On the go testing

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-08-22 11:29:15 -0500
Started 2008-08-15 11:29:19 -0500

Hello Everyone. I was jsut wondering how and where everyone tests while they are out to parties, dinner, the fair, the movies,etc. Do you test in the bathroom, in a stall, go out to your car? I am very timid about testing out in public. How does one do it discretly? When you are done, do you throw your picks and sticks (needles and strips) in the carbage? Do you bring them back home with you?

9 replies

just4us3 2008-08-16 17:16:18 -0500 Report

I carry an Accuchek Multiclix lancet device also , and I have to agree with John I personally don't need to change it every time I use it. I have been a diabetic for a while now and am kind of used to getting the look or the oh doesn't that hurt from kids. I if they seem to have a problem , or are even just curious I have no problem letting them know what I am doing. I usually just put my test strips in my case with my meter and take them home .

ldybugg47 2008-08-21 09:50:22 -0500 Report

I am new here and I wanted to ask about using a lancet over. Some say everytime but some say you can use one for several times before changing. Is there any thing you have to do before resuing it? Like use alcohol on it or just clean it?

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith 2008-08-16 12:45:02 -0500 Report

I carry an Accuchek Multiclix lancet device with the meter that I carry in my purse. Since the lancets are in a little drum, they are never exposed where anyone could be accidently stuck. I can discreetly test almost anywhere and have not had any problems thus far. As for my test strips, I always make sure that I take those to the nearest trash. At this point, I am not on insulin, so have not had to deal with needle disposal.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-08-16 05:36:44 -0500 Report

I've never even thought twice about my son testing in public. The only thing he ever minds is if suddenly a bunch of people crowd around asking "what are you doing?" But that usually only happens if there are a bunch of kids around. Most adults don't even pay attention.

I had one friend that I worked with who was a type 1. She would sit at the cafeteria table and test right on her lap without most people at the table even knowing what she was doing. She would also take an insulin shot in her stomach but because she didn't make a big deal of it, no one ever noticed.

As for the lancet and test strip, my son uses one lancet for about a month—I know it sounds crazy/dangerous/whatever. But he only changes it when it gets so dull it hurts. And he just puts his used test strips in the case with his tester and throws them away at home.

patti 2008-08-22 11:29:15 -0500 Report

Hey John
I use the lancets till it hurts too! My diabetic instrucor said they are ok to use as long as it is just you using them. As far as testing? I just test when and where I am. also give myself my shots when I need to in public doesnt matter where I am.

butterfly_8 2008-08-15 13:19:42 -0500 Report

Hi Donna,
for me it depends on where I am and how long I will be away from home. I usually do not be out so long I have to go public. Then I usually go to the car. there will have a small zip lok bag for garbage,which I will bring back home.

GabbyPA 2008-08-15 13:12:40 -0500 Report

I am like you and not so much timid about testing in public, but just try to not upset other people. It's kind of like public breast feeding, just because you can, doesn't mean you should do it at the table in the middle of the restaraunt, if you know what I mean.
I usually do it in the car before I go in to eat, or I do it at home before we leave. I do it at work sometimes at my desk, but everyone there knows my condition. (we are small and really just a group of friends...life is sweet!)
I have not been on a long vacation to see what I do with that. So far just weekend conventions, so I can keep a kind of schedule.
I bring a little box to keep my used strips and needles in, then I take them home with me to put in my containers. I don't want to leave that for anyone to find or get hurt with.

Punkie200 2008-08-16 04:56:34 -0500 Report


B-D makes a clip that you can snap your needle off into a container. It is small enough to fit in your purse. When I go on trips I take it with me and snap the needle part off and throw the rest away in the trash. Ask your pharmacist about the B-D clip for needles. They can order it for you and I think it cost less than $5.00. I have had mine for over a year and it snaps them off perfectly.

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