Just as a disclaimer if you will, I am very outspoken and get into trouble quite a bit because I will challenge.
I have read the results from a common thread from a little over a year ago. But I have to ask again. I will explain:
I spent 22 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. I am well aware of the nasty/unsanitary conditions the world can provide. Just as many of you, I am an IDDM patient (Insulin Dependent DM) and I am required to inject each time I have a meal. This is all new to me. I have only been a diagnosed diabetic for 4 years and insulin dependent for 9 months. But I like eating out!!
I have a real issue with going into a public restroom to inject. I will and am not afraid of giving my injection at the table especially as long as it takes for the food to arrive at some places. If someone has an issue, and they do not like the standard “I need it to live” answer, I will become confrontational.
The confrontation usually is verbal. My attempt at explaining why I have chosen to inject at the table “In Public” usually includes the simple question of “Would you let your Healthcare Team give you a shot a [this] Public Restroom?” The usual response is “No! That is so un-sanitary!” They realize what they just said and then shut-up. If they pursue the issue, I will ask them to follow me; I will begin to pick up their plate and they will ask what I am doing and where we are going. I will explain that if they will eat in the same S#!^ House I am expected to inject in, I will gladly inject in their while they eat right beside me. No takers yet.
For the most part, folks around me have either applauded or at least expressed positive comments for confronting the “Moral” citizens.
The event that made me begin my confrontations was at a local “Cracker Barrel”. [Let it be known right now "Cracker Barrel" had no issue and I have no issue with "Cracker Barrel". it just happened to be where this confrontation happened.] One of our local PD’s finest happened to be in the restaurant. I was in the bathroom preparing my injection on the sink I had just wiped down with the Clorox or Lysol quick wipes I used to carry. A Gentleman, exited from the Crapper came to the sink (2 of them, I was on the right side). By the time I had completed the injection Officer Johnny Law had entered and had me against the wall. “Only Junkies shoot in a bathroom!”
Great words from a great man “Only Junkies shoot in a bathroom!” So I shoot where I am at when I need to.
What do you do? Do you cower to the Moral Majority, or do you try to educate your public if confronted.
Stand your ground!
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