Happy Valentine’s Day, All! In preparation for this day that celebrates love, we thought we’d have some fun with a little quiz.
You may have seen our Valentine's questionnaire meme floating around social media in the last week that called on PWDs (people with diabetes) to ask your significant other (SO) some random diabetes-related questions, to assess how well they really know us. Essentially, it's a diabetes version of "The Dating Game." We encouraged PWDs to do this:
First off, our DiabetesMine team quizzed our own sweeties.
Here’s what Rachel Kerstetter’s husband, Brad, had to say:
What is something I say a lot about diabetes? I don’t know, but you talk all the time about it.
What is my preferred hypo treatment? Candy?
What diabetes misconception annoys me the most? That cinnamon can be an insulin alternative and cures diabetes... and people mispronouncing it Wilford Brimley-style.
What’s the one thing I wish people would stop saying to me about diabetes? Asking you about your blood sugar.
How do I like you (my SO) to get involved with my diabetes, if at all? You’re not really a fan of me being involved, but I make it a point to be involved because I care about you and I have a vested interest in your health.
What is my favorite bolus-worthy treat? Probably anything with chocolate.
Do I have a favorite diabetes celebrity? If so, who is it? Not that I’m aware of. Do you have one?
Bonus Question: When was the last time I changed my lancet? Way too long ago.
'Mine Editor Amy Tenderich queried her husband, Burghardt, and here are his answers:
What is something I say a lot about diabetes? “I’m high.”
What is my preferred hypo treatment? Raisins.
What diabetes misconception annoys me the most? That you cannot eat certain foods, like sugar.
What’s the one thing I wish people would stop saying to me about diabetes? Confusing it with being vegetarian.
How do I like you (my SO) to get involved with my diabetes, if at all? When we’re outdoors, hold your meter and protect it from the sunlight so you can read it.
What is my favorite bolus-worthy treat? Sweet whipped cream.
Do I have a favorite diabetes celebrity? If so, who is it? You don’t have one.
Bonus Question: When was the last time I changed my lancet? Which one’s the lancet again?
Mike Hoskins' wife, Suzi, also played the game. Here are her responses:
What is something I say a lot about diabetes? "Did I take my bolus?"
What is my preferred hypo treatment? Mini Sunny D.
What diabetes misconception annoys me the most? T1 is caused by eating sugar as a kid.
What’s the one thing I wish people would stop saying to me about diabetes? "You have the 'bad' kind..."
How do I like you (my SO) to get involved with my diabetes, if at all? A basal of support, with boluses as needed.
What is my favorite bolus-worthy treat? Bread pudding... with a good imperial stout beer.
- Do I have a favorite diabetes celebrity? If so, who is it? Victor Garber (simply, because my wife thinks he's the Greatest. Thing. Ever).
Bonus Question: When was the last time I changed my lancet? When the clocks changed (also when we changed the furnace filter and checked the fire alarm batteries).
DOC Partners Play Along
We were thrilled to see dozens from the D-community get in on this Valentine's fun. Here are just a few we'd like to highlight.
Obviously, YDMV (Your Diabetes May Vary) and your relationship may also vary, as is apparent with these answers.
Kate McMahon, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 21 years, tweeted her partner’s answers. Apparently she wasn’t confident in the lancet change estimate, however she did introduce us to a new diabetes celebrity, Ed Gamble -- a British comedian diagnosed with diabetes in his teens.
Amber Rose decided that she’d “found her person” after the answers she got. Check out the D-celeb shout-outs to a couple of familiar names.
The ever-funny Diabetic Dad clearly met his match in “Mrs. Dad,” who is sweet enough to cut shapes in Rock Tape for him.
Joseph Coyle reminded us that not everyone has a SO... Even though you don’t have that special someone to ask, we know there are people who care about you!
Have a little fun today and ask your own sweetheart to answer these simple questions. It might be a great opportunity for you both to reconnect and set expectations on the Diabetes Front in your relationship.
And of course, feel free to share their answers in the comments or by pinging us on Twitter with hashtag #DMineValentine!
All silliness aside, we love and appreciate those who are right there with us on our journey with diabetes -- our husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, siblings and friends. We love that you love us and we sure do appreciate you. Happy Valentine’s Day!