So Kims post about the article got me thinking about this....I am so irritated with the type 1, type 2 misconceptions. I was at the grocery store the other day and for a special treat for Emmie she picked out some m&m cookies from the bakery. The label did not have the nutritional info, just ingredients so I asked the bakery lady if she had a book, she looked and said "no." I told her why I needed it because my daughter has type 1 diabetes and I need to know the carb content, thinking this would make her put in a little more effort in looking. She looked at me and said "these cookies are not for diabetics they are loaded with sugar." I responded that I knew that but she is a type 1 diabetic and they are allowed to have sugar and asked her to look again. She called her manager who came over and they chatted a minute and then the manager called someone on the phone to see if they knew. Then the manager comes over and says that they do not have the info I need but these are not for diabetics. I thought I was going to loose my mind...I got the mean mom look and asked her if she had a minute so I could educate her on type 1 diabetes. I spoke a little loudly with my daughter standing next to me the whole time and gave her a ear full. And out of the mouth of babes at the end of the rant was my sweet little Emmie who said "Why won't they give us the cookies? I won't let Gram eat them." Gram is a type 2 diabetic.
Emmie did not get invited to a birthday party last year because of her diabetes and ignorant parents, it is just heartbreaking sometimes. Both of these diseases are awful and I really wish people would just keep their opinions to themselves. Thanks for the rant, I feel better!
-Meg (Emmies mom, diagnosed 10/29/09 at age 4)