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Old 11-16-2012, 00:26   #1
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How many of you test in public? I have tested while grocery shopping, at restaurants, doctor's waiting room, etc.. I have gotten some pretty nasty stares. So far nobody has made a comment. I am trying to prepare myself for the time that it happens. Figure I will just say "I am diabetic and must test at specific times no matter where I am." and just smile. I definately am not going to appologize for it, nor do I feel the need for a long explaination. I dispose of my strips in my purse and wash my hands with purell afterwards. Not that I feel it is necessary for me, but so they aren't afraid of me touching something after I take my blood.
How have you handled this situation?

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I test when I need to, no matter where I am.
Why shouldnt I?
We have diabetes and an important part of diabetes is that we have to check our BG regulary because we can no longer trust that the body will take care of it self.
I`m not ashamed for my diabetes and I`m not ashamed when I check my BG.

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I test when needed but I do it discreetly. I am not embarrassed or ashamed but do it out of respect for others. A long time ago before I was a diabetic, every Sunday a man in our church would go to our only Mexican Restaurant...make a real show of taking his insulin at the table...no one was impressed. It embarrassed his wife and everyone around because it was like he was wanting attention. It was only a few steps to the restroom or he could have injected under the table. I check my blood under the table or in my purse. Of course, we may be a little more conservative in the south. Lol

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This query reminded me of the day I was prepping my high school students for the blood typing we would do the next day. Yes - before AIDS, this was a standard biology class activity. Anyway - even though I was not intending to pierce my skin with the lancet, I modeled the behavior that they would follow the next day. BOOM! Sound of student hitting the deck. She sat in the last row, but the mere thought of my intent caused her to pass out. She then said that it always happens at Dr's office if she SEES blood. I excused her from lab for the following day - but I have never forgotten that event. I haven't needed to do blood testing anywhere but in the privacy of my home, but should that time come, I don't want to have to scoop anyone off the floor.

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How many of you test in public? I have tested while grocery shopping, at restaurants, doctor's waiting room, etc.. I have gotten some pretty nasty stares. So far nobody has made a comment. I am trying to prepare myself for the time that it happens. Figure I will just say "I am diabetic and must test at specific times no matter where I am." and just smile. I definately am not going to appologize for it, nor do I feel the need for a long explaination. I dispose of my strips in my purse and wash my hands with purell afterwards. Not that I feel it is necessary for me, but so they aren't afraid of me touching something after I take my blood.
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hahahaha yes Ranita I too have tested right in the grocery line hey its something I needed to do for me its as simple as that.! I guess I look at anyone thats looks at me in a way the turn away and mind their own business!!!

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lol I could care less what other ppl think .
I mean it is not like I am breast feeding a baby or other body functions lol

Now if I had to do a insulin shot i would go to the ladies room or other spot to do that.
heck I don't give my own shots in front of my grands.thats just me I guess.

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I test wherever I am whenever I need to test. If I'm around small kids I may try and find a place that's a bits more secluded just so there's bumping or dropping of supplies. I did that once...ugh

When I was using insulin it didn't matter to me where I was when I needed to inject. My thinking was if you dont wanna see me put a needle in me, dint watch. But again, if I was around small children I tried to find a more secluded place. Just didn't want to take the chance on something bad happening because little Johnny was playing.

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When I first started testing, I would always go to the ladies' room at work, but read that a lot of people test at their desk and thought I'd give it a try. I was nervous at first, but now I can do it in a corner of my cubicle, using a stack of books or something to shield. I've gotten so good at testing that it only takes me a few seconds and I don't have to lay everything out to do it.

There was a similar discussion on another board that I follow. The Type 1s pointed out that testing and injecting is something that they have to do to live and they should be able to do it anywhere, and I agree with that, but like vrdeboer, I don't want to cause anyone to pass out. Or vomit. So, I try to be discreet as possible, testing under the table, in the ladies' room, or in my purse.

Having said that, though, if I saw someone suddenly inject right out in the open, I'd have no problem with that. You do what you have to do. And if someone fainted because they saw the injection, I'd just go give aid to the person who fainted and explain the other person's position.

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This query reminded me of the day I was prepping my high school students for the blood typing we would do the next day. Yes - before AIDS, this was a standard biology class activity. Anyway - even though I was not intending to pierce my skin with the lancet, I modeled the behavior that they would follow the next day. BOOM! Sound of student hitting the deck. She sat in the last row, but the mere thought of my intent caused her to pass out. She then said that it always happens at Dr's office if she SEES blood. I excused her from lab for the following day - but I have never forgotten that event. I haven't needed to do blood testing anywhere but in the privacy of my home, but should that time come, I don't want to have to scoop anyone off the floor.
Now that is just WEIRD. How does she tolerate her own menstrual blood???

I not only test, I inject in public. For me it is political: YES I am diabetic, NO we are not all huge fat old slobs. And, yes, MY well-being trumps your squeamishness ... get used to it. You may be next.

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lol I could care less what other ppl think .
I mean it is not like I am breast feeding a baby or other body functions lol

Now if I had to do a insulin shot i would go to the ladies room or other spot to do that.
heck I don't give my own shots in front of my grands.thats just me I guess.
I wound not inject in a restroom -- those places are FILTHY.

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