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.