A below post got me thinking of my annoyance with family members that simply refuse to educate themselves with type 1 diabetes. My Dad for example, although we aren't terribly close and only see each other a few times a year, the same repetitive conversation always occurs.. "So... can Brookie eat that?" "Hmm.. interesting, I thought you couldn't drink alcohol if you were diabetic?" (not in reference to my daughter, in reference to a girlfriend of mine), "Oh, I thought she couldn't have sweets"."Oh, is she okay at school all day long?" "Is she allowed to carry her supplies into the classroom?".. and the list just goes on and on and on..
I get blue in the face trying to explain the same thing over and over again. But what really irritates me the most is that my Dad doesn't sit down at the computer, google away, or perhaps read a book about type 1 diabetes. Clearly anything I say goes in one ear and out the other. And honestly, same goes for my Mom (whom I'm totally close with). Although she has a better understanding and is certainly comfortable administering my daughter's shots, she still doesn't totally "get it".
Our friends too.. would it really hurt for them to gain a little bit better understanding of diabetes? Let's be honest, the information is easy to find and comprehend.
I know if it were a family member of mine, or even a close friend, I would be all over knowing how to better understand and care for them.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?