Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DBlog Week: KISS

Tuesday - Keep it to Yourself

Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself?


When people used to ask me questions like, "Is Elise's diabetes under control?", I used to launch into long, descriptive diatribes using lots of examples why that is the dumbest question in the history of ever.

Then I noticed people stopped taking to me.

Okay, it wasn't as extreme as that, but I did observe the glazing over of eyes when I tried to explain why diabetes can be such a pain in the ass... sometimes literally.

These days I use the KISS principal... Keep It Simple, Stupid.  While I appreciate them taking the time to ask, they won't get it.  

They can't.  

Even if I were to use lots of diagrams, flow charts and maybe a live reenactment, unless you live it... you don't get it.

So I usually respond with, "It's as under control as type 1 can be", and leave it at that.

I save my special brand of crazy for people who tell me they can cure my daughter with a cinnamon and okra smoothie.


  1. Yup- me too. My go to phrases are, "She's doing well but it's not easy" and "Every day is different."

  2. Oh, the book I could write about this as well as he doesn't know when he is low! KISS here too! xoxo

  3. I've never heard of the KISS principle-that's smart!

  4. That's exactly how I feel. they just can't get it even if they tried so we'd be better off not wasting our time with long explanations.

    though I do hate the question from friends I haven't seen in years sayin, "So it's under control now right?"

  5. "Every day is different, toodleytootoot" is what I say a lot too. I hate it when people think I have this under control. I hate it EVEN MORE when they think I DON'T gots it.

  6. My favorite...which just happened yesterday, "Why did his sugar fluctuate so much? (When I described his 332 nose-diving into the 40s over 3 hours). Isn't he on a pump?" Yes, but the pump doesn't think and Diabetes is stupid!


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