Saying that Iâ€™m high is something I will do without even thinking about it until I see a startled reaction and have to explain. For a diabetic, being high has a whole different meaning than it does to the rest of the world and we often forget its other meaning! I have never been high on drugs but unfortunately having high blood sugar (BG) is something I deal with a lot. I also deal with being low, but if I accidentally say that in mixed company, I donâ€™t get quite the same reaction as saying that Iâ€™m high!
Being a T1 diabetic is all consuming and itâ€™s common for us to forget that the rest of the world often doesnâ€™t know anything about what our life looks like. For many people, they got Type 1 as a kid and donâ€™t remember what life was like not being diabetic. Since I was 27 at diagnosis, I remember very well what it was like to be â€œnormalâ€ before and sometimes I do miss it. Maybe one day, more of the public will be educated about the life of a T1 diabetic but in the mean time, if you overhear someone saying that they are high, remember that to some of us that means something completely different ?