Thursday, August 03, 2006

Blame Game?

Introductions at a party:

Friend: "This is X, she's a diabetes educator"
"This is Jane, she has diabetes"

Diabetes Educator: "Type I, I hope"

Me: "???????"

Type I, I hope! What the heck does that mean? Did she mean a lifetime of insulin shots is preferable to pills? Or does she think that Type II diabetes is just a result of poor lifestyle choices?
Of course what I should have replied was "Diabetes educator? Medical doctor, I hope". But I'm not that obnoxious.


Kerri. said...

Are you serious? I can't believe someone made that comment.

... actually, I can believe it. People let loose with a lot of nonsense sometimes. :)

julia said...

Wow, what an ignorant thing for her to say! I don't think I would have been able to keep my mouth shut over that one.

Caro said...


Mind you it does make a change for someone not to make the assumption that everyone they meet has type 2. You know that whole "Are you on tablets for that?" question!

But what a dumbass thing for her to say.

Scott K. Johnson said...

How weird!

I would have done the same thing as you - "???" (strange, puzzled look on my face).

Allison said...

That is a bizarre thing to say, but maybe what she was intending to say was that you seemed too young to have Type 2 diabetes...

I don't know. That's pretty messed up to ever say "I hope" you have a particular disease. I mean, honestly, where are people's manners?

But the only thing I can think of was that she just thought you looked too young to have Type 2... which could be taken as a good thing... I guess...

Jane said...

Or she could have meant that I'm too fat to have Type I.
OOps, I don't think I want to go there.
There are no good interpretations of her comment and I really was too flabbergasted to ask.