Our Podder Talk readers continue to share some of the funny, interesting and sometimes annoying comments people have made about their, or a loved one’s, diabetes. Check them out and come back later in the week to read more!
“A neighbor once pointed to my arm and asked if I'd hurt myself. He thought my Dexcom sensor was a really advanced style of band-aid and I had to explain briefly what a CGM does.” -Rachel Kerstetter
“At the office, my CGM receiver, PDM and iPhone all sit together next to my desk phone. When the IT guy came to work on my computer he asked, ‘How many phones do you have?!’” -Rachel Kerstetter
“Once when I took a yoga class, the teacher asked what it was I had in my pocket. I didn't even have a pocket; it was my Pod. I told her it was my insulin pump. She thought I was carrying chap stick.” -Judie Hurtado
“Said to me in a meeting: ‘Why do you have a garage door opener taped to your arm?’” -Melissa Lee
“‘Oh type 1? That's the bad kind of diabetes right?’ (Um, remind me what the good one is?)” -Alexis Pollak
"You have diabetes because your parents fed you too much sugar as a kid, right?’ (Um no. That's not how that works and I wasn't force fed cotton candy as a kid!)” -Alexis Pollak
“While staying at a hotel in North London last year, I was working out in a particularly large and well-equipped hotel gym and following the video exercise routine that was playing on my tablet. I was wearing a sleeveless workout shirt which exposed the OmniPod I had placed on the back of my tricep. Two older ladies beckoned me over and said, ‘We saw what you were doing and just had to ask…is that one of those workout things that tracks what you are doing on your computer?’
A recent news story from my home state of California was on my mind, so I improvised it into my explanation, looked around, inched towards them and said in a hushed voice, ‘Have you ever heard of something in America called 'Megan's Law?’ Well, it is a law designed to monitor the whereabouts of registered sex offenders,’ I said as I slowly turned to give them a closer look of the OmniPod. As their looks slowly changed from inquisitive to near shock, I continued… ‘That's a great law designed to keep people like us safe from really bad people, but this thing here…this is just an insulin pump!’
After flashing a big 'gotcha' smile and offering a quick apology for playing such a joke on these two kind ladies, we had a good laugh and carried on our way. Perhaps a little cruel, but funny!” -Matt Copp
“One big concern of the school nurse (and a very legitimate one) was that if I took my PDM out in the classroom, my teachers would assume I was using my cell phone. So she sent an e-mail out to all of them, basically saying ‘If you see this student with a hand-held device, it is not a cell phone. It is part of her insulin pump.'
One day a teacher completely forgot. I took out my PDM to give myself a bolus and she looked over and said ‘Stop texting and put that away, Katie.’
I said, ‘But I’m giving myself insulin.’
Then she felt really bad about and kept apologizing.
In a moment of weakness I thought, ‘Wow, I really could take out my phone and text. Who would know the difference?’ But I decided to stay honest!” -Katie Machia
“‘Why did you have more kids if they are going to end up suffering and being so sickly with those diseases (referring to both T1 and Celiac)?’ (Um??? First of all, she isn't suffering or sickly; secondly, our decision to have three kids, isn't your concern; and lastly, there's no guarantee our other children will be affected. Thankyouverymuch.)” -Wendy Rose
“‘I HATE shots! I could never have diabetes...’ (Well I love them so I asked for diabetes.)” -Alexis Pollak
“The craziest thing was when I was getting a facial; I explained that I needed to keep my phone on in case Joey tried to contact me, due to his type 1. The woman told me that her husband had type 1. We started talking about insulin pumps, and that Joey uses the OmniPod, she said ‘My husband wants to get the insulin pump but is really afraid of the surgery!’ I used this as a teaching opportunity!” -Therese Balistrieri