“Does that hurt?”
That’s got to be one of my least favorite questions. It’s said when you’re pricking your finger, injecting, or telling someone how a CGM sensor works (“the wires are IN you skin? Really!?”). It’s often accompanied by a face all pinched up in a sort of attempt to convey the pain they’re so sorry you feel. Half the time, I feel like people are expecting me to say “No, not at all. I’ve been doing this for so long that I’ve trained my nerve endings to ignore the fact that I’m drawing blood from my fingertips several times a day. It’s easy!”
But that’s not true. The fact of the matter is that it does hurt. Every finger stick, every injection, every pump site change, every new CGM sensor we shove subcutaneously under the first layer of epidermis YEAH IT FRICKING HURTS.
But the fact that it hurts isn’t what matters with diabetes. Because you’d do it to, if you had to. I know there’s people say they’re afraid of needles (“no dude, you don’t understand, I’m like REALLY scared of needles), but guess what? That doesn’t make you the exception that makes you normal. EVERYONE is afraid of needles. Know why? Because they hurt. The pain isn’t what makes diabetes hard. Not even close. In fact, the hardest part about diabetes isn’t even a physical object. It’s the intangible noise in your head. It’s the worrying and ruminating and calculating that we do all day every day without a break for the rest of our lives.
But guess what? You’d learn to do it to. And the needles would still hurt, but you’d find a way to do it.