Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Left Completely Speechless

I am not normally a person who can be left speechless but last night I was. I had been at the gym on the elliptical for around 15 minutes. When a man approached I was working out. I had my head phones on and I had to take them off. Normally I do not get interrupted at the gym which I like normally I like getting into a mindset of concentrating on my goal for the night. The man said he had been coming to the gym for a while. He told me that he was in firefighter training. He said he noticed that I was treating a low blood sugar while working out several times he saw me at the gym.

He said he knew my life was not most likely not easy but manageable with my service dog. He said I had inspired him by my determination to finish and get through the work outs even with all the obstacles I face. He then said that I inspired him to do more as well in his life. That is a really overwhelming statement to take in. I know he said he noticed that I seemed to just make it look easy. I know he was learning about Diabetes and said that he respected how much effort I put into staying healthy even with obstacles. I know during the conversation I could only say Thank you but I felt like I would not even begin to know what to say. Normally I can be a chatter box, but last night I was just surprised. I have always thought of myself as very normal and would do what any normal Diabetic does. I guess because I have Duchess it is more noticeable but regardless I am glad I can help put Diabetics in a good light in the minds of a future firefighter. They tend to show up on a great deal of the calls so I know he will be encountering a great deal of us in the future.

I have never thought of myself as inspirational but I know my life is not easy but I feel like I do nothing different than any other Diabetic does really. I do know regardless that it does feel very cool to inspire some one else especially someone who will be encountering Diabetics as part of their job. I know most of the time you only meet these people once but it is nice to know that they are starting to see what our struggles are and not judge us. I know most EMS seem very non judgmental but I have one or two through the years that made assumptions. I know after my seizure I am feeling like my whole world is spinning out of control but it is funny how life sent me a reminder of sorts to give myself some credit for all my hard work.

 

6 comments:

  1. How wonder that this person took the time to let you know how inspiring he finds you. It's nice to have virtual smiles with you for a great interaction in your life, since unfortunately you have had some unpleasant interactions in the past. Keep up the exercise and hard work!

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    1. I know I was really surprised because these days everyone is so busy just trying to get things done. Nice he took the time to mention it. I just wish I had more to say back. I felt tongue tied. I plan on keeping up my workout. I have benefited greatly by working out.

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  2. Very nice and inspiring! Story. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. It was so unexpected.

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  3. I think that conversation timing was a gift

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    1. I could not agree more Ann. I did not really realize how much such a nice compliment could change how I felt about life in general.

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