|Yes, we look exactly like this!!|
“Getting ready for snow- ugh. Remember, cancelations will not be accepted, just walk to the studio! I'll be there with hot cocoa and dancing!”Because I can never pass up a chance to be a wise-ass, I left the following reply:
“If you make me drink hot cocoa, we're going to have to do Swing for the entire 45 minutes or my blood sugar will skyrocket!! ;)”She joked back, we had a few laughs and decided she’d make me some coffee instead, and then some other students started leaving smart-aleck comments for her as well. And that’s when I began to have second thoughts about my comment.
It’s fine to joke about the hot chocolate with Juliet, because after years of lessons with me she understands a lot about diabetes. She’s one of those great people who is sincerely interested, asks intelligent questions and listens to my answers and explanations. She never judges, and heck, she even has her friends bring me things from Germany to treat lows!
But what about the other people who read her Facebook page. Looking at my comment they will probably think that I can’t have hot chocolate because I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. And while it’s true I usually pass it up because I don’t find hot cocoa as bolus-worthy as a block of actual chocolate, the fact is if I wanted the hot chocolate I could certainly count the carbs and dose for it. You know that . . . . I know that . . . . BUT most of the people reading her Facebook page don’t.
Was it wrong of me to make a joke like that? We grumble a lot about the Diabetes Police, but did I just give them more ammunition? Have you ever made comments in jest that you later regretted because they perpetuate the myths we are fighting so hard to banish?