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Managing diabetes in general within a public space can feel daunting and embarrassing. For Amy, who has T2D, this is a topic that she’s all too familiar with. From her experience of feeling misjudged, to feeling like she had to hide to inject, we’ll be kickstarting a ‘my diabetes diary’ series to share experiences and tips on topics that aren’t often publicly talked about.
Please remember, it is important to consult with a doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance on how to manage diabetes.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.
I have had T2 for over 15 years and I have only noticed once anyone having difficulty in seeing me Injecting [I explained what I was doing & that was that] Anyone who sees someone injecting should not be concerned and if they are they should ask! Most people [Diabetics] would educate them about Insulin.
I have had TD 1 since 1979. We must do what we must do. I always go with the saying “what anyone thinks of me is none of my business “. It’s highly unlikely that people are looking at you they are too busy with their own stuff .
Acceptance is key.
I had childhood diabetes, diabetic since 1972. I never cared about someone seeing me inject insulin, I was always very up front and honest so nobody seemed to get upset about it. When my kids were growing up and had sleepovers, I just took my insulin and needle out and took my shot all the while explaining to them my disease and medicine I am taking. I never wanted to show fear to a child because they may someday get diabetes.
What a great little chat about injecting in public. It has taken me over 2 years to feel comfortable with this (I was diagnosed TD1 in my late 50s (after DKA) and very self conscious with my pen. Now I just do it like Amy, under the table. I’ve gained confidence. It’s a necessary procedure and it was nice to hear it affirmed so well.
My husband and I have T2 diabetes and both use insulin. If anyone has a problem with my husband and me injecting our insulin in public, it is THEIR PROBLEM, not ours! My Mum was a T2 diabetic and would go to the bathroom to have her insulin. I refuse to do that- I just inject through my clothes. I mostly wear slacks and a top anyway, so it is easy to lift my top a little and inject!