Thursday, May 22, 2008
First Eye Exam.....
I took J.J. to the eye doc yesterday. Thought I would get a good record started for him. His eyes are very healthy....normal 5 year old eyes!!:-) Of course over time his eyes can degenerate quickly. So good control of diabetes is a must.
This particular doc has a machine that takes really good eye images....unfortunately they couldn't get a really good image because J.J.'s eyes are too small for this particular machine. He was able to see the retina, however, so at least we do have a record for that.
What was interesting to me was a question the doc asked. First, he asked me if diabetes ran in my family. I replied that it didn't. Then he asks:
"So how did he get it, then?"
My mind went wild with sarcastic comments. I realize the question came from ignorance. Most people really don't know that diabetes is an auto-immune disease. It's the body turning against itself and killing off the cells that produce insulin. J.J. didn't do anything to "get it", we didn't do anything to cause him to "get it". It isn't a communicable disease....he didn't "catch it". The realty is "it" just came.
These types of situations cause me to make a decision. Do I explain to this person the facts about diabetes, or just let it go? Is it worth my breath? Does the person really want to know? I liken it to homeschooling. I've dealt with misconceptions about homeschooling for 15 years. Most of the time I let it go. Don't say a word. There are times, however, that I do feel compelled to correct people because they are so off based, but most of the time I let it go. I guess I'll do that with diabetes. People have their perceptions, and I'm not sure I can change those in a short conversation. However, if I feel compelled, I'll correct......I'll just have to pick my battles.
As a fun side note......our chickies arrived this week!!:) Check out more pic's here!!
Posted by Lynnea at 11:20 AM