I just wrote this article for Diabetes Mine about injecting insulin through clothing:
I'm curious if you guys feel that injecting is safe.
If you do inject through clothing, does your doctor know about it...or do you, like Jaimie in the article, omit this info when talking with your doc?
When I was on MDI I did it all the time. On a moving train, in the middle of a restaurant, it was just easier than partially disrobing, or removing myself from festivities when the food arrives. NEVER had any problems and never even thought to discuss it with a doctor. If it works, it works.
And, I felt a lot better about doing that in some cases (like a three stall bathroom at work that services 45 woman) than injecting in some public bathrooms.
I agree that doing a shot through clothing is so much better than hiding in a dirty bathroom stall!
i do it quite a lot but never thought of mentioning it to my doc. maybe i will next time i go just to get a rise out of her...
Even if you weren't hoping to get a rise, I believe it's good for my doctor to know EVERYTHING I'm doing...regardless of if she likes it or not.
My doctor doesn't like that I drink a few nights a month...but she knows that I do and can treat me with that in mind. If I omit details when talking with her, she can't treat my full-self.
I don't do it because I use the teeny tiny needles and more often than not I don't feel anything when I inject. The only way I know it's actually gone into the skin is by seeing it. If I did it through clothing, I'd constantly be worried that I injected it into my clothing and not me.
Editing to add that I never excuse myself from the table or situation to inject. I just do it right there in front of God and everybody. The only very rare occasion that I've had to go to the bathroom to do it if I'm in public or a bedroom if I'm visiting someone is when I've been wearing a dress rather than pants or a skirt.
Do shots through clothing all the time. Don't discuss with docs.
The docs discuss injection sites and site rotation, but not what's over the injection sites!
Actually they don't emphasize site rotation like when I was a kid. Maybe they figure since I've had diabetes for longer they've been alive, that I don't need site rotation lectures.
I've always inject through my clothes. My wife hates it, suggesting that it leaves holes and blood stains on my clothes. I took her to an appointment with my endo and she brought it up, hoping that my endo would "correct" my terrible behavior. My endo failed to criticize my behavior, leaving my wife terrible bitter about the whole thing. So I still jab the needle through my clothes.
The only issue I have deal with is that with clothes with a fine weave, apparently the fibers can clog the needle. So if I feel resistance, I remove the needle and try another injection site.
As diabetics, it is amazing the things we consider: fine weave fabric, well used latrines, needle size, what we tell the docs.. We are amazingly focused. GO, D's. We rock!
I don't do it through clothes. When I did shots I'd pull my shirt up if it wasn't tucked in, pull the leg of my pants up or undo a couple of buttons. I've never used a bathroom for shots.
When I was doing MDI I would go through my clothes only if the occasion called for it. I'm not shy, and as long as I wasn't in like, plain sight I would just hike up my shirt and dose off where I was :D