Wednesday, August 10, 2005

oh sugar

My mom and I were just talking, and our conversation reminded me of how whenever I get really thirsty and find myself drinking a lot, my first thought is: "oh no, I hope I don't have diabetes!" Now, I guess that's a symptom of the disease & all, but I wouldn't have that immediate fear if it weren't for years & years of reading The Babysitters Club series. Thanks to Ann M. Martin, now whenever I get up in the middle of the night for a drink of water, I immediately speculate as to whether I'm developing symptoms and will have to start giving myself insulin shots. Haha! Don't worry, I don't spend too much time on it, but I find it funny that my mind was conditioned in that way. Ms. Martin was only trying to help make people more aware of diabetes, and believe me, I probably understood the disease a lot better than most 8-year-olds! But in doing so, she also managed to make me paranoid about ever being really thirsty (since getting up for several glasses of water one night was one of the symptoms that put Stacey McGill in the hospital, where they realized she had diabetes, for all you non-BSC-fans out there).

I know. My mind is so weird. Sometimes I, too, wonder what is going on up there.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

hey! i totally meant to tell you to feel free to post comments to my entries, if you want.. im catching up on your posts (ive slacked off) .. and i totally get nervous that i could be a diabetes-risk, partly because my dad has Type II (the adult onset diabetes brought on by overeating or poor diet. his problem is overeating).. and i also think about that when i find myself drinking a copious amount of water or copiously peeing. (im always asking for a glass of water way more than any of my other friends.. maybe im just more health-conscious tho.. i hope?) ..i never related it to the BSC (really good observation!) but i remember reading those books back then & thinking how awful diabetes is & how i should really try not to be so addicted to chocolate!

and hey, and if you haven't already, don't watch Super Size Me, it will trigger any diabetes fear .. as it is quite an epidemic brought to you by McDonalds & the like..

man i just wrote you an essay, hope you don't mind!