Sometimes my own stupidity truly amazes me.
Over Thanksgiving I was talking with someone about diabetes and the other person, let's call them Pam, told me her doctor had asked her to check her blood sugar once a month just to watch out for high blood sugar. Pam is probably slightly at risk for Type 2 but has other health issues so I think the doc doesn't want diabetes sneaking in. I asked her when the doc asked her to check and she told me once a month.
Now, I don't know jack about Type 2 diabetes but something happened to me. I got really pissed off. I asked Pam if the doctor had told her to check first thing in the morning or 2 hours after eating? Nope - just anytime, once a month. I told her she should check at those times. She said the doctor said anytime works.
Here it comes.....
My absolute best moment of spreading diabetes education...
"You should listen to me about diabetes. (finger pointing repeatedly to my chest) A lot of doctors don't know much about diabetes."
I. AM. A. MORON.
What I meant to say was:
"That's really great your doctor is watching out for diabetes! You might get more information from a fasting reading or maybe two hours after you eat. Readings from those times could give you an earlier indication that something is going on. Maybe you could ask your doctor about that. And if you do see some high numbers be sure to ask for an A1C test and see an endocrinologist. They would be more experienced with diabetes. Diabetes is nothing to mess around with."
That's what I meant to say.
(and have since)