Have you ever run into a diabetes know-it-all? By that I mean another PWD who thinks that they are the end-all and be-all of diabetes knowledge and know-how?
I’ve had a few run-ins with some people I view as diabetes know-it-alls, and I’m never sure how to react. I mean, typically I argue my own point which opposes theirs, but I don’t know how to get them to realize they aren’t the world’s gift to diabetics everywhere. I try my best to be respectful while also being adamant that they need to realize their way is not the only way to handle diabetes.
What it ultimately comes down to is that we always need to remember that while we all have diabetes, we are all very very unique individuals. We should not be told or made to feel that the smallest things we do – how or when we bolus for food, what we choose to eat, how many carbs we choose to eat, etc. – define whether we are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ diabetics. No one should be made to feel they are unsuccessful or lazy simply because MDI or pumping doesn’t work for their individual needs. And people shouldn’t be made to feel lazy or unsuccessful because they feel they need to use MDI or a pump to best control themselves.
We need to be respectful of one another and realize that what works for one of us may be the complete and utter opposite of what works for someone else – but that doesn’t mean the other person is wrong, stupid, lazy, or uneducated.
If we want to educate the public about diabetes and break down the myths that surround it, we need to start by understanding, for ourselves, that there is no one way to describe diabetes or the care that goes along with it.