Got to use this one on my sister over the weekend. Sister lives in CA, I'm in FL (as are my parents). This becomes important as Sister seems to think she knows everything, and her word should be the final one when it comes to our Dad and his health. This may be due to her being a physician (OB/GYN), but Dad is also a physician, and thus the worst kind of patient.
Bit of background- Dad is an insulin dependent diabetic, and has been for the better part of 9 years. He's been very bad in the past about monitoring his sugars and carb intake. He's also a combat disabled Marine Corps veteran, and food is one of the few things he can still physically enjoy. He has kidney damage between the diabetes and his long term hypertension (also had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery 6 years ago- nothing can beat a Marine!) Last month, Dad was diagnosed with a lower sigmoid colon/rectal cancer. He's now on chemo and radiation prior to surgery in the start of the new year. His doctors have discussed it, and as long as he monitors his blood sugar and insulin, he can eat whatever the heck he wants- right now, it's very important for him to be getting plenty of calories; the cancer is eating a bunch of them anyways.
Due to his diabetes, he hadn't been allowed his favorite, from scratch chocolate chip cookies for some time. I am making some to take to him over Thanksgiving. This is where the conversation comes in between my sister and myself.
Me: I'm making some cookies for Dad to enjoy. He's really looking forward to them.
Sister: But the diabetes! He shouldn't have ANY sweet stuff!
Me: Well normally, yes, but the doctors conferred, and he can have them this year.
Sister: But they are bad for his blood sugar, I can't believe you're giving him junk food like that!
Me: Well he's going to be good and not eat the whole batch in one go, sister! He can have them as long as he's monitoring carefully.
Sister: Well he's never monitored in the past! You're not helping him by giving him cookies! You might make his health worse, and then he'll have problems in and after surgery! I can't believe you're so selfish to make him things you know he's not supposed to have!
Me: Well that's an interesting assumption...I'm trying to kill Dad via cookies....
Sister: Well it's not good for him to have that with his diabetes!
Me: Well, Sister, the doctors have okayed it, so I'll rely on their expertise considering they are the ones examining and treating him directly....and honestly, isn't his diabetes a little further down on the "list of things to be concerned about" with regards to Dad's health at the moment? I mean, he is fighting cancer....
Sister: incoherent mumbling
Sister is bringing nieces to FL to see their Pop Pop in December....I might have to make some more when I come over to see them, so Pop Pop can share cookies with his granddaughters. Sister's head might explode, but hey, it's a week before Christmas, it's one cookie each, and Pop Pop is supposed to spoil his granddaughters.