Okay, so the reasoning for asking everyone's thoughts on the phrase brittle diabetes, has to do with someone I went to college with. She is my age, T1, and has been since she was 17 years old. She, however, unlike me, does not take care of herself. She is on the same insulin regimen as I was before I went on the pump (Lantus at night, and Novolog/Humalog for boluses during the day for every meal). She hardly ever takes any insulin, maybe one shot a day. She doesn't take care of herself at all. She never checks her blood sugar and she is constantly drinking regular soda and never bolusing for it. Since I met her she has lost like forty pounds, been in the hospital many times, and is ALWAYS sick. I have tried many times to convince her that she is killing herself. The damage she is doing is irreversible. I have so much as checked her blood sugar and measured her shots for her when she is too sick to do it herself. Then I graduated college and moved away and now I don't know who is taking care of her.
Now that I gave the background, on to the reason for starting the discussion on "brittle diabetes." So, I am hardly ever giving people reasons to even worry about me and my T1 diabetes. I never miss a shot, I check my bg 8-10 times a day, I am now on the pump, and I want to continue to be healthy, therefore, I do not suffer from many of the complications that my college friend is. When I try to explain to mutual friends that she is causing her self to be so sick they say, "Her diabetes is not like yours, she is a 'brittle diabetic'." I am like WTF, we have the same type, she is no worse off than I am, and how dare you say I am no where near as bad as a diabetic as she is. You want to know the difference, I CARE ABOUT MYSELF. I feel sorry for my friend and I have tried and tried to help her, but she is 23 and should be helping herself. I am not judging her by any means and I know every one can go through a denial period, but I don't know what else as a friend I could do and I am so tired of people telling me my diabetes isn't bad because I don't have the problems she does.
Give me a break! I am sorry to rant like this, but I know you guys are the ones who will understand.