Proper etiquette ???

By dkkendall Latest Reply 2010-01-06 13:58:30 -0600
Started 2010-01-05 12:59:20 -0600

What is the proper etiquette for testing in public? Do you just test where ever you are or do you find a public restroom, go to your car? I've been able to do most of my testing at home so haven't really had to deal with this much. My husband thinks that since it involves blood that i should avoid testing in public places since some people don't do so well with the sight of blood.

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AddassaMari 2010-01-06 13:58:30 -0600 Report

After having read all these posts, Well, I have had my eyes open. I never realize that so many different conditions exist under which testing is a necessity, never mind the need for insulin. Reading what some of you have to do (tesing 4, 6 times a day, taking care of children who needs treatment not matter where, and all the others), has made me rethink and reasses my opinion and idea of the etticacy of public testing.

I never thought about people who walk around with various medical paraphanelia. I have friends who are on oxygen tanks, no big deal, it is a reality of life. All of you have helped to realize that treating diabetes is an absloute necessity not matter where you are.

Elrond 2010-01-06 04:46:26 -0600 Report

I try to do my testing in my van if I need to test away from home but there are times when that is impractical. One time, I was sitting in church when I suddenly suspected low sugar. I pulled out my meter and as discreetly as possible discovered that my BS was 47. I broke out my emergency candy and by the time church was over and I re-tested, my sugar was in the low 100's.

nerdse 2010-01-06 01:26:29 -0600 Report

When my son was diagnosed, he was 12, we did most testing in the car or at home, but it's just not always possible. So in public, we'd find an out of the way spot & do it there. Now that I have it, too, we do the same thing. I was in the checkout line of the commissary when I felt low & I just apologized & checked it there; good thing as my sugar was 47! I carry small candy bars for emergencies because they're very effective, & rarely use them, but this time they were a lifesaver. The cashier said she wasn't bothered because her parents have type 2 & her brother has type 1, so odds are that in any given venue, you could round up at least a few people who have diabetes or live with someone who does.
Your health is more important than someone's opinion of what you're doing. And if young kids have type 1 diabetes, you don't want them in the restroom alone where someone might decide to attack them for the needle. And if you go in with them, especially if they're over a certain age, it just gets weird. It might be paranoid to think about someone attacking to take a needle, but drug addiction is such a huge problem that it's always possible. Even so-called "nice neighborhoods" have needle addicts. To me, it was just safer to inject discreetly & someplace where I or my husband could be with him when he was younger.
There are so many diabetics now, that it's becoming commonplace. And people with HIV sometimes take injectable drugs, as do people with other endocrine diseases. People with severe allergies carry epi-pens to inject themselves. Cancer patients go home on chemo pumps &/or pain medication pumps. End stage heart failure patients often wear pumps that dispense strong medications that only work IV. As more and more people with chronic conditions require care that, decades ago, was only done in a hospital, doctor's office, or via a visiting nurse, and is now done by the person & their family, things like this are becoming more common. So all in all, there are a lot of people dealing with things like this. Discretion is the usual common factor; very few people openly inject; they hide what they're doing as much as possible. Same thing for testing. I actually put the monitor inside the top of my purse so it's not so blantant. The trash goes inside a small plastic bag in the purse.
Hopefully my echoing the perspectives of so many, plus adding some facts about other chronic conditions, will help put your mind at ease.

BeckyJ 2010-01-05 20:55:52 -0600 Report

I used to be very self concious of testing in public until a couple of years ago. I was still working at the time and would go to the restroom to test or inject. At the time I was in very poor control so I was slipping out about every hour and a half either to test or inject. One day I was returning to my desk and overheard some coworkers making a stupid comment about me doing drugs in the bathroom. I was soooo embarassed. Thank heavans my boss, who knew about my situation, was also coming back from the bathroom and overheard the comments. She had me show the others my meter and insulin and explain the situation. Thereafter I would test at my desk and only go to the restroom when I had to inject. I would have injected at my desk as well but my neighboring coworker was freaked by the needles. :) I learned that it's sometimes better to be upfront than try to hide something that is needed to save your life. Yes you want to be respectful of others but if you need to test in public DO IT. Don't endager your health because of someone elses opinion.

Turtle 2010-01-05 18:41:36 -0600 Report

I check wherever I am…even inside my shell lol. Seriously, I test whever I am. Not in a public restroom if I can help it.

Harlen 2010-01-05 17:38:15 -0600 Report

I test where every I am and with the way things are I just dont care if somone dont like it, with peaple brest feeding at the bus stop and in the restaurants
so what if I test or give a shot if needed.
Best wishes

Hinboyz3 2010-01-05 14:50:42 -0600 Report

I think the devices that we all use are so very compact that we can use them in the blink of an eye. But if you think it will cause a problem for someone else to see you do this, then step away and find a more private spot,or venture into the restrooms. Having diabetes affects many of us cause everyone has or know someone with diabetes. Everyone will understand, and if they don't they are trying to be nosy to just see what your doing.

spiritwalker 2010-01-05 14:48:37 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic for 25 years. I test 4-6x a day. No one
has ever said anything.I do most of my testing at home,
but there are times when traveling or at church when I need
to test.

Jesse57 2010-01-05 14:07:18 -0600 Report

I check and inject 4 times daily no matter where I am. I've been doing this for 2 years now and haven't had a bad experience. It was very well put " do it discreetly ".

momma-rae 2010-01-05 13:32:16 -0600 Report

Hello- My daughter has type I and we test every where… first off it is for a medical reason, 2nd more peope seem to have an issue with her receiving an injjection then to testing her suger and 3rd we have met quite a few people out there that guess what have diabetes also or know someone that is. At first I did try to do it only in public but I found that was one way the diasese was control us, it made my daughter shy of letting people know she has it and it cause alot of up and leaving where we were to check. Then the world of my docter rang YOU CONTROL diabetes dont let it control you. If we are worried or embarressed to test in public then should some one who needs help from an seeing eye dog be embarressed? I know that it is "BLOOD" but honestly the amount you take to check your suger is no more then if you got a bad paper cut and I dont see you leaving a public for that. But you do need to do what makes you feel the most comfy. Good luck

momma-rae 2010-01-05 18:30:53 -0600 Report

one thing I can say is when my daughter was first diagnosed we would go to the car or bathroom to give her, her injection because she would make a scene, well people started looking at me worse cause they did not know she was crying or yelling like she was. so i started to just do it at the table, explained to her that others could see her act up and then at least people saw that I was beating my child in private. soon she just stopped she was more worried about embarressing herself in public then the shot.

AddassaMari 2010-01-05 18:38:42 -0600 Report

I saw a program on on the artificial pancreas. That is a breakthrough that will allow parents to breath a sigh of relief.

momma-rae 2010-01-05 18:47:03 -0600 Report

that would be neat, but i have the CGMS for my daughter and she is just too small for it, that is the easiest way to put it. It actually needs to be somewhere on the body that is stable and not alot of bending, We get about 1 day use out if before we satrt to get error message after error message. SO we use it about once a month to track trends and to see where exactly we need to make changes.

AddassaMari 2010-01-05 13:20:54 -0600 Report

Now that is a very good question. I do't test anywhere but home as I test only twice per week and I decide when to test. I guest it would depend on the testing schedule. I agree with your husband, it would be best to test in private/out of sight of the general public. It might give the wrong impression. I would absolutely opt for my car and never a public restroom

ptsparkle 2010-01-05 13:20:29 -0600 Report

I also do most of my testing at home. When I was working, and I needed to test, I did it in my truck. If I am out at a retuarant or some other public place, and i need to test ( i.e. you think you are crashing ) then I don't worry about where to test. Just don't make a big deal about it and do it discreetly. One time while at the airport waiting for a flight, I pulled my pant leg up and gave myself the injection right in the waiting area. Felt it was more sanitary then the restrooms. No-one blinked an eye. Hope this helps, just my opinion.

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