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When I was leaving the hospital after being diagnosed the nurse suggested a pump but because I didn't yet know about the ominpod, I declined because I didn't want to be bothered with the tubing. I was diagmosed with type 1 the last week of May 2011 and started on the omnipod last week (November 2011). It could have been sooner but I didn't know about my options for different pumps until October.
I've only been using the omnipod for a little over a week but I've worn it on both arms and you are right, people are very interested to know what it is and how it works.
I am newly diagnosed as well (July), and single and dating. My mom suggested that I not tell the guy until I was more confident in how I felt about him and vice versa. Because I feel so vulnerable about my diabetes, she didn't want me to tell him and if it turned out he wasn't interested in me then to have me worry that it was the diabetes. Of course, this could happen at any time in a relationship but people often get "weeded out" more in the beginning stages of a relationship.
Once a guy saw my pump on the first date, and asked what it was, and I said "Oh, I have type 1 diabetes.". He was cool with it, and we carried on in our conversation.
On another date, I didn't want to bring it up, so before dinner I went to 'wash my hands' (which should not have to be in quotation marks, but hey I'll be honest, it doesn't happen all the time) but really I went to go check my sugar levels. I didn't want to bleed in front of someone without asking them how they felt about the sight of blood, and I didn't really see myself bringing up that question nonchalantly without explaining the diabetes. But by the end of the date, things were going well, and I wanted to open up more about the diabetes. I think I may have said something like "you don't know anything about type 1 diabetes, do you?". He knew a little bit, and I shared with him that I was a diabetic. Also, he wasn't squeamish around blood, even though he was vegan (yay), haha.
Other than that, people at my university and church and other social circles have been around me enough to see me check my levels or take insulin or what-not, so with other guys it's already a pre-known thing, you know?
Well, those are my stories!
Hey! I used to think the same thing, like when is it appropiate? Or will they understand? I was diagnosed with Type 1 right before I turned 18. I am now 25, and still think its a pain in the butt! But I do think its important to mention it at the right time in the beginning. Only because it def is a big part of your life. Also, if the person you are dating knows and understand, then they might be the perfect match for you :)
Each to their own, before N and I started dating I told him up front that I'm diabetic, childfree, and pagan if he had an issue with any of the three we could remain friends no harm no fowl.
I was the same way with the last few ex's after the bloke I'd been dating up and left within an hour of me telling him I was diabetic - ticked me right off he did so from then on I was like fine, up front before dating happens.