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explaining what it's really like to live with Type 1

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by himtoo, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. prancer53

    prancer53 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I once had a manager who told me that he thought I was always thinking about something else----dead right I was because I was mind monitoring my condition.....!!!!!!
     
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  2. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I would say to a newly diagnosed T1 don't pay any attention to that video, It can be hard work but it's not as bad as that! 43 yrs T1 and i've never been that stressed!
     
  3. NoKindOfSusie

    NoKindOfSusie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I guess nobody's going to take me seriously but if you're not stressed you'renot paying attention.
     
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    eventhorizon Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think being stressed is going to help anyone concentrate.
    As for the video, obviously over exaggerated but we all have days a bit like that.
     
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  5. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think if i'de seen that video when I was diagnosed at 16 it would have frightened the life out of me, not really what a newly diagnosed T1 needs, like I said it's not as bad as that is it?
     
  6. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Expert
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    Nowhere near.. When BS is in normal parameters..! :)
     
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  7. Stevieyo_

    Stevieyo_ Type 1 · Newbie

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    I’ve never been one for posting in forums, more of a lurker who just browses through. But so many posts in this thread are so relatable! I’ve been T1 since around age 13 (29 now) and as with anything has had it’s highs and lows (pun intended). Growing up with a dad who was also T1 softened the blow slightly as it was already kind of normal, but him being a poor diabetic left me kind of flying solo. Being a massive worry I didn’t eat chocolate or sweets for the first 6 years or so, that’s certainly changed! One of the biggest annoyances for me is being asked to go to the toilets to inject in restaurants or other places, just makes me more adamant to do it where I like rather than in a dirty toilet! It’s scary how it’s just become the norm counting carbs, checking sugars, injections etc but it’s definitely made me value life more and make me more determined to not let anything beat me which I’m thankful for, weirdly! I feel like I’m rambling and could for ages so I think I’ll stop here...

    Stevie
     
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  8. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Stevieyo_ . Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you've got a grip on this diabetes stuff:).
    Please keep rambling as I'm sure your ramblings will be of great help to others.
     
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  9. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do people really get strange looks when they inject in public? I can't say i've ever had one and i've never been told to go into the lav to inject, perhaps i've just been lucky.
     
  10. NoKindOfSusie

    NoKindOfSusie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't do it in public if I can possibly avoid it, who would actually want people to see that?
     
  11. JoeT1

    JoeT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is ridiculous.
     
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  12. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  13. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Expert
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    Another insulin dependant? ;)

    Snap! I've not had greif neither. :cool:
     
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  14. Bertyboy

    Bertyboy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    On the other foot, who would actually be in the slightest bit bothered about seeing someone doing an insulin shot?
     
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  15. Neoncat

    Neoncat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    People generally don't notice, or if they do don't care. I sat next to the same guy at work for 5 years and I always injected at my desk. It came up once in conversation and he was surprised that I had been doing it! If you act like it's normal and no big deal people will follow your lead.
     
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  16. Bertyboy

    Bertyboy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was at a restaurant the other week with a big group of people. My being diagnosed came up and I was asked a barrage of questions, including if I have to use insulin. I told them what the regime was and one person asked "So, will you have to give yourself an injection for this meal?". I told him I already had about 10 minutes ago. They were all nattering and didn't notice.
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You'd be surprised. Last year I took the grandkids out for the day, my 6 yr old granddaughter bought her best friend along.
    Come meal/ picnic time, all the food was laid out and I started the BS test process. My granddaughter at this point told her friend that I was diabetic ( along with the fact I wouldn't be eating any cakes:):):)). Well her friend wanted to know everything and was asking my granddaughter question upon question. When she found out that I was going to inject insulin there and then she was fascinated. Ultimately she sat there with her nose maybe 6 inches from my stomach whilst I injected and WOW was her only comment.
    I hope that the event educated her about injections and maybe a little about diabetes.:)
     
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  18. Neoncat

    Neoncat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I always thought Diabetics and ninja's have more in common than people realise  ;)
     
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    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep we are ninjas. Curiosity and admiration is what I hope and do get overtly if doing anything diabetic in public. Someone did once get up and move seats on a train once (height of the AIDs panic) which netted me a double seat on a long train ride...If I am in a work situation or with friends that do not know about diabetes, then I say I hope you aren't squeamish because I need to test etc. I would really resent having to test/inject in a public loo or wait until I got home.
     
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  20. Bertyboy

    Bertyboy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Where does a diabetic Ninja put all their trust to defeat glucose?
    In Shaolin.
     
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