I am so tired of people looking at me when I check my blood are take a shot with my pin. I have even had someone say dont you think you need to do that some where else. Well my mom took care of that before I could say anything. LOL
Do yall move away from people ,because I am 13 & I just dont think I am going to hide from people all my life ,if they dont want to see dont look right?

Just wanted to see what others do. My mom said that I am not going to the nasty bathroom to do something that keeps me alive . I think If I was in the bathroom they would stare to . Sometimes it bothers me more than others, I just hate knowing this is going to happen forever.

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Comment by Kristin on March 31, 2009 at 6:30am
I check my blood sugar in front of other people. Sometimes they give me looks, but most of them know that I have diabetes. So people who are around me a lot are used to it.

Your mom is right. You shouldn't have to go to the bathroom. If anyone is staring at you, just turn to them and say, "I have diabetes. I have to check my blood sugar and give shots."

Usually it actually ends up that the person who was staring gets embarrassed because they realize that yo unotice that tehy were staring!!
Comment by Domo! on March 31, 2009 at 6:35am
i will respectfully turn if i'm shooting up, but if i'm in the bathroom i don't hide. I never hide checking my blood sugar.
Comment by Kelly Rawlings on March 31, 2009 at 6:52am
Go boldly forth, Tyler, doing what you need to do to live well with diabetes! I salute you.

I say no hiding. Checks and shots/boluses are something we have to do, lots. So why should we interrupt our lives to shield others from our reality? If someone quietly and politely asked me if I could turn away (because he or she is so scared of a tiny blood drop that he or she faints) I would respectfully do so. But testing when, where, and how I need to is how I live.
Comment by Ahmad on March 31, 2009 at 9:17am
I used to hide it when I was around your age, so I will take it in the car or in the restroom, and even at home, I used to take it in my room away from my brothers and sisters (Since I used to give it in the thigh). BUT afterward I said that this is unfair and I don't care! Now I test my blood sugar every where even when play Golf or any game, I will stop playing and every one will be watching, but I don't care! Shots no more, am on pump so it took the shot away, but I saw some people grapping their pen and giving it in the stomach in the mall in front of everyone, who cares! While you are not naked or doing something illegal! You are just trying to stay alive and keep control of your blood sugar.

Cheer up and ignore people, let them look in to the sky or the floor if they don't like what they see!
Comment by Christina Luis on March 31, 2009 at 10:28am
This is my take, however I do not have Diabetes, my Daughter and Husband do. I would never have either one of them hide this. IT is NOT their fault that they have it. Why hide it. You have to take the insulin in order to live. DO NOT go to the bathroom. Not a good idea. I recently found out that my daughters teachers are asking her to go to the bathroom to check her blood and give herself insulin. I threw a fit! I emailed everyone and said that this must stop.
Look here is the thing, everyone is going to look. Mostly because they are curious about what you are doing. Not because they think you are weird, or anything else. 9 times out of 10 its out of curiosity. There are those people who are thinking something different. Just ignore it. I also think if you just do it and act like it is a normal thing (and for you it is and will defiantly become normal) then people wont react in a negative way.
Good Luck. And be proud of who you are and don't let anyone make you feel different.
Comment by snowangel66 on March 31, 2009 at 12:04pm
haha i have to tell you that i walked around the grocery store with my meter in my hand today pricking and trying to milk the blood out of my finger, people glanced at me but i didnt care :) its what keeps me alive why hide it
Comment by tyler on March 31, 2009 at 12:59pm
I am glad you all feel the same way I do , I just look back at them they quit looking pretty fast . I just cant believe that some people actually say things.
Comment by Jonathan on March 31, 2009 at 2:45pm
I test my BG out in public all the time -- on a city bus, in restaurants, on a street corner, in a dark movie theater (try that one on for size). Debb is absolutely right -- if someone wants you to test in a restaurant bathroom, send them in to eat in there. Watch other people's behaviors -- see all the things that they do in public without even thinking about it, like nose picking, crotch and butt scratching and more. That is far more disgusting and/or unsettling than just about anything diabetes related that we could be doing. In fact, on the next World Diabetes Day, diabetics everywhere should make it a point to test our BG and take our shots in public, in the most obvious of places.
Comment by Ahmad on March 31, 2009 at 3:21pm
Comment by Sloane on March 31, 2009 at 6:36pm
I just think, "If they don't want to see it, they don't have to. This is something that I need to do." And if they start to say something like "Eeew, that's gross. Get out of here. Are you on drugs?," or something like that, then you should say back, "I'm not on drugs. I'm takiing insulin, I have diabetes." And don't be afraid to tell them to turn away. NO ONE has the right to tell you not to check your blood sugar or take a needle in public. I agree with Al, be assertive! You have to be assertive to get things sometimes! :)


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