A couple days ago I was talking about how disappointed I was that I met my first real life pumper and she was very condescending and acted like I was stupid for being interested when I’m “only” a T2.
I tried to relate this story to a T1 that I know and was amazed at the response. Since this was a fellow diabetic, I was expecting to hear something along the lines of disbelief... instead this person actually responded with a statement about how crazy it is when a T2 tries to compare themselves with a T1.
I believe the line was "its not like they have REAL diabetes!".
I hesitated, trying to put an actual sentence together in my head, and finally said that I was a T2, does that make me not a REAL diabetic? Like counting carbs and trying to exercise, and watching what I eat, and taking meds... that's not REAL? And she said, well, you're not REALLY a T2, you take insulin. I doubt that there are very many T2's who take more than MAYBE Lantus.
Well, that's probably true. And I have no good answer for that. I agree that its odd that I have to do MDI's to have controlled diabetes. My doc initially put me on insulin because I really should have gone to the hospital. I'm sure I was probably supposed to come off of it sometime. And I think that's why my doc put me on the Metformin and Januvia too, to try and help me get off the insulin, or at least the Novolog.
But I guess it seems like the insulin is kinda doing the trick... the pills both help my own body's insulin actually do its thing, and that probably keeps the insulin amounts I inject down a little bit. Which really is odd, thinking about it. If my body IS creating insulin (c-pep test confirmed it), then why aren't the pills alone doing the trick? I'm sure if I came off the insulin I'd skyrocket, even if I ate completely correctly. Is it because I'm overweight? I don't know!
But I digress... I've gone way off topic. I was completely shocked at the response I got about T2's not being REAL diabetics! Maybe as a T2 I'm not as much a part of the community as I thought. I mean, I don't see very many T2 bloggers out there. Its like its not a REAL disease, so why bother blogging about it?
So I will just press on, and blog to my little hearts desire. One day, a newly diagnosed T2 who gets shoved on insulin might need to read something, even if its just to know there is someone else out there.
But that's why sometimes I feel like a Type 1 Wanna-Be. Its like, if I'm going to be stuck with this disease and having to take MDI's, then I'd like it to be for a darn good reason. I want to be able to know that I take insulin shots for a reason, and not just because my doc put me on it because she didn't know any better.