Thursday, February 22, 2007


So the lady and I went out for desserts with her friends last night. At one of the bakeries, for some pies and coffee. I was craving the apple pie, while Kris was eyeing something chocolate-y.
Moments after we sit down, our waitress comes to take our order. And then I hear:
"Hey, aren't you my endocrinologist?"
Turns out she was my 21 year old with type 1 diabetes. The one I just saw again last week. The one I was busting her chops on, for not watching her insulin, her food intake (her hemoglobin A1c was drifting up; she had been snacking more without taking the compensatory insulin shots), and for alcohol binging (especially bad for DM1).
If there ever was a moment I felt like a hypocrite, that was it. I wanted to just disappear. I was tempted to order salad instead. But no, I stuck to my guns, and went for the Country Apple Pie instead. And told her to pretend she never saw me.
I'll have to cut her some slack when she comes in to see me again in 3 months. Hopefully her numbers would look better.


Blogger YeePei said...

Come on, if the apple pie at the bakery looked as good as the one in your picture, she can't fault you for wanting some... :P

10:35 AM  
Blogger 4nOcean said...

i had a similar awakening when i was sitting by lake harriet 5 years ago "socially smoking" with a friend. we ran into another friend i hadn't seen in a while, and i explained to him i was starting nursing school. "oh, so you'll be like every other hypocritical health care professional" - as he stared at my cigarette. never smoked again!

2:01 PM  
Blogger dobbs said...

Nothing to feel bad about -- after all you don't have diabetes do you? :)

6:26 PM  
Blogger PaulOS said...

Yeah mate.. you don't have Diabetes.. i am sure u just want to emphatise with them and get diabetes right? *wink wink*

hahhaha.. u know what's best for you what.. and u r just rubbing it in to her.. right? evil evil evil..

see ya soon

9:45 PM  
Anonymous NIPHS said...

well, if you don't ever want an encounter like that again you got 2 choices - become a forensic pathologist or work in an STD clinic (it's rare to have someone come up to you and say,"hey aren't you the guy who treats my genital warts?")

9:15 AM  

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