I like how little kids react to my diabetes. “What’s that?” they ask with blunt curiosity when I pull out my pump or check my blood sugar.

“I’m checking my blood sugar and taking my insulin,” I say simply.

They look at me for a second and then say “ok” as if they actually knew what insulin is. They then promptly absorb themselves in their peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a minute before asking, “Are you going to eat a brownie?”


About Nel

As a graduate education student, I've come to the conclusion that teaching requires an addiction to caffeine. My favorite caffeinated beverages are coffee, tea, and diet Coke. And when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2012, I also came to the conclusion that living requires insulin. I blog about my busy life juggling graduate education courses, a teaching assistantship in my University's English department, and my recent type 1 diabetes diagnosis the The Clumsy Juggler. I do not live in New York City.

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