I am not talking about the public or private healthcare system here – I thought I would pose a different debate...
Do you inject publically where others may see you or do you remove yourself from a social setting to take your injection?
I understand pump management is different and with all the various components needed for a set change you’re more likely than not going to do it privately, but for those on MDI’s, what is your meal time injection etiquette?
Is there even an injection etiquette when you are out in public? or am I making this up?
I have been asked recently what I do when I need to take an injection when I am out and to be honest, my ‘etiquette’ changes depending on who I am around and how comfortable I am with the company.
When I am with family and friends, I feel more confident injecting at the table in a public restaurant. It doesn’t bother me who might be looking because chances are no-one actually is, but, when I am with unfamiliar company I sometimes get confused. I may go to the bathroom or wait until after the meal to inject although, I feel like that isn’t fair. Everyone else who needs to take medication can do it in public so why can’t I?
It’s times like that, that make me feel different.
More often than not, I do use the opportunity of injecting in front of someone new to educate them about what Type 1 is and what it means I have to do, but, then I am also aware that some people might have an issue with it. Should I be concerned about their phobias or issues when I have to do it every day?
So, I have a few questions for everyone out there who may be reading this:
For those who don’t have diabetes and have no exposure to injections that often, what would you say or how would you feel if someone took a needle in front of you? How may you react?
For others who are exposed to injections and have a relative with Type 1, do you feel uncomfortable at times when they may inject in public?
And, lastly – to my fellow type 1’s out there…. What is your injection etiquette?
I’m curious to know! You can comment or email me – anything you’re comfortable with!