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Ignorance October 27, 2009

Posted by aydensmom in diabetes, Uncategorized.
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I had to openly laugh when I read this letter to the editor a fellow blogger had posted:

On Oct. 3, myself and my girlfriend were eating lunch at Burger King. A family came in and sat across the aisle from us. While the father was ordering food, we were shocked and appalled to see a boy inject himself with whatever medication, in front of God and everybody all while sitting at the table. We found this extremely offensive. That sort of business should be done in private. How about a little respect for those around you. Other than the obvious fact that it’s not sanitary for those who use the table next, you have no idea how something like that can affect people. People go through a lot in their life and things like that may bring up certain feelings and memories best forgotten. I would like to thank those that day for totally ruining my meal. Blogger’s response

Those of you that know me, know this could have very well have been my family sitting across from this poor unsuspecting diner. And quite frankly, I hope it was!

Ignorance and shame are the hardest obstacles we have to deal with in the world of diabetes.  People who think we should hide in a bathroom, in my opinion, should have to go through one day of multiple daily injections, so they can begin to understand what it must be like for the child that has to live everyday with diabetes.

This gentleman had the gull to thank the family for ruining his meal. Well, I’m sure he doesn’t know how a child’s meal is scrutinized everyday to try to balance their needs with the necessary amount of carbohydrates that are required for him. In most cases this means no pop, ice cream, or other desserts. And God forbid your child likes and wants ketchup. These small items are a luxury for a child with diabetes and can ruin his or her meal on a daily basis. So I’m not too upset that this person missed out on one burger. As for what he’s been though in his life that made him this selfish and inconsiderate, I will guarantee it is nothing compared to eight to 12 finger pokes a day, multiple shots of insulin – where the sting of the insulin hurts more than the needles, the stomach turning side effects of a high and the fear and headaches that come with a low. Not to mention comparing his struggles to being a mother that has to hold herbaby down tostick them so that they can live.  

Anyone who does have a concern with my family and our practices of treating Ayden in public – in full view of everyone in a restaurant,  I encourage you to approach us to discuss why we’re doing what we’re doing. My goal is to respond to every question with information and dignity. Just keep in mind, I’m still a mother of a diabetic child and I will respond accordingly to how my child is made to feel and I will not tolerate my child feeling any shame.