Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oprah - Really? Easy & Painless - I think NOT!

Today Oprah let me down once again . . .
I  really do not watch her anymore.  I have a real love/hate relationship with her show.  I cannot stand how how full of herself she has become but then again she is OPRAH so she gets all of the good interviews!!  Sometimes you just have to tune in.  Well, the internet was all abuzz today about the diabetes episode and I promised myself I would not watch.  Well, I peeked for a few minutes and that is all it took -- I had to change the channel before my head completely exploded.  I'm pretty sure my head never did that before Nate's dx but it seems to be happening more and more frequently these days.

To set the record straight, my father, Bobby (not my other one, Jerry) has Type 2 diabetes and has for about 20 years.  (He's an entire other post for another day.) I do think that Oprah did T2 patients and future patients a great service by discussing the warning signs and the preventative measures that can be taken by T2 patients.  My dad was dx late - - - he could have died and is now completely insulin dependent.  Again, another post for another day.

I just wish the world was aware that there is an enormous difference between Type 1 and Type 2.  If anyone could spread the word on Type 1 it is Oprah.  I posted the following on her site:

houstonwehaveaproblem
Posted: Thu 2/4/2010 8:00 PM
 
houstonwehaveaproblem : I started crying just watching your show today. My son, Nate was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September of 2009 at the age of 14-months. The diagnosis was devastating to say the least. We have no family history of Type 1 so it was a complete shock. I wish that you would have told America today that there is an enormous difference between Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. My sweet baby boy did not develop Type 1 diabetes by consuming too many sweets or because he did not exercise enough. He is just a baby. We test his blood glucose level 10 - 12 times per day on his teeny tiny little fingers & for you to tell America today that this is a simple, painless test was completely heartbreaking for me to hear. It does hurt! It hurts quite a bit actually on my finger so I can only imagine that it hurts even worse on my son's tiny fingertips. Please, please do a show on Type 1 diabetes. As a parent of a child with type 1 the only comfort I find is from other mothers going through the same thing that I go through everyday. We have to weigh, measure, and count every carb before Nate can eat and then calculate how much insulin he will need to cover the amount he is about to eat. As a growing baby he suffers from some terrible highs and lows all in one day. He cannot exercise this disease away. Oprah, please help us teach America about Type 1. If anyone can do it -- you can. Type 1 moms, dads and kids all over the US are begging you!


Ok, so then I ran out of space because they only give you so many characters.  I did read through some of the other comments and there seem to be quite a few from other T1 moms, dads and patients so maybe she and Dr. Oz will get the message.

7 comments:

Hallie said...

I'm so writing a letter. I just can't right now. I've been run over my the D bus today and I have nothing left. But tomorrow is another day - and I WILL get my jumbled thoughts in order and post. :) Good job, Laura. I was planning on "begging" her to do the same!

Meri said...

Your comment was perfectly put and very touching.

phonelady said...

yes you did a wonderfull job and it was painfull and aggrivating to watch , I turned it off after ten minutes cause my head was going to explode as well .good job girl .

Shamae said...

Great comment Laura! You Rock!!!

Nicole said...

Great job :) and really heart felt.

MaddysMom said...

Great job! Super annoying, I can't take it anymore, you would think these people would be more responsible with the message they're sending but then again they have not a clue what we deal with everyday so its all about ratings for them.

Alexis-Nicole said...

I missed this episode and Im almost scared to watch it. Good for you on your letter!!

She has set up so much from what I am hearing, I am disgusted she didnt have better knowledge before her show.