(Scene: school shabbos, in the middle of the afternoon)
Me: Hi! Would you like some chocolate?
Sadly Misinformed Classmate: What? Why are you eating that??
Me: Oh. (Blushes) Well I know it's milk chocolate but I know that the school food is really bad so I didn't even taste it. I am still milchigs. (smug)
SMC: Oh. I didn't even notice that, and anyway, I am milchigs too. I just meant that.... (embarrassed)
Me: That what? (I have a feeling I know exactly what she is trying to say but I am not about to make it any easier for her.)
SMC: Well doesn't it have sugar?
Me: (enjoying this:-D) Yes, it does. So?
SMC: You can't have sugar!
Me: (taking a bite of chocolate, with mouth very full) Can't I?
SMC: But don't you have......um....diabetes?
Me: Yes. So?
SMC: So you can't have sugar!
Me: Yes I can! (takes another bite!) I can eat whatever I like!
Point is, people with diabetes not being able to eat any sugar is probably the biggest, and most annoying diabetes myth out there. If you read my post explaining what diabetes is all about then you know that whether something has sugar, or any other form of carbohydrates, it effects your blood sugar. I can eat sugar, just the same way I can eat cookies, rice cakes, fruit, challah, danishes, potatoes, rice, cakes, cookies and cupcakes. I wear in insulin pump which is connected to me at all times. If I want to eat anything with carbohydrates (sugar or otherwise), I push a few buttons on my pump and voila! I can eat it! Just like you! It's THAT simple!
If you weren't sure until now whether or not I was crazy, here you go. This is SO my type of humor. There are probably people out there who think that my blood sugar will go high just by LOOKING at those cupcakes...It won't btw.
So if you have friends with diabetes, please realize that they can eat whatever they would like. Please also realize that they have a lot more experience taking care of people with diabetes than you do, and that they probably don't need your advice. For more info on what to say/not to say to people who have diabetes, you can watch this youtube video. Though it's meant for people who have diabetes, I think it can be interesting to others too. (I was going to link now to a page explaining the various myths regarding diabetes so I might have to write my own...even though I'm sure nobody wants to read it...lol)
(By the way, sorry that I keep changing the looks of a BOSD. I just need to get it right...)