why is it that i am embarrassed i am a type 1 diabetes. i refuse to check my levels or inject in public. i get so embarrassed when people talk about it infront of me and i over reacting or am i just a typical teenager??
I use to be like that Kelly,would hide in the toilets to check and do my levels maybe it was because I was a teenager or another reason that I dont know about but these days I dont bother they can all see me because its not something I chose but something I have to do to stay alive so no matter where if I am on the bus,walking etc I will check and take my insulin whoever has a problem with it its their problem not mine.
Its also unhygenic to be running to the toilet to do my injection I read somewhere so dont want to pick up any other problems from injecting in the toilet.lol
I think you are just a typical teenager who like the rest of us doesn't like not being totally in charge! Even when you think you've cracked it the D can throw a wobbly all of its own. My only advice would be try to talk to just one person about it and when you are comfortable with that talk to another, same with injections/testing. Don't stress about it but above all take care of yourself and remember that testing/injections are just a part of your life, (you don't say how long you've been diabetic). Testing/injecting in private is nothing to be ashamed of, just try to do it whenever you should.
Yep, just a typical teenager. I have the same problems, but my pump makes it a TON easier.
Checking my BG in public was never really a problem, but if there was even one person around, i would find a place to hide to take an injection.
Now it's kinda fun when i have to give myself a bolus in class cause everyone thinks that i'm texting or on my phone or something lol
good to hear things are better.. i was on the pump. but i am now off it because i hated everyone asking what it is, and i hated having something attached to me every sec of the day. i might go back on it one day, my endo just told me to have a break.
Try looking into the Omnipod. I didn't like the idea of having something attached to me all day every day, but with the Omnipod, you can put it wherever you want just about, and you don't even feel it. And since the PDM is separate, a lot of people just think it's a cell phone or a PDA, so they ignore it. :)
Sounds like a typical teenager to me who doesn't like standing out and being different. Just think of it like you are special-you are dealing with issues and solving problems that most people your age don't have to. It will make you stronger one day when your confidence grows and you realize that!
I agree to to just start by telling somebody you care about and making it "just information" not something to hide.
As for the "hiding t take your shots" that comes up on here a lot and I don't necessarily agree that taking shots in private means you are ashamed of your diabetes. I'm not at all ashamed I just prefer to do it in private.
They're not in Australia yet unfortunetly :( I wanted one too but had to settle for the minimed instead
It's just a teenage thing, I was the same... when you get past the hormones and all that, you become less insecure about having it
Wearing a pump and taking injections and using a lancing device are badges of courage. Some people aren't shy about flashing those badges; others prefer to keep it private. The thing is, the choice is yours.
People with diabetes are smarter, more resilient, more courageous, kinder, and generally better-looking than the pancreatically unchallenged :-) And sometimes it's good to share that with the world. Diabetes pride rocks.
But, I have to admit it took me some years to truly believe that. Best wishes.
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