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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Know-It-All Waitress

Yesterday, I wanted to wear blue in honor of World Diabetes Day. So I donned my navy Jack’s Pack t-shirt with a light blue, long-sleeved t-shirt underneath. 
Gregg and I went out to lunch, and our waitress asked, “What does your shirt say?”

“Jack’s Pack — that’s our team name for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. I’m wearing this shirt, because today is World Diabetes Day.”

“It is? My nephew has diabetes,” she said.

“Type 1?” I asked.

“Is that the bad kind?” she replied.

“I remember now. Yes, that’s the bad kind. That’s what my nephew has,” she said, answering her own question.

The bad kind! The classic comments keep coming! First Wilford, then the lizard spit lady and now the know-it-all waitress.

Is there is a good kind of diabetes?!

“Our eight-year-old son has type 1 diabetes,” I said.

“Is he on the pump? My nephew, he’s eight, too, and he’s on the pump,” she said.

“Not yet,” Gregg replied.

“Oh, you should get him on the pump,” she advised, as if she knew what she was talking about.

“It’s an insurance thing,” I said.

“Same thing for my brother and sister-in-law,” she said. “They both work for FedEx, and they had to have their insurance person ask and ask and ask, and finally they got the pump. That’s what you have to do. You have to keep asking, and then you can get it.”

Yep, she was an insurance expert, too.

Gregg and I couldn’t help but chuckle and talk about her as soon as we left the restaurant. She meant well, she was nice, and we both appreciated that she took an interest in my shirt. But, it’s funny how people think they know what they’re talking about and freely give advice, when, really, they’re just talking out of their elbows.


Leighann said...

Rolls eyes.

But the good news is that someone noticed your shirt!

Laura @ Houston We Have A Problem! said...

Oh sweetie ---- you are too nice. She was talking out of her ass not her elbow. You should have told her about the lizard spit cure!

You handle these things so much better than I do. :)

NikDuck said...

LOL about Laura's comment! I hate running into know it alls like her! You look great in your shirt. :-)

Jules said...

oh gosh. im not sure what reaction i would rather - this last month i had a lady tell me i gave my son diabetes because i had gestational diabetes (nope i didnt even) lol, and the other incident was at dinner i told a bunch of school mums that i was a full time pancreas for my type 1 son. TALK.ABOUT.A.CONVERSATION.KILLER!!!
silence was deafening.

Beta Bandit said...

I think my favorite is:

"Oh... you're type 1? My grandpa had that and they cut off his leg!" Wtf!

I don't think people realize how casual they are about talking about other people's diseases. There seems to be no tact what-so-ever...

Wendy said...

Thank goodness you may never see her again......but her nephew, on the other hand. DEAR LORD, I hope she gets her act together!

That's right, Heidi. Just ask. That's all you have to do. Like an incessant toddler. I'm sure that's all you have to do.


Sarah said...

damn talking elbows...sometimes I wanna use mine to help theirs be a little more quiet!

Holly said...

hahaha! I think I just spewed reading your comments. I'm sorry, I know people are stupid. : ( I get it too, and crazy girl-why didn't you think of ASKing for a pump?

You ARE super cute in your shirt! She just got jealous, and her brain fell out of her head. ; )
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving (and be thankful that you won't see her on Thursday?) ; ) Love you!

Kristin said...

But you should get one of those pumps - they measure blood sugar, give insulin for you, and everything! (I love it when medical professionals say this.) you just have to ask! ;)