testing bsl

By msann Latest Reply 2010-09-09 07:53:11 -0500
Started 2009-05-03 20:28:12 -0500

it is hard trying to test bsl all dau especially at work, very stressful, anyone else has this problem

15 replies

LennyDenny 2010-09-09 07:53:11 -0500 Report

I also test at my desk. If those I work with don't like it they don't have to look. That might seem harsh, but most of the people I work with understand why I have to do it, and besides I'm not the only one doing it. I do try to do it at a quiet time so there might not be as many people around.

speak up
speak up 2010-09-09 07:32:30 -0500 Report

I test mine at my desk at work and I really don't care who is in my office because I figure it is something I have to do and if someone has a problem with it they can leave. Sorry that is just the way I roll and you never know who has this and can possible share some knowledge about what they have been through. I wish you the best, but I agree with ccfromdc if you have to explain tell then you ate something that did not agree with you or be honest and tell them you have to test your BS and will be right back!

ccfromdc 2010-09-08 23:59:08 -0500 Report

When I was testing 16 times a day, I decided that when I couldn't do it at my desk (with sanitary wipes, etc) I would just excuse myself from the room with an "I need to take a break" comment. Unless your regimen calls for samples at exact time periods that sort of comment should get you the needed break for privacy, especially if your co-workers are aware of your condition. If, for whatever reason you need to hide your condition, tell them you think something you ate for lunch is not agreeing with you. They'll be more than understanding :-)

- C

Dev 2010-09-08 15:07:49 -0500 Report

My husband carries a pouch that came with his meter. It is a nice compact pouch with a holder for the meter and small pockets that he uses to keep lancets, strips and wipes. he has figured out a routine that works for him with that specific placement of things in the pouch. He can test quite comfortably even using public transport if he is sitting down.
There is no need to feel embarrased. If you behave like it is a normal thing to do everybody else will take it that way.
Having a compact box/pouch that you can carry and handle easily is the key.

Beerlilly 2010-09-08 14:37:14 -0500 Report

Not at work, but at school I do. What make it worse is that the times I have to test are either during class or in between them. I have to excuse myself and go to the restroom to test sometimes.

angelalock 2010-09-08 10:56:19 -0500 Report

my problem is i forget to test alot of the time. i admit, i don't eat like i'm supposed to, and if i'm not eating i forget to test and take a shot. you'd think it'd be easy to remember to do something that is the same old thing i have done everyday for the last few years, but noooooooo. i'd forget to breath if it wasn't just natural. i also forget to take my meter and meds with me if i'm going to be gone for the day (i work at home). but when i do remember to bring with, i just try to go in a restroom or simply turn my back to everyone else. my take on it is, if you don't want to see me testing and giving myself a shot, there are plenty of other places you can look. it's not like i'm picking a booger or scratching my rearend. lol

Sarguillo 2009-05-04 16:20:16 -0500 Report

We had a discussion a while ago about this. Dont be afraid to test in public. Its going to hurt you more than it will them, so They can suck it up and learn to deal with it. Test when you need to. if that means putting eveything down, then do so. I have a meter at home that I use as my main. I test pre at AM and pre dinner. OTherwise, I keep a mini kit with me that has a smaller meter for when I am at work. My wife accused me of carrying a bigge purse then she did, And for a while I was. LOL. Test when you need to test. Dont let others dictate when you test. If you feel dizzy or a low comming, stop what you are doing and test right away. Good luck with this.

oldetimesinger 2009-05-04 16:26:46 -0500 Report

I love your attitude about others just sucking it up. Besides, I am finding that if we don't treat diabetes with our own built-in stigma, others tend to do the same. I have found most family and friends very supportive, and even my kids at school are really mostly curious more than anything else.

oldetimesinger 2009-05-04 16:32:27 -0500 Report

One other thing, it sounds hard trying to test eight times a day—and expensive. However, if we need to do so, we must. And the people who care about us want us to be well.

I find my support group is growing every day and one of the most essential parts of my staying on the right track.

Namaste Everyone

Sarguillo 2009-05-04 16:36:48 -0500 Report

amen to that. Test strips can cost as much as $1.00 per strip. at 8 tiems a day, that can add up to $240.00 a month. That is alot. Test as often as needed. The more agressive you are about controlling your diabetes, the less chance of compliations. Remember, nobody dies of Diabetes, but alot of us can die of complications from Diabetes if we are not in control. Blessed be all.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-04 16:34:33 -0500 Report

I am with you … nothing stopped me from testing. When I was gestational I felt funny giving myself shots in public but I still did what I had to do!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-05-04 15:06:08 -0500 Report

Yeah, I know what you mean. I have a hard time testing at work. I test in the morning before work and I test at work if I feel weird or if I eat something and want to know how it affects my #s.

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