testing on public transit

By shellyj Latest Reply 2009-06-22 22:46:25 -0500
Started 2009-06-15 19:03:28 -0500

hey everyone I just wonder if any of you have tested on public transit I have and I have not had any one say anything to me but I don't know if it ok to test on public transit what do think thanks

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vgarrison 2009-06-21 01:00:18 -0500 Report

Ok I'm going to play devils advocate really quick. Even though I too believe that you should be able to test or take insulin anywhere I am going to say be careful.

The reason I say this is based on two different experiences that I have had. 1st, once when I was testing and taking insulin in a public restroom I actually had the police called on me. They showed up and asked me to search my bag because they had recieved a complaint that I was doing drugs in the bathroom. I actually busted out laughing and showed the officers my "kit" which has my meter and needles and all that in it. They of course laughed as well and told me to have a nice day.

I say be careful on this one only because if you are on public transportation you might be going to work and this could take up precious time trying to get somewhere. I am fortunate that I do not get embarrassed very easily, but others might not be the same.

The 2nd incident I have is one time I was actually approached by a drug addict and he demanded that I give him my needles. The guy didn't care if they were used, clean, what gauge, or how many units they were. I was lucky that I was with someone and they scared him off, but I keep thinking what if I had been alone or if he had followed me home or whatever. It could have been a very bad situation because being an ex addict myself I know how desperate you can be to get that next fix.

I'm only sharing these things to remind everyone that yes testing in public is our right, but just be careful. We cannot control who rides the public transportation with us, so just be on your gaurd if you are going to do this.

Just some thoughts of mine

Blessed Be

Charish 2009-06-21 01:07:51 -0500 Report

Hi Vicki,

Point well taken and good advice. We all have to be careful although we know that it is all necessary. Thanks.

Hugs and Kisses


Splender 2009-06-21 01:24:22 -0500 Report

Hi There Everyone,

I'm right there with you all. I used to think that it was not a good idea to test or take your insulin in public. But guess what——I found out that when you have to do it then do it and make no fusses about it and no one will bother you. Just don't advertise it—this way no one will notice what you are doing.
Thank a lot Vicki for your advice. I sure will remember what you said. It just won't stop me from doing what I must do for myself.
Once again Thanks everyone for letting me see that I'm not the only one who does it.


vgarrison 2009-06-22 22:46:25 -0500 Report

I'm glad that your taking advice. Yes please keep testing and taking your insulin/meds as deemed necessary, just don't have a huge sign above your head that says that your doing it.

I guess it's not much different than when you check your wallet to see how much cash you have on hand, you may not flash it around, but people around you shouldn't stop you from doing it either.

Good luck all


Charish 2009-06-20 21:11:39 -0500 Report

If people don't understand the importance of your testing no matter where you are then that is a problem that they will have to deal with within themselves. Your health is important and don't allow others not understanding what you are doing get in your way. I know that when I test I just do it and I don't allow the looks to stop me at all.

Hugs and Kisses


bundanella 2009-06-20 21:06:50 -0500 Report

i test where i have to it,s my life . so do what needs to be done for your health. people will stare but let them they might learn some thing . just make sure you dispose of your strips and stuff . so as no remarks. best of luck all my new diabetic friends. much love bundanella p.s. hand sanitizer cost 99 cents

Sarguillo 2009-06-17 14:07:26 -0500 Report

Been there, done that, I dont care what others think or say. Its not against the law. I dont thurst it in anyones face. I dont litter nor do I leave blood anywhere. It hurts me more than it hurts them. If its time to test, or shoot, Then I test or shoot. I also take the bus to work and home every day. Its cheaper than driving my car at the moment. especially with a bus pass. Do what feels right to you.

lipsie 2009-06-16 04:15:51 -0500 Report

I am with everyone else here. You have to take care of yourself and if that means testing wherever/whenever, go for it! I would not hesitate! Don't worry about anyone else but yourself k? *Hugs* Sheila

Judimar 2009-06-15 23:45:20 -0500 Report

I have tested in airports while flying to see my sister in Australia. I also tested on a public train while there and no one batted an eye or said anything about it to me. I put the used strip in an empty used water bottle I carry in my purse for just such an occasion.

KD is right. Do what you have to do to take care of yourself. Don't try to hide it or draw attention to yourself. It will be fine.



2009-06-15 21:32:44 -0500 Report

Hey ya know, if someone has a problem with you testing or injecting, that's THEIR problem. This is your life, not theirs you are taking care of!!!

cakeybakes 2009-06-15 21:29:03 -0500 Report

Kd's right—do what you have to when you have to! We don't have public transit where I live, but I've tested in the mall!

kdroberts 2009-06-15 19:10:16 -0500 Report

Do what you need to do, there is no law against it. If I need to test or take insulin I'll do it wherever I am and not make any deal about it. Don't try to hide it, don't try to show it off, just go about it like any other normal thing like blowing your nose or scratching your head. Most people don't really pay attention so don't notice, even when I have been talking to them whilst doing it!