Your Disability is Hilarious
Everyone gets really excited when someone brings sweets to work. The office is a buzz for about 10 minutes while the word spreads.
If you are at my place of employment then you also hear this shouted across several desks: “I brought donuts … SORRY, ANGELA. Ha ha ha.”
What the mother effin what?
“I’m buying everyone new shoes! SORRY, JOE WITH NO FEET. Ha ha ha.”
“Let’s all walk to the corner for lunch. SORRY, KIM IN A WHEELCHAIR. Ha ha ha.”
“Everyone gets tomorrow off for Family Day. SORRY, BLAKE THAT LOST ALL HIS FAMILY IN A HOUSE FIRE SO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE MOST ARE DEAD. Ha ha ha.”
I don’t get it. I never have. The lack of understanding and insight into Type 1 diabetes is so vast. However, does that mean someone should make a joke of it? To the face of the person with the disease?
I know nothing of epilepsy. Nothing. But I’m not a d*ck wad. I would never say to an epileptic, “We are gonna rage with our strobe lights tonight. SORRY, HANNAH WITH EPILEPSY. Ha ha ha.” People would stop what they are doing and take it to the mattresses for poor Hannah. As they should.
But Type 1s, we kinda just have to take it. People think it is funny that food, or the lack thereof, may kill us.
Also, IT IS NOT OKAY TO SAY THINGS LIKE THAT TO A TYPE 2, A PRE-DIABETIC, OR A GESTATIONAL DIABETIC. It’s just not cool.
Read 7 Times TV and Movies Got Diabetes Wrong by Thor Jensen.