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[IP] Ann Landers, what were you thinking?

Renee-- great response.  Here was mine:

Dear Ann,

I was outraged by your response to the needle-phobic writer on 11/22.  The
only "gross insensitivity" being exhibited is by the people who remain
ignorant of the daily trials which diabetics must face.  Diabetes is a
tragic disease which is largely ignored even by those that have it,
because its worst effects do not manifest themselves for years after
diagnosis.  When a diabetic is testing their blood sugar and giving a
shot, they should be encouraged or at the very least, respected-- not
discouraged and shamed into hiding their illness by taking sterile
injections in a dirty bathroom.  Mrs. Anonymous only had to endure
watching her relative take a single shot (and certainly was not being
forced to watch the process).  The first time a diabetic sees the needle
begins a lifelong process of daily injections, careful meal and exercise
planning, constant blood sugar testing -- and still falling prey to the
thirst and lethargy of high blood sugars, and to the shaking and faintness
of low blood sugars.  For people who cannot understand how the injections
become a part of daily life, and think that diabetics like to "make a
production" of their stringent schedule, they should just look away, or
better yet, leave the table themselves.

-- Miranda


Miranda Miller
University of Michigan

It is now pitch dark.  If you proceed, you will likely be eaten by a grue.

Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/