A Lesson in Diabetes
Now there are two important things you have to know about my family: First they are all nurses in fact one of my cousins just passed her LSAT’s last Friday and I am so proud of her. Second aside from her the rest have been nurses for at least 5 years each.
When the issue of my diabetes comes up, which it inevitably does when am doing the routine management tasks like bolusing before a meal, or carb counting or having that special “diabetic” tea that we set aside just for you Ronnie lol.
I find myself having to explain certain things and Sunday was no different.
This time the discussion revolved around the fact that type 1 diabetes is technically not called juvenile diabetes any more with questions as to how I was a type 1 if I wasn’t diagnosed as a child (I was 19 at diagnosis) and so forth.
Yet Every time this happens I cant help but wonder when exactly I turned into the educator of sorts in our little fraternity. I mean shouldn’t the roles be reversed here?
After 15 years with this dreadful disease I used to think that I pretty much knew most of the routine management and other effects of diabetes, but being dubbed educator among these medical minds is something entirely new to me.
Last week one of my Friends on Facebook took her teenage son who has diabetes to the Emergency room and the charge nurse asked her if he was a type A diabetic?
The mother was very much Incensed, explaining that the boy was an Insulin dependent type 1 diabetic.
I understand diabetes is such an evolving disease. We including our medical professionals especially those in the ER and urgent care need to keep up their knowledge or education levels don’t you think?
Now am sure a CDE or Even the attending physician would be, I would hope!! but am just suggesting that maybe they all should because they are a cog of the life saving machine.
As for my friend technically the nurse was not wrong but type 1A and type 1B diabetes are not terms commonly used outside academia, I personally only heard about them a few weeks before, so to expect a parent to know that was a bit overreaching in my opinion and thus the angry response.
For those of us in the diabetes blogsphere and if you read any of the many wonderful blogs in the DOC you will often see this disclaimer: Mine reads
I Am by no means a medical professional and my advice and words should not be taken as such. I am just a diabetic sharing my views and life on diabetes. You should seek the opinion of medical professionals before following any of my advice.
When I am writing, I write about my experiences with diabetes, however vast or limited those experience might be, it is up to the reader to judge.
I shouldn’t be confused with a medical professional.
Yet what does it say about my level of diabetes knowledge or theirs for that matter when I am the one playing the role of educator.