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Re: [IP] Ann Landers

If they're going to faint then ask them to turn their head.  It's very easy for a person to turn their head, it's not so easy doing testing etc. in a bathroom stall, just as many people have already written.  I think we are comparing apples to apples!!!  or should I say diabetics to diabetics?

Bonnie RICHARDSON wrote:

> You are comparing apples to oranges here - different is not where we were coming from, courtesy is......discretion is.  There are people who faint at the sight of needles or blood.  Be courteous, don't wave it in their noses, which is how I interpreted the original writer to Ann Landers. As I said, I have done all of those things at a restaurant table.  However, ...... "Making a production of it".....sounded like someone with a more involved problem.
> >>> <email @ redacted> 11/23 10:34 AM >>>
> Bonnie:
>    Sorry to disagree, but here's my response objecting to Ann Landers' column.
> All her view serves to do is reinforce society's inability to accept anyone
> who is "different". Following her logic, I guess it was "grossly insensitive"
> of me to go to the supermarket this summer with my pink Race for the Cure
> baseball cap covering my chemo-bald head instead of my glamorous wig......just
> so that the other shoppers wouldn't have to feel "uncomfortable". Here's what
> I wrote.......
>      " I was dismayed & disgusted by your 11/22 column in the Philadelpha
> Inquirer,regarding a diabetic relative.  As the mother of a 16 yr old diabetic
> daughter who has strived to make my child feel as "normal" as possible, I felt
> your response was akin to the Nazi regime mentality of "isolating" society's
> "misfits". Until you have accompanied a child to a dirty public restroom &
> balanced 2 glass insulin bottles on your lap while seated upon the toilet &
> attempting to draw up an accurate dosage of insulin in a dimly-lit stall, you
> are in no position to criticize someone who administers their insulin
> publicly.  The other diners always have the option of turning their head for a
> few seconds.  A person with diabetes has very few alternatives. Fortunately,
> my child now has an insulin pump which enables her to administer her life-
> saving insulin at meal times by merely pushing buttons, but for the other 90%
> of insulin dependent diabetics, short of avoiding public dining situations or
> "hiding" in the bathroom, there are no options. With diabetes rates soaring &
> our government expending BILLIONS of dollars to pay the costs of complications
> from uncontrolled diabetes, your thoughtless, insulting comments can only
> serve to make those who DO try to competently monitor their diabetes feel
> reviled. Would you also consider a handicapped person to be displaying "gross
> insensitivity & poor public manners" if they were eating in public & unable to
> control their spasmodic movements or salivary glands???? Should they be
> permanently confined to their own home? Just because a person with diabetes is
> physically ABLE to excuse himself from the table does NOT mean that he should
> be so obligated,so that others won't have to feel "uncomfortable"! Consider
> the ramifications if you will of this type of fallacious reasoning!!
> Renee
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