Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?
I admit when I saw today’s topic I couldn’t really think of too many chronic diseases. So, I went to the trusty old Wikipedia, which I know you should never use for research but it served it’s purpose of giving me some examples. According to Wikipedia there are quite a few to choose from:
- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Chronic respiratory diseases-asthma, COPD
- Sickle cell anemia
And many more…just reading this list reminds me how chronic diseases really suck. I loved the idea of switching diseases for the day because I thought any disease would have to be better than constantly counting carbs, sticking yourself with needles, and feeling guilty anytime you do something wrong. But I can’t think of one on that list that would be any better than my diabetes.
For today’s topic though I had to choose one, so I choose Alzheimer’s. My decision is a purely selfish one because I think this disease affects the family more than the person that has it. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s so I know a little about it. At first, she just forgot things here and there. Then she would start to forget her grandchildren (me included). Then she wasn’t allowed to drive. It was a slow disease and that started when I younger. By the time I reached my teen years, my grandmother smoked until one day she forgot that she was a smoker. She would have the best time flirting with my uncles whom she didn’t realize were married to her three daughters. She would get really mad at the nurses in her nursing home one minute and then the next minute she would be happy as pie.
I would want to switch with the Alzheimer’s at the later state where I wouldn’t remember much. It might sound unpleasant to pick that time in the disease but it would be cool for one day to forget things. Forget all the guilt I feel when I have a bad blood sugar day. Forget about the stress of living with a chronic disease every day of your life. Forget bad decisions you have made in your life. Forget the ending to Lost. And hey every guy I meet could be a potential new fling (sure my hubby reading this would appreciate that comment :-P). I already forget things like calling someone back or where I put my test kit so having Alzheimer’s would be a perfect excuse for forgetting something or losing something.
My great grandmother also had it so I assume it runs in the family and I’ll get it at some point-maybe it will help me forget I have diabetes 😛
To answer the other question, I don’t think the DOC has affected how I treat people with other diseases. I’ve always tried to be cognizant of what others are going through and I always want everyone to like me (I know not everyone will) so I always try to be kind and caring to others, with the exception of drivers in the DC area-grrr. The DOC’s purpose in my life has been more about connecting with others and knowing that I’m not alone even though I feel very alone sometimes.