Insulin and eating out

Taz_t_man
By Taz_t_man Latest Reply 2011-10-14 19:26:04 -0500
Started 2011-10-04 09:18:50 -0500

How dose one do all this with eating out? Check your self and do your insulin. Checking your self is not bad, but doing the insulin. Getting out the needle, the insulin drawing the amount from the bottle, then shooting your self right there. Have not done it yet, but how dose one do it? How dose one take all that with you? How dose one set there at a table and do all that?


21 replies

SylviaWhite
SylviaWhite 2011-10-09 09:23:33 -0500 Report

Another great option is the insulin pump. I have 2 children on it and it makes life and dealing with meals and snacks so much easier!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-08 15:04:35 -0500 Report

I am switching to pens to eliminate all the bother of syringes and vials. It will make life a lot easier and hopefully improve my numbers.

Armourer
Armourer 2011-10-07 23:44:25 -0500 Report

I use the pens and it is by far easier to deal with this kind of situation. My father-in-law goes and hides in the bathroom, even with family around. To him it is weak to show the problem. To me with family I say get use to seeing the needle & blood, cause I'm not hiding. In public I try to be discrete as possible. Test in the lap or if in a booth this is a good cover. I then use the pen & inject through the shirt, or if buttons, open a button. However I usually do all this in the car before I go in. Usually have an idea what I'm ordering and do the numbers before hand. Now if at a party or diner at someone's house, then I go into the bathroom. As far as women breast feeding in public; yes it is a natural thing, but please have some modesty and use a blanket, etc.

rlk-fd-ems
rlk-fd-ems 2011-10-07 18:46:56 -0500 Report

I take Lantus only before going to bed and so far I have been home when it’s time to take my shot. Wow maybe I need to start staying out later and having a little more fun?
I do test my blood sugar in public and just onetime someone said something to me. I was in my cube at work and at my desk when a security guard walked by while I was getting ready to test. The Guard who is also a fire medic said to me are you all right. He said that he know what the testing device was and just wanted to know if everything was ok. I told him that I was fine and just doing a normal check and he said ok and walked away.

Jan8
Jan8 2011-10-05 06:36:36 -0500 Report

i check my BG in the car before going in and bring a snack with me if needed. You can ask your server to bring you something to hold you over until the meal arrives.i usually give myself my insulin in the restroom. i really do not like to eat out unless it is subway.i eat that in the car. Only been on insulin since Feb. so I'm pretty new to it.

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-10-04 16:05:37 -0500 Report

I HAVE BEEN DIABETIC FOR ALMOST 32 YEARS NOW. WHEN WE GO OUT, I TAKE MY MACHINE OUT TEST MY BLODSUGAR, TAKE OUT THE INSULIN AND SYRINGE AND DRAW IT UP AND TAKE IT. PEOPLE HAVE TO GET USE TO AND IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT THEN THEY SHOULD BE THANKFUL THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO IT. IT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN A FEMALE EXPOSING HER BREAST TO BREAST FEED A CHILD IN PUBLIC.

Heather44118
Heather44118 2011-10-05 17:46:02 -0500 Report

loved this answer way to go :)

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-10-05 18:55:20 -0500 Report

Thank you, I am just being honest. It is really no different than those that have to be on oxygen and have thier tanks that you have to listen to constantly, or a woman breast feeding or even those who hae hyperin locks in the arms that have iv drugs they put in them. No diff. 98% of the people in the US have some kind of cronic disease and have to take same kind of meds or treatments for them and do it in public so diabetics fit in that catagory as well. You can't tell me that there is anyone in this world that has never had to have blood drawn or a shot given to them. Only those who have a religous preferance that does not allow them to have thses things done.

kricket1945
kricket1945 2011-10-14 19:26:04 -0500 Report

A friend of mine when we are out together, tests and takes her shot when ever she needs it as she is in touch with her body and responds. She is always thanking me for accepting what she has to do..
No problem with me…but stated she has had some really nasty remarks…
Trying to make her feel better I suggested she ask, Would they like to know what I'm doing and why??but Being respectful with her comment. She laughed at me…stated not many like you anymore.
Oh well …Where are manners now days..??
So sending hugs and praying you can thicken your skin a little, as people can be rude.
Cheerio, Kricket.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-10-04 18:45:21 -0500 Report

No, I get your message. I agree we should take care of ourselves where ever we are…but that breast thing…NO as a woman, I have to say thats…smile…different :-)

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-10-04 18:57:30 -0500 Report

TRUST ME I WOULD NEVER DO THE BREAST FEEDING THING IN PUBLIC BUT THEY HAD A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT YEARS AGO AND GAVE THE WOMEN THE OK TO DO IT IN PUBLIC, SO WE AS DIABETICS HAVE A DISEASE AND HAVE SHOTS THAT HAVE TO BE TAKEN AND I FEEL THT IF IT IS NATURAL FOR WOMEN TO BREAST FEED IF THEY CHOOSE IT IS NATURAL FOR DIABETICS TO TAKE THIER SHOTS AND TEST THIER BS.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-10-04 14:04:01 -0500 Report

I only take Metformin but suggest trying to find the restaurant menu on line if possible. You can then plan your eating accordingly. Two days after my diagnoses my company went to a restaurant. I was able to look up what I could eat before going. It might help you plan your insulin. I have seen small zippered packs with cool packs for insulin sold. You are important so do whats necessary for your life, even if it means taking a shot at the table.

roshy
roshy 2011-10-04 12:52:46 -0500 Report

You just need to be liberal about it. If you dont like going into toilets to inject then i cant blame you! if the car isnt comfortable i cant blame you either! the less anxous you are about the ehole thing the easier it gets!! the fact is you need to inject so you can eat!! its no ones business. I dont think injecting insulin needs to be treated like a dirty little sercret!

Best of luck!!

jimmyjames43
jimmyjames43 2011-10-04 11:29:35 -0500 Report

I take Lantus in the am,and metforin morning and at bed time,I check my blood sugar right at the table,and carry a novolog flex pen with me if i need coverage,just dial and shoot,its done before anyone notices,its actually very common in restaurants I use to work In one for about 30 years,seen it all the time,sometimes I carry a fanny pack with all my supplies in it(not stylish but usefull)…lol

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2011-10-04 09:40:32 -0500 Report

The pens are a good option for public injecting, however they cost 2 - 3 times more than vials and syringes, unfortunately… I have no problem with testing my number right at the table. For injecting, I will usually go into the ladies room or if I already know what I'm going to eat once inside, I'll inject in the car before we go in. You can keep a vial of insulin at room temp for a little without any problems. If your meter case is large enough, you can put the bottle and syringes in it. If not, like Lou mentioned, they make carry cases for all your supplies. Most cost around $10. I will (once in a great while) inject through my clothes, but I have had a spot bleed before and it leaves a blood spot on my clothes. If the tables at the restaurant are more private and secluded, then I just inject right there, it really all depends on the situation. Once you get more comfortable with it, it'll be like second nature to you. Hang in there!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-10-04 09:44:53 -0500 Report

I don't like to inject pre-meal until my food is placed in front of me. There have been too many times when the wait between ordering and service is way longer than 10 minutes which could create problems with some of the fast-acting insulins.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-10-04 09:29:45 -0500 Report

It's easier to inject pre-meal when you use the insulin pens. Are insulin pens an option for you? Before starting on an insulin pump in August, I used a NovoLog Flexpen for my pre-meal injections. It looks like a large pen: you just dial up the dosage and inject…if I was wearing shorts or a skirt, I could do it with no fanfare at the table in a restaurant and hardly anyone would notice. Obviously, if I had to drop trou, I would go to the ladies room. Some people actually inject through their clothes, but I never wanted to do that. If you're using a vial and syringes, it's more difficult to go unnoticed. But, I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. I'd just do it. If anyone questions or comments, I'd say I have diabetes and just leave it at that. There are cases that most pharmacies sell with spaces for your syringe and insulin with a little gel pack to keep it cool if you live in hot climates. I got one at CVS for @$10. There have been several discussions previously about this as well.

Taz_t_man
Taz_t_man 2011-10-04 09:33:24 -0500 Report

That you for your help.

trying to deal....
trying to deal.... 2011-10-06 12:39:40 -0500 Report

l dont enjoy it ether but l do agree that we should be able to take it wherever & how ever needed! l feel the resturaunt out & do it at the table or in the restroom. lt is what it is!