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This morning, Eric, my Mom and I went to the local travel agent's office to book the cruise part of our 2012 family vacation.  Being cruise virgins and persnickety people in general, we had a huge list of questions.  As we were spooling through the list, it dawned on me that I should ask about the availability of nutrition information for the food served on the cruise.  Not that I can't guess, I'm pretty comfortable with SWAGing if I have to, but I figure if it's available, all's the better.  Now, we had a whole slew of other things to discuss, so the answer I was seeking was something along the lines of either Yes, No, or I'll have to get back to you.  That's it.  I didn't want to have a big massive discussion.  This wasn't Fiona's Diabetes Goes On A Cruise.  So, naturally, my question derailed the whole fuckin' thing.  RAR.  The travel agent, who was generally a very lovely person, looked over the rims of her glasses at me and the following conversation ensued:

Travel Agent:  "Do you have a particular need or allergy?  Cruise lines are very accommodating."
Fiona:  "No, nothing like that, I'd just like to know if nutrition information is available.  My dad and I are diabetic and that's how we determine we insulin dosages.  We can, will, and do guess if the information isn't available but it's easier if it is, that's all."
Travel Agent:  "Oh, you don't do finger sticks?"
Fiona (trying very very hard not roll my eyes or give outward indication as to how close I was to losing my patience):  "I do those too, but that's just one part of my management routine.  Lots of numbers and whatnot go into my management."
Travel Agent:  "Well, I am diabetic too and the cruise lines do typically have sugar free desserts, which is where I imagine most of your concern would lie."
Fiona (waving my hands but maintaining a perky friendly tone-I swear):  "No, no, no, I don't manage via deprivation, I eat whatever I want, including desserts.  It's not a major issue if they don't offer nutrition information, I was just curious that's all."
Mom:  "Yes, Fiona and her dad eat EVERYTHING."  (I'm not sure where that came from, but it did make me smile)
Travel Agent:  "Well, on my cruise, I didn't really pay much attention to my diabetes, but then, I don't take insulin."
Fiona:  "Ah, I see.  I'm Type 1 and dad's is medically induced, so we both take insulin."
Travel Agent:  "My mom's diabetic and she's on insulin, but she's in a nursing home, so I don't have to deal with managing it.   I don't think the nursing home manages her diabetes very well though, sometimes her number is 95 and then other times it's 350."

At this point, I had to stop listening because I was out of patience and focusing all of my attention on not shrieking "For Fuck's Sake" at this otherwise very nice and helpful lady.  My mom and Eric sensed my frustration and they both jumped in to steered the conversation back to booking cabins.  We were there another 45 minutes and managed to get booked and most of our other questions answered.  I was mostly over it by the time we left.  I also wasn't sure if I was irrationally irritated or justified.  I figured Eric would tell me if I was being a psycho.  So, while we were out running errands, I asked what he thought of that whole thing and he confirmed that it was over-the-top and even irritating to those in the room with functioning pancreii.  As I thought about it some more, the thing that kept running through my mind is "Your Diabetes May Vary."  The scene at the travel agent's office was a good reminder that (1) the principles of D-management vary by person, and (2) another diabetic isn't guaranteed to understand why you do what you do the way you do it.

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