Let's see if I can remember them all. lol Having it for 22 years gets you a nice list.
- So high blood sugars, you can die from that? - Technically yes, but I'd need to have consistently high blood sugars for a couple of years consistently.
- So how do you deal with no sugar? - Or variations of such.
- So when you're low you need a shot? - This one makes sense, a little, although they don't know the difference between a shot of insulin and a shot of glucagon, which must have made the rounds on promotional material for diabetes at some point.
- Does that hurt? - For both hand testing and injecting of insulin. One of the first things I mention is I've had it for over 20 years. You think I would have gotten used to it by now.
- Are you allowed to eat that? - Sort of a variation on the no sugar one, but it's been said about a number of foods.
- Are you ok? - In response to blood sugars below what they've seen others have. Some have been decent questions, like when I am 3.0mmol/L, but others have been considerably higher, like 8.0mmol/L. They will invariably ask multiple times, for some reason not believing me.
That said, most often when I meet people and let them know I'm a diabetic I do the whole 'informative discussion', especially if they're someone who's going to be around me a lot and needs to know these things. I let them know what I usually need, and what likely happens with me. Usually it's very specific to emergency situations, but fortunately don't happen often, if at all.
Also, to demonstrate the stupidity of a diabetic friend (given that we're looking at the 'lack of awareness' of a lot of non-diabetics) I'll recount a short anecdote.
Type 1 diabetic. Highschool. Computer class.
Him: *walks in with a bottle of orange juice*
Me: Oh hey, [name]. Where are your sugars at? *looks a little concerned*
Him: Eh, I just checked them. I'm 16. [mmol/L]
Me: *blinks* Uhhhh... juice?
Him: Oh, yeah. I just change the setting on my pump. *changes pump setting*
Me: Ooook. What's your HbA1c?
Him: Last time I did it I was 28. *chuckles*
Me: *eyes bug out* Wait... what?
I swear. I'll be surprised if he doesn't have secondary complications yet.