Inside the supermarket entry
tower tall displays of boxed
chocolate rabbits, giant Easter
eggs mini Easter eggs all in
boxes, sealed cellophane packets
wrapped in gold, silver, brightly
coloured foil all around me
in front of the sliding doors.

They pull me up short, foods
a diabetic should not eat.

Vivid memories return from
a year ago, Newly diagnosed
with diabetes I went with
my first diabetes class on a
dietitian guided tour of the
supermarket food shelves
discussing food ingredient
effects on diabetic bodies…

… saw a life of exclusion at
the supermarket before me.


8 thoughts on “Easter

    1. I have found the same thing, I am losing my taste for sweet things. I am in fact getting used to seeing so much I can’t eat, on display. What this day really did was bring back all the feelings I had on that first dietitian’s guided visit, only twelve days after I had been suddenly told out of the blue over the phone that I had diabetes and must urgently get another blood test. Someone had ignored an earlier blood test that showed my hA1Bc count was rising too high. So two major shocks twelve months ago.. recalled by this year’s Easter display. I have managed my diet to keep the count well down, and am on a low level of medication, which I am working to keep down.

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  1. It’s interesting how something visual can unbury past occasions of strong feelings, as the Easter display did for you. From reading your response to the comment above, it seems you have your diabetes under control. Good for you.

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    1. Thank you. Yes I do have it under control, and my rational mind recognises why I need to avoid some foods and eat plenty of others. but the occasion did give me a big jolt.


    1. Yes I am doing the same these days. It was simply that a year ago just before Easter I was suddenly thrown in at the deep end discovering with no warning that I had diabetes and that I needed to start learning what to do as soon as possible. The display brought back all that I felt back then.


      1. In 2016 they said I was pre-diabetic.It’s scary to hear those words. I just try to eat right …but I’m human …so I try not to be so bad. and then the next day I start over as being good. I think it’s also about stress (my kid being always sick ) and the extra weight I put on after two surgeries.I keep working at that too. I remember a friend in my first year of college that got the same news. and Bri- Anna’s boyfriend has the serious one with constant shots of insulin. I guess sooner than later we have to really take care of ourselves first. Which is hard with people around us. always learning….

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      2. I knew nothing about diabetes when I was diagnosed. Fortunately I was pointed in the direction of Diabetes NZ’s classes explaining what diabetes is and how it progresses, and how different foods affect it. Our local health board also runs cooking classes on four different menus each year which I have found very helpful. It really surprised me how complex it all is though it is all becoming clearer these days. I find the regular blood tests are very helpful too. Ultimately only the people with diabetes can work out how to manage their diabetes, with the support of nurses and doctors. and their local diabetes organisations.

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