I have been sick for the past few days and ended up in the emergency room last night with a high fever, low blood sugars, and high ketones. When I was being admitted to the ER, I told the nurse that I had type 1 diabetes and she asked me to rate it. I gave her a blank stare and had no idea what she was asking of me. Then she said, "is it mild, moderate, severe, or brittle?" In my 11 years of having diabetes I have never been asked something like this before. The worst part was that this was not just a question she wanted to know the answer to, it was on their computerized admission sheet as a question to ask people with diabetes.