Curious, how many of you inject through your clothing? This topic was touched on in another discussion here at TU (The guy on the NY subway rolling around in his business suit (soiled with subway grime ;)) and then injecting insulin?) Personally I’ve never done it, just not my style…. But if it works for the PWD that does inject through their clothing, more power to them.


My Endocrinologist told me a story when I was first diagnosed about a lecture he attended. He said the professor giving the lecture had diabetes. Right in the middle of the lecture he paused for a few seconds, injected his insulin right through his white dress shirt and then kept on talking like nothing took place. What if this professor has a blood gusher? What about the sanitary aspect of this?

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Personally if I'm wearing an outfit that doesn't give access to midsection, I inject in the back of my arm. I think the needles we have these days are too short to inject through clothing.
I was just going to go look for this study to link to it. I inject through clothing all the time. In fact, I just did so this morning as my pump is on the fritz and the new one is taking a few days to get to me.
Prior to getting a pump, I injected through my jeans most of the time. Did that for 15 years without any problems. The only minor problem was the once/month that it would bleed a tiny spot - jeans cover that up a lot.
I've done this a couple of times. Has to be through thin pants because my needles are short, but I'd rather see where I'm injecting. A T1 friend (over 30 years) used to shoot through his clothes regularly before he got a pump. Doesn't seem sanitary, but a subQ shot from a small needle is less than a scratch.
I used to do it all the time,I'm on a pump now,and yeah blood spots could be problems at times,but peroxide and cold water are great at removing these.Also I carry a tide laundry pen with me now for on the spot treatment of any blood spots,or coffee mishaps etc, and it works wonderfully.The sanitary aspect though, these needles make less of a hole than a sewing needle or thub tac and we don't freak out when accidentally poked with one of those.
too funny!
I've done it many times in my leg, usually when it's inconvenient to lift my shirt but I'm hidden enough to do it. I've also done it through my shirt into my stomach. I use the longer needles because they hurt less and there's no problem with length.
I got the shorter Novofine needles at my last refill (Pharmacist said it would be less painful), i have no idea why, but it really is less comfortable.
Never got up the nerve to do it. I am a healthcare professional and in the beginning with D I didn't even dream to not use an alcohol pad. Although I progressed to never using an alcohol pad I could never bring myself to inject through clothing.
You'd be surprised what you will or won't do after years and years and years of dealing with this.
I know. I never use alcohol pads anymore (except for pump sites I do), never wash my hands uness something is on them before I test, lick my fingers after I test - all bad habits - but I know I would never inject through clothing. Just goes beyond what I would do - the thought of potentially getting clothing fibers in a needle track, the though of going through dirty clothing (especially jeans wehre I may wear them for a couple of days).
I inject through my clothing all the time. I inject through my clothing more often than directly. I do think it dulls the needles a little faster, and hence I have to change my needles more often, but of course I shouldn't be reusing needles anyway. The only thing I have to caveat is that injecting through leather just does not work, trust me on this.




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