I've had Diabetes for 5 years now. I have a few "best friends" but I still can't figure out how they feel about my diabetes. I know that they have a general understanding, like "high and low are bad... I think... right?" but they don't seem to really get it. I don't know if they're just shying away from the subject or what the deal is, but it's really annoying. In middle school, I really have a hard time trying to explain it to people, mostly because I'm very self-consious about it. But it seems like my friends are all still battling that, blood-pressure blood sugar thing, and I feel like a freak trying to check my blood and bolus at lunch. I get so many stares from my not-so-much-best-friends-whom-I'm-really-starting-to-hate 's that I'll sometimes skip checking my blood, or I'll put it off 'til an hour after I eat. I know it's unhealthy, but I just can't deal with the "Ew"'s and the "does that hurt"'s or the "I hate needles, do that somewhere else"'s and the "That is just NASTY!"'s. I can usually ignore them to an extent, as in I don't freak out on them, but when it gets to the point where enough is enough, I think my little explosions scare people away. Of course I never do that to my better friends, because, well, they've learned that critisizing my problems is not a good way to go. I just wish I knew a better way to communicate to them what this and that really mean. Like what a high blood sugar is doing to my body, or why I might be in a rotten mood because of it. Or when I'm on my way out the door of a friends house, and I try to tell them I'm low, I really can't walk all the way across town and be just fine. It really scares me to walk home on a low because I have passed out at the park on an occasion, and another time right in the middle of class (when I was in elementary)!!! So my question is, do I just ingore everyone and anyone that doesn't understand or just won't try to? Or do I try to teach them more about how my life works? Do I tell them that I can't take their constant quizzes when I need to do something diabetes realated? How can I explain that not only am I having trouble with my diabetes, but I'm also having trouble mentally because of the toll it has been taking on me recently? How do I explain anything????? I'm sorry about the long post, but I am really hitting a rut here, and I would greatly appreciate some help getting out of it.