I have been fortunate enough to live abroad for almost 20 years now. The first place I lived during this time offered many unique cultural experiences, including a language barrier. English was not as commonly used as it is here in Dubai, so I got to learn another language. It also made me realize that communication is more than just words, and often words are just well, words.
It is not always easy to get your point across in a language that is not your own - especially in the beginning. It is incredibly challenging and frustrating at times. Diabetes is no different.
Diabetes is like a language, and not everyone speaks it. If there are small phrases used, or questions asked, I am not too bothered. Those people do not speak the language and are completely foreign to the life we live.
I think the general public that does not understand, or has not lived with diabetes or <insert disease> will probably not get it until they have been there. And while sometimes it requires a deep breath, for the most part I remember there are nuances within a language. This is not to disregard the power of words. I just think that once you realize the power of words or phrases in a a language, you reach a new level of fluency.
My diabetic language threshold is crossed when those who do not speak diabetic try to write verbal essays to me. Things like challenging me because they believe I am afraid of homeopathy, and they can cure my son with meditation, or they ask me if my Type 2 cat got diabetes from my son. (Yes, someone did). It is those imposing opinions and poorly written arguments with no backing that are sometimes the challenging ones.
In these cases I am okay to demystify the myth. I still try to remain calm and kind. Sometimes I am very direct about the consequences of diabetes, but I still try to use a kind tone. I have found this very effective in many cases. Or at least I felt good about it.
Perhaps to those essay writers, my responses are still just words. This is why I believe that no matter how much you educate, or change terms or rename the disease, there will still be a larger population that cannot speak the language. They do not want to learn it, nor do they need to.
|A beautiful Japanese menu, which I unfortunately cannot read!|