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Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by O_DP_T1, Oct 5, 2018.
Good Grief! Where an earth do you live?
I do it to live so i'll do it wherever i want ...if somebody doesnt like it ...tough ****
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
More importantly, how was the food?!?!
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).
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.
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!
That's a fantastic result, text book result .............so what did you eat?
Shamelessly copied from their website:
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?????
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.
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
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.
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
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.