At a recent clinic for one of my diabetic complications I saw a Doctor I hadn’t seen before who described me in the usual format
1. A long established Type 1
2. Partially sighted
3. Hypo unaware
4. etc etc.
I sat and agreed with him whilst thinking good grief is that powerpoint presentation of complications really me?
I realise there is no room for sugar coating anything to do with diabetes – no pun intended – but just for once wouldn’t it be great to be described in glowing terms that would cheer you on? Something along the lines of
So, you are a
1. Stunning brunette running your own pancreas
2. Beautiful hazel eyes with threadbare retinas
3. Cute sensor and pump keeping you conscious
Obviously a subjective list could be even more distressing than the bare medical facts but sometimes I really would like some better labels attached to me. What kind of embellishments would you like?
Anyway, it’s like the advertisements for pumps – the infusion sets are always shown on some model with a flat, blemish-free stomach and never on the hairy tummy of some berr-gutted biker. I wonder why?