“I Don’t Want to Hurt You”


For those of you pumping, have you ever asked your significant other to insert the infusion set?

It only hurts me about 1/3 of the time, and even then usually only for a few seconds.  But despite dealing with needles for 19 years, I can’t get over feeling jumpy when it’s time to put in a new set.

Tonight, as I sat with my Inset cocked back and ready to go, pressed firmly against my thigh….I froze.  I didn’t want to insert it.  I looked at my boyfriend and said “I don’t want to do it.  You should do it.”  Now, I was just talking.  I didn’t really need him to reach over and do it.  I guess it was just a way to show that I may have had this for 19 years, but I’m by no means so comfortable with it that I can stab myself and not blink twice.

His response?  A simple “I don’t want to hurt you.”

Those six words are very powerful for a diabetic to hear.  Not because I think he wouldn’t do it.  I think that if I really needed him to help me, he’d do it in a heartbeat.

But they’re important because they acknowledge that yes…diabetes is a PAINFUL disease.  There are parts of it that, frankly, just freaking hurt.

And I think that’s an extremely important realization many need to understand about diabetes.

I don’t just have to ‘watch what I eat’.  I have stabbed myself with needles thousands upon thousands of times, and I will have to continue to do so until either a)I die or b)a cure is found.

Diabetes hurts.

 

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One thought on ““I Don’t Want to Hurt You”

  1. Despite the fact that I give my son pokes 10000 times a day, and he’s fine with it, I never want to do it to myself. (ie to show someone else how to do it.) So, that shows you how much even a little pain is hard when we’re going to inflict it on ourselves.

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