Saturday, February 5, 2011

Withholding Information

I am usually pretty open with my Diabetes. I love to talk about it. I cannot think of any reason to hide the fact that I have type 1 diabetes.
So can someone please explain to me why I did not tell my skating coaches? I carry glucagon (and usually glucose tabs) in my skate bag, but if no one knows it's in there, it's not going to do much good.

I think it started with the emergency/injury waiver at The Other Rink, which asked about medical conditions. I am in the habit of checking "No" on these types of forms because getting it signed by my endocrinologist is a pain in the rear. My endo encourages me to exercise and my CDE is aware that I am skating 3-4 days a week, so I don't feel it is necessary to bother them with a silly piece of paper. 

However, this somehow turned into me not telling anyone at the rinks about my diabetes.

Please, before anyone begins to lecture me; I am totally aware of how insanely dangerous this is. 

I had a near emergency last week at the rink. I had to leave in the middle of the lesson to test and treat a severe low blood sugar which forced me to tell Coach M (who teaches my Saturday Adult Group lesson) about the D. 

This week I will make a point of telling Private Coach and Coach Mel at The Other Rink about my diabetes. Because I know that one piece of information could someday save my life. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey there! Great blog, though I'm sorry that we haven't stumbled across each other somewhere in the D-online universe before now! Anyhow, great to find another PWD and will look forward to reading up more when there's time. You make a good point, too, about withholding info - I'm always wearing D on my sleeve and haven't been much shy to talk about it openly in recent years, but sometimes it does just slip the mind. No reason why... those emergency situations certainly bring it home as to why we should share, though. Thank you for sharing.