1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Eating alone and injecting in a restraunt how?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by O_DP_T1, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,406
    Likes Received:
    1,869
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Good Grief! Where an earth do you live?
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  2. Chowie

    Chowie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    207
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Melbourne, Australia
     
  3. annliggins

    annliggins Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    68
    I do it to live so i'll do it wherever i want ...if somebody doesnt like it ...tough ****
     
    • Winner Winner x 3
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,601
    Likes Received:
    3,956
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I think there are plenty of reasons not to inject in a loo and most people would be horrified if a nurse or GP took them to the surgery’s loo for their vaccinations.
    I’ve only ever had one adverse response when I’ve injected in a public space. It was about 25 years ago, on a train, before pens. I got out the syringe, pulled up the dose from a vial and then injected in my leg; the middle aged woman sitting opposite turned to her husband and quietly, disapprovingly, said ‘junkie’. I smiled inwardly and didn’t disagree though I now wish I had.
    When testing with the accucheck though I do ask people who are close if it will worry them, so far no one’s said it would.
    Go ahead and test, and inject, at the table. If you’re near to others, ask if it worries them, and explain why you’re doing it.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  5. Hoping4Cure

    Hoping4Cure Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    201
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I'd tell that nosy busybody to mind their own business and get lost. In those exact words. The needle isn't going into them, FFS, they should grow up. I don't inject in the public toilets due to hygiene. I used to shoot through my shirt into my belly but ruined too many shirts that way from the occasional blood as I withdrew the needles, and now, as I grow older, I not only feel entitled to shoot up whereever I please, including at my desk at work or at the movies, any anyone who has a problem with it needs to get lost. I do it circumspectly, often under the table, and can do it with one hand, but if someone's monitoring my actions, that's their problem if they get offended by someone simply doing what's necessary for them to remain being alive. I'm not a junkie, I'm legally disabled, and I have a right to not risk my health by sequestering myself in a disgusting place and literally injecting a needle next to fecal matter, which could result in an infection and far worse than jabbing through a shirt or pant leg (jeans are often too thick for my shorter needles to even get the insulin where it needs to be, so that's not an option). Not to mention potentially missing out on interesting conversation. I often have to take multiple injections during the course of a larger meal, and have to go to the bathroom enough as it is already. It's also quite disgusting to prick my finger in the toilet, which is literally an open wound that deliberately bleeds. I'm a master at testing my sugars surreptitiously, but if someone notices, too bad for them.

    I'm already disadvantaged enough by this debilitating condition that I have zero patience for such obnoxious snowflakery.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Winner Winner x 2
  6. Hoping4Cure

    Hoping4Cure Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    201
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I try to be discreet too, but find myself caring less and less over time. Junkies are not my problem and how society treats them or views their hobby is not my fault.

    I've felt far more self-conscious about someone walking into a public restroom and seeing me inject myself at the sink than I ever have anywhere else. Junkies often get high in public bathrooms and don't care. They make our lives harder through prejudice and guilt by association. People who shoot up for fun are the ____ of the ____ IMO. I do it to survive, and don't have a choice. But I'm a respectable person, and unlike them, don't deserve (or appreciate) society conflating our two "conditions".

    One thing about being mistreated by cops: don't follow this advice and get belligerent with them. Ever. They can make your life hell and type 1 diabetics can and often do die while locked up, without free access to their meds or sugar pills. Just apologize and walk away. Proving a point to them or yourself isn't worth risking your life over it.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  7. kev-w

    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,452
    Likes Received:
    2,489
    Trophy Points:
    178
    When first diagnosed and having to draw insulin from a bottle I'd hide in a loo, but had grief from a bouncer for the pleasure, he didn't like the look of a syringe, since then I've done it at the table, don't like? Don't look.....

    Going thru clothing? Have you ever emptied a hole punch?
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Winner Winner x 1
  8. O_DP_T1

    O_DP_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    147
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Wow just seen this after the weekend, never expected such a diverse range of answers.

    Anyway for the record I ordered and took my jab in the toilets, after informing the waiter I was popping to the toilets.

    Why did I do that? Well i was on a syringe and vial for about 40 years until December 17, so it's just habit i guess.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,111
    Likes Received:
    4,924
    Trophy Points:
    198
    More importantly, how was the food?!?!
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  10. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,054
    Likes Received:
    6,035
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I have always said there is a big difference between injecting "in public" and injecting "publicly".
    When I was first diagnosed, I was a bit self conscious but soon got used to it.
    I just don't make a fuss and get on with it.
    I have colleagues who sat opposite me for 2 years and didn't realise I had diabetes.
    On the other hand, I have realised I have a needle top in my mouth as I am talking at the dinner table because I was so unself conscious about injecting, I pretty much forgot about what I was doing.
    I have shared hotel rooms with strangers (on a singles holiday) and one of them told me not to inject in front of her because she had a needle phobia. So I would just tell her to look away when I was injecting. This seemed to work fine. Sometimes she would carry on reading sometimes she would get around to doing something she was going to do elsewhere anyway (e.g. take a photo from the hotel balcony).
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  11. O_DP_T1

    O_DP_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    147
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Was awesome actually, BGL 5.5 pre meal and 6.6 post 1hr and 5.5 post 3 3hrs so all in all a good night.
     
    • Winner Winner x 3
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Ann1982

    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    323
    Trophy Points:
    123
    I usually inject at the table now having once injected and then told 10 minutes later that there was not going to be any food, chef didn’t turn up! Thank goodness for glucotabs!
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  13. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,111
    Likes Received:
    4,924
    Trophy Points:
    198
    That's a fantastic result, text book result :woot:.............so what did you eat?
     
  14. O_DP_T1

    O_DP_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    147
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Shamelessly copied from their website:

    https://temperrestaurant.com/temper-covent-garden/

    GRILLED SPRING CHICKEN
    Verbena harissa, yellow peppers, olives, lemon
    BEEF FAT POTATOES
    Mozzarella, sage and black pepper
    GRILLED COURGETTE ( VG )
    Grilled courgette, thyme and msg

    Oh and a double JD and diet coke - lol

    Funniest thing was a bunch of girls sat on the table opp me when all this arrived food arrived, one of of them pipped up are you gonna eat all that?????
     
    • Like Like x 2
  15. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,406
    Likes Received:
    1,869
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I think in this day and age with everyone’s rights, no one would get away with criticising someone injecting at a table. There would be hell to pay. Trial by social media and all that.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  16. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Active Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    58
     
  17. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Active Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Just do it at the table, I've done it for a very long time, if anyone says anything ask them to do it for you
     
    • Like Like x 2
  18. maria030660

    maria030660 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    226
    Likes Received:
    70
    Trophy Points:
    68
    I always inject at the table. I am a type 1 diabetic after all and not hiding it. All the people at the table would be aware of this. It depends on what i am wearing. If i am in a dress in inject in my thigh. If I have a jumper on i will inject in the belly. Nothing to be ashamed off. If people have something to say about it they can lump it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  19. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,506
    Likes Received:
    3,224
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I am with you @maria030660 I also inject at the table. Been T1D all my life and defo got nothing to hide. I need to do it to live. And no way would I inject in a public loo....ewwww :nailbiting::nailbiting:
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  20. bmtest

    bmtest · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    28
    This is a classic problem and one that you will always be faced with here are some tips
    - If all else fails inject after
    - do you like the toilets are they clean
    - how much cover is there use pillar or quiet table so few see
    - do you know your blood sugar level, you might not need to inject till after.
    -test before you enter & if you have the bottle inject a proportion of dose before, but if long wait for food you will be caught out and after eat reserve stock of anti hypo stuff you have to hand
    -have you a cold with raised levels if so enter into restaurant with half decent blood sugar
    -if you really enjoy the food and you like eating get the blood sugar level to safe low reading timing is everything, amd gorge through food in enjoyment
    - be thankful you have a injection pen prior to them coming out i used glass and metal syringe which was tricky.

    Problems such as this should not cause that much confusion but they do its hassle but its a straighforward routine and like people have said inject through clothing if you are particular with exact timings.

    Good Luck


    -
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook