knows and never will.

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By nature, I'm as open as the Montana sky. So my diabetes, like everything else about me, is fair game to discuss if anyone's interested. But mostly, people aren't interested. Which is fine by me.

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In general I hide it. No one at my work knows and never will.
I waited till I had 90 days in and was in the union before I said anything about it. I didn't want any weirdness from the company. It turns out there are many of us employees that have D and the company is very accommodating and provides excellent insurance coverage especially for those of us with the disease. I am blessed for sure.

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I don't hide a thing. If asked, I use it as an opportunity to educate. I test anywhere and did my shots anywhere before my pump.

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Old 08-06-2012, 21:06   #27
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Hide it... mostly because I am just private. I have told one of my friends who lives out of state because he is a very positive person and I could use that, and I also told my sister who had gestational diabetes in the past and recently is pregnant again and she is being very proactive about it. I also told my closest friend as he is a pretty healthy person in general and who I tend to exercise with most.

I didn't come right out and say it I just say "oh my dr thinks my blood sugar is too high" so I don't have to say the D word in case people don't know what that means... my sister knew though so she asked. I told that to my boss since I have to miss work for a few of the appts I had to make (the dietitian and diabetes educator are not as flexible as my doctor).

The reason I don't is because I don't want to talk about it with someone who doesn't know what it is because I just don't want to get into the whole explanation. I don't tell most of my family because then its a "thing". While I have a supportive family they are chatty... mostly my mom. I don't think my aunts/uncles/cousins/my mom's coworkers and anyone else she chats with needs to know that I have it much less how I'm doing with it. I remember my mom saying my dad went out of his way sometimes to hide his symptoms and complications from her... maybe because he didn't want to deal with them but maybe because he just didn't want every relative blood or not to know.

I have thought about telling her but I think I would like to have it under control first... and with the condition that I don't want her to discuss it with anyone but me (not sure how that will go). I have had my meter out and some books while she was over so I haven't been super nuts about hiding it.

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I was diagnosed in 1965 and lived in a small town of 5500. I was the only juvenile onset diabetic in the town until 1976 or so. I told everyone because I was afraid if I had an insulin reaction (hypo) nobody would know what to do. I don't care if anyone knows about it. Right now because of other medical issues, not related to my being a diabetic I'm overweight, so when people learn I'm a diabetic they believe I'm a type 2 not a juvenile onset. That disturbs me more trying to explain me losing weight will not make my diabetes go away.

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I'm amazed at the number of people I have worked with for years that are type 2 and nobody knew. Amazing what conversations ensue from openly putting coconut oil in coffee. Even the assumed 'healthy' people are curious a about the eating fats and loosing weight. And questions about can I eat this or that and my answer is I always I can eat anything but choose not to eat what I know will raise my BG over 140. I think it helps. My top operator tested 208 after eating a sandwich, the next night his sandwich came without bread and a request for websites.

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I'm amazed at the number of people I have worked with for years that are type 2 and nobody knew.
I'm amazed at the friends I didn't know had diabetes.

Urgent care said I needed to pack a bag and get to a hospital - oh, and I could not drive myself anywhere. I was adamant about not going to the local hospital and so needed to be driven to another town. Called someone who's a good enough friend that he was there in 15 minutes and stayed at the hospital with me almost all night. As I was staggering around the house preparing for what urgent care said would be an in-hospital stay, my friend said "I know what you mean" - and on the way to the hospital revealed he was diabetic. I never knew! And he's on insulin ...

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