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Injecting in public

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Jimberlands, May 14, 2018.

  1. Jimberlands

    Jimberlands Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been on a pump for as long as I can remember, however as of this year I decided to go back to injections; for a few reasons, though particularly because I felt like it was becoming 'too easy' I suppose. Nonetheless, I can understand why pulling my trousers down and doing an injection below the waist would be weird in public... But what about the arms/stomach? Is it weird to be doing that at a dinner table, or in a cinema, something like that? It feels strange, my friends are all used to it but it feels like I should be going somewhere more private to do it?

    Another question following that actually - is it possible to do an injection through my clothes (assuming they're thin) or will I end up with some sort of deathly infection? Just an idea, would be nice if I could do it through my trouser-leg when I'm out, as I sometimes run out of 'public' places to inject.

    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  2. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For me these issues are/were non existent, however I soon realised that's not the case for others.....so you're not alone in your feelings....

    The arms and stomach were my site of choice when out in public......it can be done discreetly, just as if you were scratching an itch...the feeling you have to go and do it in private is common, but you don't need to.....of course if you're happy to do that, that's OK too...

    you can inject through clothes yes.....I never done it as I was always wearing jeans.....you can expect to get blunt needles quicker that way also, so getting fresh one on each time would be important if you were doing it...
     
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  3. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have never worried about injecting in public. It would be in my stomach and, really, no one even notices.
     
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    To me there is a huge difference between doing something, like injecting, in public and doing it publicly.
    As long as you don't make a song and dance about it (or pull your trousers down in public), anyone who complains are the ones with a problem, not you.
    If I ever noticed anyone staring, I used to stare back ... not say anything, just stare. They turned away pretty quickly.
     
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  5. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I only do stomach and inject through my shirt (even at home, most of the time, as I'm too lazy to put my shirt back in my pants after injecting). I inject anywhere and everywhere, in any company, and have had the occasional question and one time a small scream from the person opposite from me, but no nasty reactions. And even with the screaming person it ended in having a good laugh and no more screaming with the injections for the next courses (it was a very long meal with six courses or so, so plenty of opportunity to get used to seeing someone injecting :p ).
     
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  6. Jimberlands

    Jimberlands Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.

    That's a pretty good way of looking at it. I too stare back at people in those situations, so I'll just start doing that. Nice.
     
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  7. luv2spin

    luv2spin Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Do it Proudly... Do it however YOU AND ONLY YOU feel comfortable... I wouldn't do it through the cloths no matter how thin they are.
     
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  8. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah i do it wherever I need to. I do it in the street sometimes.
     
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  9. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    On the train, in meetings if there is food, wherever and whenever needed. I always feel it might look more suspicious if I go for the arm rather than the stomach but no one has pulled me up yet.
    One colleague at an awards ceremony did ask if I was 'going to do that here?' And I just said that the table was likely to be cleaner than the loo and carried on...
     
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  10. jlarsson

    jlarsson Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never done it through my clothes which to me seems like a bad idea both for the needle itself and the state of the clothes, but injecting in public is perfectly fine. I've never had anyone call me out or anything, at most I've had some weird looks probably wondering what the hell I'm doing.
     
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    kevinfitzgerald Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have never worried about injecting in public. I am discreet though so if at a table in a restaurant I will inject into my stomach (below the table) If anyone complains it will be because they are being nosy..

    I did however the other week inject whilst walking down the High Road as I had forgotten to take my morning Novorapid with my breakfast and sugars felt very high.

    If it upsets people it really is their issue not mine. As stated I will always try to be as discreet as possible and I will always be aware if there are children present.

    It's a medication I need to stay alive and I'm not going to apologies to anyone for that.
     
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  12. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. I inject at the table into the stomach and try to be discreet. No one ever seems to notice. I did this once in a restaurant and looked up and someone on another table was doing the same!
     
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    That has happened to me also some years back. I was on a train though and was doing it at the same time as a young lady sitting across from me..

    She smiled....... And then it ended!
     
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  14. Radinator

    Radinator Type 2 · Newbie

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    I'm a train conductor and have to do it whilst on the train. I try to go to a discreet part of the train (a middle cab if it's 8 or 12 coaches long or unoccupied first class). I've have been stared at by passengers and most are discreet about it. One time I had a passenger blatantly staring and when I walked past he asked me what I was injecting. I naturally said heroin and carried on walking past. I did call my line manager and let him know just in case there was a complaint lol. I always do my stomach, as for injecting through my clothes I'm to worried I might end up with half my trousers or shirt embedded in my skin
     
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  15. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    I just do it wherever and whenever I need to. The more matter of fact you are about,it, the less likely people are to even notice , I’ve found. I’ve been asked when our for food if I’m going to do an injection, and nine times out of ten I’ve already done it without anyone noticing. I’ll get skin out if I’m at home, but that’s not always possible when I’m out (long dress, anyone?) so I’ll go through clothes. Not bike leathers though ;)
     
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    jlarsson Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity for those of you who do inject through your clothes, have you ruined any clothes because of it, and what do you do about stains etc?
     
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Most of my clothes are black, so it doesn’t matter :D
     
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  18. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I don't own any clothes that care about stains. Actually worn my shirt inside out all day today and only just found out.
     
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  19. Glucobabu

    Glucobabu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was sitting next to an elderly gentleman on a flight recently when I did a blood test and also injected myself. A little while into the flight we started chatting and the subject turned to health, fitness etc. So I naturally mentioned my diabetes. He was very curious to know about Type 1 and Type 2 etc and how they were different. He wondered how I did my blood test, injection etc. Obviously he hadn’t noticed me do them both right next to him! I was of course pleased to show him my meter, pen, needles etc. He was well impressed and thanked me profusely for enlightening him on the subject. He was a wonderfully curious retired teacher.
     
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  20. damianpclow

    damianpclow Type 1 · Member

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    I usually inject in the stomach and often inject through my t-shirt when eating out in public. this is fine. Do you use single use needles as I do? just make sure you have sufficient needles for the amount of time you are likely to be out.
     
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