Friday, December 16, 2011

If We Dealt With Our Diabetes The Way Congress Deals With One Another... We'd Be Dead

The following post is not about being on the Left or the Right, nor is about being Blue or Red. It's about acting like grownups and being responsible.

In the 12th hour and for the third time this year, Congress has avoided shutting down the government.... This time.
And quite frankly, as a citizen who votes and pays taxes, I'm pissed that shutting down our government was even an option.
And as a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, all I could think of when I heard the following news was: If people with diabetes dealt with their diabetes the way that Congress deals with one another, we'd be dead. Seriously, think about it for a second.
As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, I don't have the luxury of of walking out the door with my panties all in a bunch because Diabetes and I can't figure a way to work things out.
I WISH IT WERE THAT EASY. But like it or not, diabetes and I ALWAYS have to work TOGETHER, 24 X7, 365 days a year, with no time off for good behavior or hissy fits.
Neither diabetes or I can huddle to the left or cower to the right, we have to meet square in the middle and figure out what works best for me, a.k.a, a Citizen of the United States of Kelly. Sometimes it takes days for us to figure it all out, but eventually we ALWAYS do because we must.
Our goal as people living with diabetes is to make our diabetes work for us and with us, not against us.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what Congress is supposed to do as well?


Moira said...

ummmmm . . . brilliant!

Tim Brand said...

Great point! Glad I'm on your side.

Rachel said...


What pisses me off, most, because it directly affects my that we prepared all week for a site visit coming Mon/Tues next week for the federal grant I am working on. If they had shut down, the federal staff wouldn't have shown up! After all that work to prepare...

(To show how busy I've been, I didn't know that they avoided the shut down until I read this post.)

Scott S said...

I agree wholeheartedly. Well said K2!

Anonymous said...

Completely agreed, K2! This is so incredibly ridiculous, moreso each time they get to this same point and then do EXACTLY the same thing. If I operated my household budget this way, I'd be broke and wouldn't be able to finance anything. And yes... as a diabetic, I'd be dead if operating that way. Somehow, though, we manage to keep electing the same idiots into office and nothing changes...