testing and injecting at a restaurant

WilMa Diabetes guy
By WilMa Diabetes guy Latest Reply 2014-12-05 20:45:12 -0600
Started 2014-12-04 08:56:08 -0600

I am new to testing and taking my Novolog insulin before meals. I've run into the situation where I don't know how/where to test and inject my insulin at restaurants. My significant other says go to the restroom to do it. But, if I inject and the food takes longer than expected I may have a low. Whereas if I test and inject at the table when the food comes I can begin eating right away. I think my SO is embarrassed by my needing to test in public. SO, what do I do? Any long termers out there have any suggestions.

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8 replies

kimfing 2014-12-05 10:50:53 -0600 Report

When we go out to eat, which isn't often, i used to figure out what i was going to have before heading out, fill my syringe, test and inject at the table then eat. I don't anymore since going on the pump. I test at table and my meter talks with pump and delivers insulin. Fast acting insulin u usually have about 15 minutes then u should eat

suecsdy 2014-12-05 08:48:23 -0600 Report

Depends on where I am dining. Several places I like are buffets and I will test and shoot before going in. Other places have done my shot discreetly at the table. Don't think I would ever do it in the bathroom.

GabbyPA 2014-12-05 08:16:24 -0600 Report

I have done it at the table before. I have also gone out to the car to do it, as I don't really like doing it in the bathroom. It is your life and you need to find what works best for you. You can do some of that stuff and people don't even realize it's happening. It's only a big production if they want it to be that way. It might take some practice to get stealthy about it, but you will get there.

Perhaps you could get a table in a more out of the way corner of the room so that others won't see what you are doing either. I can see that specially if there are kids around.

Maybe finding out if it's an issue with your significant other in a conversation and some education on why it's important and telling them that a low is a lot more of a scene in a restaurant than testing and taking insulin at the table.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-05 03:30:22 -0600 Report

Just my opinion, for what it's worth, but public restrooms leave a LOT to be desired in the area of cleanliness, and I do not want to be shooting my insulin there. If I can't shoot at the table, I'll go out to the car (which is not the best place either).
I'd have a serious conversation with my SO to see why they would rather you use the restroom.
Good luck. Heidi

Panda99 2014-12-04 19:55:59 -0600 Report

I test and inject at the table, for just the reason that it often can take a While for food to arrive. Hiding in the bathroom feels wrong to me. Most people don't notice.

jayabee52 2014-12-04 18:11:04 -0600 Report

Howdy Will

This is your "new normal" both for you and your SO. Are you yourself embarassed about testing and injecting at the table?

You THINK she (gender assumed) is embarassed? Have you asked her? If you nave not that would definitely be an important conversation to have. You may need to explain the need for doing it at the table when the food arrives, if that is what you want to do.

IMHO there should be no shame attached to something quite necessary for the healthy functioning of your body.

On my profile I have a picture of an isulin vial and a needle. and the caption: Diabetics are the only people who shoot up to AVOID getting high." (or something like that).

If anyone questions you about what you are doing, just explain that it is insulin you are injecting and you need it to keep from having your blood sugar go too high.

Myself I would avoid going to the bathroom to test and shoot up since the level of cleanliness in a lot of resturaunt bathrooms leaves much to be desired.

I know that others may well have a different opinion on this issue and that is OK. This is my $.02 worth.

Praying for improving health for all

WilMa Diabetes guy
WilMa Diabetes guy 2014-12-05 20:45:12 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the good suggestions. I am not embarrassed about injecting and testing at the table. And I agree with the concerns about testing in a bathroom.