Taking shots publicly

By Starry20 Latest Reply 2011-08-06 17:51:38 -0500
Started 2011-06-16 12:53:37 -0500

One time at the movies, I had To publicly take a shot because the bathroom was out of order, as I was doing it in my leg a grown man looked at me made a face of disgust and kept staring, making faces, then my best friend stepped in front of me (I was sitting down) and looked at the guy expecting him to turn around, but instead he tries to point at me, and thats when my friend got a rude look on her face, then he got the point and turned… Has anyone else noticed people not being so nice??

33 replies

Jerry Koontz
Jerry Koontz 2011-08-06 17:07:00 -0500 Report

Hi Raven12 This is a very good question
My 40 as a type 1 diabectic is, I use to hide, then ond day I said to my self I
I do not have to hide my problem and I have found out that children like watch when I check my blood, then they watch and when I take my shot they like watching.
If a grown-up gives you a face you can just smile, you can say I wish you were the diabect insted of me!, I don't even look at anyone I just do what I need to do. If Im at the table In my lap I get every thing ready for my shot then I just shoot through my clothes, I like whe waist area, it is easy. I learn this at a clinic we were all around a table taking about shot This one guy said he was a doctor and he would just take the shot through his clothes. That was about 30 years ago.
Do not worry about what people think If they are dumb they will think domb things and if they are smart they will think smart things.
You think about your self and let the rest take care of them self.
It is like you change from a sickly person to like a dorctor With your chang in attitude. Don't be shy Smart people can learn from you.

Starry20 2011-06-21 22:40:01 -0500 Report

My friends dad had type 2 and he had it almost 2 years before his daughters knew, he would go to the bathroom to check and do whatever was needed, both of his daughters excepted it, but I plan on telling him about this site the next time I see hin, it might help him as much as it has helped me!!

Armourer 2011-06-20 01:27:00 -0500 Report

I use the pens, and have often had to give myself shots in public. I try to be discrete by using the table as a cover. If possible I will meter and inject in the car before going in, or do it after. I've never had anyone say anything or look at me. At home I don't hide a thing from family members. However my father-in-law will never meter or inject in front of anyone, not even his wife. He always goes to the restroom. I feel that my family needs to be educated, but in-law feel's it makes people think he's weak.

MarkS 2011-06-18 13:56:38 -0500 Report

I have been on the pump for abut eight years so its hard to remember, but I really never care what others do or say. In fact one time I remember when someone asked where I got the 'cool' blue 'pager' (it was my pump) and where he could get one just like it. Being in a not too good mood I told him 'get diabetes and you can have all the fun in the world with it.' In retrospect, that was not a very good or polite way to respond.

Type1Lou 2011-08-06 17:51:38 -0500 Report

Mark, your response made me laugh! I think it was "right on". I received my Medtronics pump last week and am waiting to get the training to begin using it, so, if someone asks me the same question, may I use your response? (I've never had anyone give me nasty looks or remarks about injecting in public…one gal did get a bit squeemish and I advised her she should look away…her reaction was HER problem, not mine.)

sweething 2011-06-18 13:42:23 -0500 Report

Yes I've noticed people looking at me while taking insulin. But think about this—why should we be confined to a diirty restsroom? This is supposed to be a clean proceedure. I also don't think nursing mothers should be confined to a public restroom. I won't even pee in a public restroom; why would I want to give myself a shot or nurse my baby in one?

runthe 2011-06-17 21:14:12 -0500 Report

I will try to use the bathroom if possible but if it is nasty then I usually do it in public by turning my back away from others when possible.

kdroberts 2011-06-17 20:23:39 -0500 Report

I take shots in public all the time, it's very rare that anyone even notices and I've never had any looks or comments.

ston3xc 2011-06-17 17:00:14 -0500 Report

If you have insurance, you can get the pens. I've used them before and they are very discreet and I loved them, but I'm on medicaid now and they don't cover the cost of the pens.

nzingha 2011-06-17 16:42:56 -0500 Report

I'm new to using insulin.. but I would much prefer to do this in privacy.. I dont want to do this in front of anyone except my son.. he gets all queasy too.. but he's kinna getting used to it..Its not the kind of thing I would want to do in front of the whole world.. and if the bathroom is messy.. then I'd go to my car or somewhere else.. just my take on the matter. I want my privacy… I hate the idea of injecting and people are afraid of needles.. I would not want to impose at all…! and people can be rude as MrsDogg says below!

MrsCDogg 2011-06-17 16:33:54 -0500 Report

Yes, I've done it at work. At the time I was in the healthcare field too and you would be surprised at the people who did a double take and made rude comments. Ewww you have to take shots???? That's so gross I could never do that! I just shook my head.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-06-17 16:31:55 -0500 Report

I could care less, we need to take care of ourselves, as I said before, mothers can breastfeed their babies in public, addicts can shoot up on the streets, some people drink alcholol in public,people change diapers in public, and I can go on and on, and I am going to take care of myself in public, I pull out my meter wherever I am and test my blood, I am careful of others feelings, but I am also saving my life. They can look all they want I could care less

flyinhi 2011-06-17 16:15:01 -0500 Report

I'm always very discreet if I have to take a shot publicly, although I'm not sure why. To me it's just a private thing and I don't want the attention. If I'm with my friends or family, I usually say something like, "time for a hit from my favorite drug" as I'm walking out of the room. However, in your situation, I probably would have said "bend over baby, there's more where this came from"…but then I'm kinda evil that way…bwahahaha

the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-17 13:06:06 -0500 Report

I use a pump but when I was doing shots I loved doing them in public. I always thought why should I be in the dirtiest place on earth trying to give a shot. I think it is funny when people feel awkward around needles. I get questioned alot if I am a drug seller with a beeper (insulin pump) and my cell phone. Diabetes is sometimes a fun game to play with others. www.thediabeticcamper.blogspot.com

ston3xc 2011-06-16 20:47:12 -0500 Report

I don't care what anybody thinks when I pull out my supplies in public and shoot up, lol. I'm just allowing myself to live one day longer. Most people are more understanding in this day and age, that guy was just a goon. Hugs to you!

MoeGig 2011-06-16 19:25:18 -0500 Report

When i saw that Mary Tyler Moore would shoot through her clothes, I thought: No Big Deal. I do that often.

Harlen 2011-06-17 19:05:57 -0500 Report

That I would not do it would only take just one thred to go in with the needle and you will have a masive infection

Starry20 2011-06-17 19:41:26 -0500 Report

I dont either… So many things get on pants… Dirt, grass, and with animals, many other things… So I'd rather not shoot through them…

Type1Lou 2011-06-16 18:39:15 -0500 Report

My husband and I went to dinner this evening and I injected while sitting at the table. I was wearing a skirt and injected in my thigh. I find it can usually be done unobtrusively. If it bothers people around me, I figure they have the choice to look away. I like both Jayabee's and Harlan's responses though if you feel one is needed. Personally, I'd just shoot up and ignore the Yahoo.

jayabee52 2011-06-16 18:26:05 -0500 Report

He probably could have been wondering why someone so young would be shooting up, thinking perhaps of illegal drugs.

I agree it is rude. Perhaps it puzzled him wondering what he should do about such a blatant display of drug use. Many people who don't have to inject meds think the use of needles for injection have been trained by TV to think that way. I know that I had that mindset before I had to inject insulin.

Sometimes saying a simple declaritive statement, something like "This is insulin.
I need it to live." may be all that is needed.

Harlen 2011-06-16 15:11:23 -0500 Report

I would just give it and ask do you want a hit ?????
lol lol lol
I would give them where ever I needed
Best wishes

ston3xc 2011-06-16 20:48:32 -0500 Report

Good one!!

Harlen 2011-06-16 20:57:03 -0500 Report

A misspent yuth lol lol

Starry20 2011-06-17 15:19:34 -0500 Report

So funny harlen!!!! I don't like to do it in the bathroom (unsanitary!) but my school teacher for my academics pretty much MAKES me… But with family, I usually do it in public, if anyone tries to be rude or laugh at me, my 15 year old 6'0 brother says, "I'll take care of them!!" haha, I have a good fam. and one time an old fam. friend looked at me like OH MY GOSH!! and I said u want some?? And started busting up, he hasn't looked at me since. At least not while taking a shot

nanaellen 2011-06-18 10:24:00 -0500 Report

I totally agree with Harlen!! And I would suggest to your teacher that he/she should let you go to the NURSE"S office instead!! Much more sanitary!! I usually prefer privacy but have sat at the table and just undone the button on my jeans and right in the stomach!! Have never gotten any bad responses! Still, can I borrow that 6' brother of yours?? LOLOL Ellen :)

Harlen 2011-06-17 19:01:47 -0500 Report

I would tell your teacher that they are asking you to go to a pleace they know there is urin and defication to give your self a life givinjg shot ?????
Where there is a will there is a way lol lol
I will not do it in a bathroom do you know just how nasty that place is ???
I hope you have a great weekend
Best wishes

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