Checking out of the grocery store today the cashier commented on the 6 packages of juice boxes I had, asking if they were for a school party. I don’t normally volunteer Diabetes information – wait yes I do. Anyway I replied that I had two kids with Type 1 Diabetes and juice is medicine in my house. The young man bagging my groceries asked me when my kids were diagnosed. I shared their ages and he shared he was diagnosed when he was 13 months old. Wow that’s young. I noticed he wasn’t wearing any emergency alert identification and pointed it out. He said his always broke so his mom stopped buying them. That made me sad. Then I asked if he was pumping. He said “No I do the daily shots, my Endo says my diabetes isn’t bad enough for a pump.” HUH WTH? An endo said this? A person with Type 1 believed this to be true – that the pump = the bad diabetes? Up till this encounter earlier today I thought only non-diabetes educated people viewed the pump as a last resort for the bad diabetes. If we can’t educate PWD properly how can we hope to educate those with no connection to diabetes properly.
I didn’t (or hope I didn’t) let on that his words stung. I just told him that both my kids use insulin pumps because it makes managing diabetes easier for all of us but that many PWD prefer MDI. I told him that I believe it is about personal choice rather than good/bad diabetes management.
I was just surprised to hear that an endocrinologist would tell a patient that an insulin pump is prescribed to patients with poor control or the “bad” diabetes and also that a person with diabetes would believe it.