Re: [IP] Dear Abby
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- Subject: Re: [IP] Dear Abby
- From: Don Stevens <email @ redacted>
- Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 13:11:50 -0500
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It is nice to have something to blame for your actions. Most 'people'
do get grumpy and hard to get along with when they are ill!!!! NOT
because they are diabetic! I know several 'Non-Diabetic' as-hol-s
:) You can find a fight at just about any Bar,
Sorry, I'm a long way from beliving that we act the way we do, because
we are diabetic!!!
email @ redacted wrote:
>DIABETICS CLAIM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS DO AFFECT PERSONALITY
>DEAR ABBY: I was in shock when I read the letter from Dr. Barrett, the
>president-elect of the American Diabetes Association. He was commenting on the
> letter from "Wants a Life in Virginia," who said her husband's diabetes has
>irrational, irresponsible and even violent behavior. Writing to "set the
> record straight," Dr. Barrett denied that diabetes could be the cause. In no
>was the record set straight by his letter.The American Diabetes Association
> notes irritability and anxiousness in its list of symptoms, but doctors,
> and those who work in nursing facilities can tell you of combative behavior
>no reason and resisting treatment. To deny this truth is a disservice to those
>who need immediate attention.
>Dr. Barrett made it harder for us all who deal with this disease and its
> challenges -- and there are many. -- BARBARA L. GIFFEN, VERMONT CHAPTER
>DEAR BARBARA: I have a stack of testimonials 2 inches thick from people like
>yourself, also "in the trenches," vouching that blood sugar levels can and do
>affect a person's personality. Read on:
>DEAR ABBY: When my blood sugar gets very high (350-plus) I become verbally
>abusive and develop a hair-trigger temper. As soon as the insulin kicks in, I
> return to my normal self. Many of my friends who are also diabetic tell me
>react the same way. You and the good doctor should refrain from blanket
>statements. -- W.H.S., DANA, N.C.
>DEAR W.: I agree. I have also been told that when a person's blood sugar gets
>LOW, he or she can become short-tempered. That is one reason why being a food
>server sometimes requires the skills of a diplomat. Read on:
>DEAR ABBY: I have been an insulin-dependent diabetic for 34 years. To speak
> to Dr. Barrett's apparent agenda, no, I have never been in a brawl, never
>nuts" in public. But my wife can tell a few stories. The spouses, partners
>and relatives of diabetics are unsung heroes. I have awakened her in the night
>having seizures. I have come to my senses after consuming sufficient sugar to
>find my wife weeping and refusing to tell me what I said, so I know it wasn't
>gibberish I was ranting, but something that could easily be characterized (to
>quote Dr. Barrett) as "irresponsible, irrational, and even violent behavior."
>It may not be my fault, but it remains my responsibility.
>The agenda of the ADA, and most knowledgeable health-care professionals, is
>to emphasize to diabetics that they can be healthy, productive and happy (all
>true). What they no longer add to that list is "live a normal life." In an
> effort to overcome fears and misconceptions by the general public, the
>of any other situation is downplayed to the rest of the world.
>I hope you will acknowledge that regardless of the great challenges faced by
>diabetics, those who love them are also confronted by trials. -- ROBERT V.,
>DEAR ROBERT: Thank you very much for your honest letter. I contacted the
> American Diabetes Association after I received the avalanche of mail from
>who disagreed with Dr. Barrett. He still maintains that "based on the facts
>presented in the original letter, he would again state that diabetes is not an
>explanation for her husband's behavior."
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