I’ve been seeing a Dr lately for something other than diabetes. That’s quite a strange experience because at some point they always ask the question “How is your diabetes?” How am I meant to answer that?
- Truthfully – “It’s a damn irritation to be honest but it’s fine”
- What they want to hear? – “I have it all under control, my HbA1c is perfect and my diabetes will in no way impact on your work”
- Baffle them with science – “The CGMS has identified a problem with dawn phenomenon and I think I need to tweak my basals to counter-act some underlying insulin resistance. Engage warp drive.”
- Flippantly – “Why don’t you ask it? Hey, diabetes, how are you?”
- Emotionally -“I thought you’d never ask, I can’t cope any longer, I’ve had this 26 years and it’s driving me mad <burst into tears for extra impact>”
- Try to confuse them – “Oh, I’ve given my diabetes some time off, I thought it was feeling a little stressed so I said I’d cope on my own for a couple of weeks while it took a break”
- Scare them – “Diabetes? Oh I don’t bother about that, the interweb said it could be cured with coffee so I’m drinking 20 cups a day.”
So, how is your diabetes?