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Re: [IP] no testing on public bus
Hi Insulin Pumpers,
I haven't written for awhile because I have been so incredibly busy; but
this email demands my response...
I don't imagine everyone will agree with me on this one. But I believe
there are certain times and certain things in life in which "policies" and
"rules" are absolutely irrelevant! Charisma, if your son has low bg, he
better eat! There is no consideration of policies or etiquette about it.
Almost 50 years ago Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in
Alabama. The policies on your son's bus are ludicrous and wrong. I cannot
stress enough to you how important it is for your son to learn not to be
ashamed of his disease toward other people, and to definitely assert himself
strong enough and well enough NOT to endanger his life on account of other
people's "comfort." I believe this lesson applies not only to buses, but to
classrooms, airplanes, work-places, restaurants, churches, and so on. In
our lives with Diabetes, where we are forced to unfairly struggle with
health each and every day, and our society does so little to help us
(namely- horrible health care system in America) manage, the VERY LEAST we
can do is manage our disease out in the open- in the streets, in public
restaurants and stores, and in OUR SCHOOLS! Diabetes is nothing to hide.
As those of us Diabetics who are adults now, I believe it is our
responsibility to educate people so as to make life a little easier for
those younger Diabetics who are just now beginning to deal with Diabetes.
Just as creating an environment of acceptance, love, and understanding
regarding prejudices of race, sex, sexual orientation, etc. requires
exposure and education, it is also required regarding Diabetes.
Eat on the bus. Prick in the classroom. Bolus at the lunch table.
my 2 cents [and then some :) ]
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