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?
Never done it through my clothes. Bleeding too often to risk that.
I usually do it right in front of everybody, unless it's a really noble environment.
When I was on MDI, yes I would, never had any problems. LOL I'd also reuse the syringe too and NEVER any problems with that either. And no I don't feel the need to share EVERY detail of how I treat my d with the doc.
I was a dancer growing up and I asked my doc if it was okay to inject through my ballet tights. She said she didn't see a problem with it!
For the first 13 or so years of diabetes, I did injections in places like bathrooms. Then in my early 20s I decided that this was ridiculous, and I started injecting anywhere I needed to—in restaurants, classrooms, on the train ... Obviously, this involved injecting through clothing. I never told my doctor about it, mostly because I didn't feel it was relevant. I never would have been able to switch from three shots a day (R + NPH) to six to eight (MDI) if I hadn't felt comfortable doing injections everywhere and anywhere. I never ran into any trouble doing injections in public other than once when a lady ran up to me freaked out because she thought I was doing some sort of emergency injection and needed help (which is understandable). I've since moved on to the pump (only did MDI for two years) so don't do it anymore, the odd times I do an injection I'm usually doing a site change at the same time, which I've only done in public once!
I don't inject through clothing because I hate the bruising and bleeding that happen when I hit a vein. Maybe some people are more prone to bruising than others? I inject openly at home, and I've pulled up my sleeve to inject in public a few times (I've done it on a moving train, too, Spock!), but most often I excuse myself to do it in the bathroom. D is still sort of new for me, and I'm not ready to deal with the possibility of any extra attention. I hope in time I'll become less self-conscious about it.
Nope never, sometimes I bleed a little and do not want the stain in my cloths. I have never had a problem using my arm or pulling my shirt up in public...I don't think my Doctor would care he knows we do all kinds of things that are not clinically approved....I'm sure he takes the don't ask don't tell approach for things like this.
although i no longer use daily syringes (am on the pump now) i ALWAYS injected through my clothing. particularly through my blue jeans. if i were out with strangers and didnt want them to see me inject, i would descretely inject under the tablecloth. i always hated to excuse myself and get up to go to the ladies room. it was just easier.