Something odd happened on Friday night when I was out for Korean BBQ with around 15 people, some of whom I knew and some of whom I was meeting for the first time. Before the food arrived I excused myself to the rest room, tested my blood sugar and pumped off before returning to the table. One thing I have never done is felt the need to hide my diabetes; I wouldn't help out Triabetes or blog if that was the case. Rather dating new people, working in a new place and meeting new people has caused me to explain how I compete in triathlon, how I developed type 1 at 27, describe the difference between type 1 and type 2 and explain that juvenile diabetes is the same as type 1 and that it doesn't go away just because you grow up so many times over the past month and 1/2 I just couldn't do it one more time.
Explanation fatigue; I'm sure this is a universal trend for anyone who deals with something that is a bit different than the person sitting next to you. There comes a point where you just don't feel like talking about "it," whatever "it," may be anymore. As understandable as it is that I wanted a night where I didn't have to have "the conversation," my decision to test and bolus away from the table really surprised me. I guess sometimes everyone just needs a vacation from the things they are forced to focus on daily.