There's been a LOT of hype this week thanks to Starbucks releasing a limited edition "Unicorn Frappuccino", and I will admit, I considered trying it for about 2.3 seconds yesterday until I realized it probably tasted like drinking mango flavored cake batter and that just isn't something that appeals to me. I have had fun seeing all the pics my friends have posted about it though. It's really fun and brightened up my day.
At the same time, there's ALWAYS those few that have to remind you that they would never drink such an atrocity because "insert patronizing judgmental reason here", but as with most things on the internets these days, the ones that drive me the most insane are the IDIOTIC and IGNORANT "this will give you diabeetus" blogs, posts, comments, etc.
Oh. My. GOSH.
SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY.
First off, if you are someone who is claiming that a sugared drink is diabetes in a cup, you obviously have zero knowledge of what diabetes actually is. Know how I know that? Because I have been up since 3 a.m. this morning with my actual diabetic daughter, and I would never ever ever ever ever ever say that.
I know better because I live it.
Do you know how hurtful and completely ignorant it is to say things like this? I bet you don't. Actually, I know you don't. Who made you the diabetes know it all? Please. By all means, enlighten me. I'd love to know where you got your endocrinology degree.
Actual diabetes is watching your 8 year old daughter, who weighs all of 43 pounds, get held down by 5 people so they can find a vein big enough to put her IV in to save her life.
Actual diabetes is not having slept through a night without checking numbers for almost 4 years straight.
It's waking up in the middle of the night to your child covered in sweat and urine because she had a seizure in her sleep and lost control of bodily functions.
Diabetes is constantly facing your mortality at 8...9...10...years of age.
It's being unable to allow your child eat their after school snack yet because they are already too high from hormones, illness, anxiety, a bad pump site, etc.
It's being up since 3 a.m. with your almost 12 year old because her insulin pump had an occlusion, stopped giving her her life saving medication (insulin), and her body started shutting down in a matter of 2-4 hours. It's having to get up, when you're exhausted, to do a site change to try and correct the issue, and having to do two sites back to back because the first one hurt so bad she cried. It's listening to your 11 year old daughter tell you that she couldn't sleep because she just kept thinking about dying. It's sitting on the couch with her, waiting for her numbers to come down after copious amounts of insulin have been given, and having to force her to take sips of water to flush the ketones that happened because her body was not getting enough insulin for too long.
And those ketones...know the worst part about them? They make you nauseated, they make your body hurt all over, and the only way to get rid of them is to flush them with insulin and fluids. Who wants to drink water when you feel like you will throw up? I know I don't. But, it's either drink the water, or go to the ER for an IV; those are the options.
So, you see, the jokes about diabetes being caused by too much sugar just don't sit well with us parents who actually have to take care of our children who struggle to LIVE with diabetes. We don't think they are funny and it's not because we have a stick up our ass, as I've personally been told by multiple know it alls on the internet. I actually have a hella funny sense of humor. I laugh at a LOT of things, but this isn't funny. It's a slap in the face for every hour of sleep we have lost worrying about the health and safety of our children.
I think I speak for all parents of diabetic children, and those adults/teens reading this who have type 1 diabetes, when I say, kindly go fuck yourself.
Maybe I will go try one of these after all. I need some magic in my life.