With Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought it would be fun to put together my own little do’s and don’ts list for dealing with my diabetes. Consider this a how-to guide for all you non-d people out there who love someone with diabetes. :)
Do – Invite me out to your holiday parties and festivities. Diabetes doesn’t mean I don’t know how to have fun.
Don’t – Announce to everyone in the room that I am your friend/relative with the lazy pancreas. It’s not something I am personally excited about sharing while asking for the mashed potatoes to be passed my way.
Do – Let me know what you’ll be providing food/drink/dessert wise so I can game plan.
Don’t – Give me looks, or ask if I should be eating this or that, I know what I’m doing here. Promise.
Do – Provide “diabetic friendly” dishes if that will make you feel more comfortable with inviting me over. I always appreciate the care and concern that people take to ensure that I feel welcome.
Don’t – Assume that I am a “bad” diabetic because I indulged in a little apple pie/cookie/sweet treat. Diabetics CAN eat sugar. In moderation. Diabetes doesn’t mean I’ve completely lost my sweet tooth.
Do – Provide diet coke, and lots of it. :)
I know that sometimes it’s difficult for family members to know how to treat us diabetic folk. Sometimes they feel like they have to protect us from the dangerously carb-y dressing, or not so healthy fruit salads. The truth is it’s alright to live a little and enjoy myself just like everyone else tries to do during this time of year.
I appreciate the concerned look and whispered, “can she really eat that?” I do. Keep in mind though I have to think about every single thing I consume on a DAILY basis. It doesn’t go away and it isn’t magnified just on holidays. It is something I am constantly thinking about. How this bite and that sip are going to affect my body, my blood glucose, my everything. So when this season rolls around I like to be able to eat and be merry. Just like you.
So, you don’t have to worry about it.
I do it enough. Quit asking if I can eat that and just pass it on over.
I’ll decide if I want to be adventurous or not. :)
To my fellow D friends. What are some holiday “do’s and don’t’s” you’d add to the list?