Ah yes – the holidays! Full of all those offensive wonderful coworkers/friends/family members who seem to have left their “Diabetes Etiquette” at home. People with diabetes hear the darndest things almost every day. We know it’s usually out of concern, care, or a lack of education about diabetes, but sometimes, these familiar statements can get a little annoying. Here, a top 10 list of statements you’re likely to hear at the holidays – and what to say back! And for the people in our lives that have said these things – we know you mean well, so consider this a lighthearted way to show how those statements can sound to the person in your life with diabetes.
1.) Are you allowed to eat that?
Yes. I got a “special permission note” from my mother. It’s in the principal’s office, do you want me to get it?
2.) I could never have diabetes, I hate needles!
Really? That’s so funny – you’re the only one. I love them so much I made sure to ask for diabetes last Christmas so I could take injections ALL the time!
3.) Diabetes? Oh my Grandma died from that.
And a Happy Holidays to you to!
4.)You can’t have dessert.
Why? Did you not make any?!?
5.) I had this one friend in high school who had diabetes and she used to have seizures all the time.
Yeah, we all had that friend. In Steel Magnolias. Her name is Julia Roberts and her character isn’t real.
6.) You have diabetes because you ate too much sugar as a kid.
Yes, but to be fair, Willy Wonka is my dad.
7.) You can cure diabetes with diet and exercise.
WHAT??!!! WHERE IS THE TREADMILL!!! I AM SKIPPING DINNER!!!
8.) Your insulin pump makes diabetes easy right? It does all the work for you.
Shhhhh! He might hear you and realize I’m underpaying him!
9.) You have the really bad kind of diabetes since you take insulin.
How bad must yours be if your body is making the stuff in its own little pancreas factory! YIKES!
10.) Doesn’t that hurt when you prick your finger?
Yes but us vampires have to eat SOMETHING at Christmas dinner.