All across the blogosphere today, Type 1 diabetics are raising our voices about life with this chronic disease. Some rant, some explain, some answer questions, some post pictures, and some invite us to become fellow ninja – but we all inform and in the process make life as a Type 1 diabetic a little easier.
I wore my Raise Your Voice shirt this weekend at my JDRF walk, and I wasn’t really sure how I was going to ‘raise my voice’ today. Well, sometimes strangers really just make it easy on you.
I stopped by CVS after work because I needed to buy some body soap and deodorant. (do you know how hard it is to find a NON moisturizing soap these days?! Any added moisture in this humidity and the pump sites don’t stick!)
While I was there I decided to pick up some trash bags too. So I was perusing the aisles. I overheard a conversation between two employees. Were they talking about what I though they were talking about? I actually found the trash bags but continued to walk the aisle to listen to their conversation.
Stupid CVS employee #1: You know [describes patient] that comes in here for [insert diabetes medication].
Stupid CVS employee #2: Yeah, he always browses that section? (I couldn’t really see where they were pointing)
#1: That’s him. Well he always buys those sugary drinks when he is in here getting his medication. I don’t get it, it’s like what does he expect?
#1: I mean, he’d lost a bunch of weight lately. But really….
WAIT FOR IT… THIS IS MY FAVORITE PART…
#1: HE’S STILL KINDA CHUBBY FOR THAT DISEASE!!!
Deciding to RAISE MY VOICE, I walked to the end of my aisle, into their aisle looked #1 straight in the eye and said “I’ve got that disease too, I’m not chubby, and I really don’t appreciate your comments.”
Probably not the best reaction, but it was about all I could come up with in the moment and it is a start. Maybe those employees will think before they speak in the future and not make gross generalizations about their customers (or ex-customers as I will not be shopping there again).
I think what also makes me mad is that I was in a lower income area, where people are told they have ‘a touch of the sugars’ and not given any quality education about what to do next. The staff at the local pharmacy are about the only people who many diabetics in the area will see regularly, and if this is the service they will receive, what does that say?!
Oh, and I am also raising my voice on Twitter but I basically have no idea what I am doing!!