Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dealing With Blood Glucose Management in Public

Dealing With Blood Glucose Management in Public

I take my man bag everywhere I go. In it I carry my insulin (both Levemir and Humalog), dex tablets, testing kit, hand sanitizer and a few snacks. I also put my wallet and car key in the bag so I can not leave the house without my kit.  In full disclosure, that was my wife's idea, she is much better at figuring out little tricks like that than I am.  

I just monitor my glucose wherever I am. If other people don't like it, tough luck. I am not pricking their finger! 

I am a Financial Advisor and have tested in front of clients before while in meetings because I was feeling low or high. In general, people understand.  If they don't, then I explain it to them.  I don't flaunt it and lay my hand out on the desk so they can see all the details, I just turn to the side and do it. 

If we are out with friends or if I am just out with my wife at supper I do my insulin injection right at the table in the  restaurant. Most people don't notice and if they do they don't care.  Again, if it bothers them, tough luck. They aren't the ones who get to stab themselves with a needle 4-5 times a day. I have also injected at rock concerts (both Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam), professional sports games, on airplanes, etc. I have a disease, I have to treat it.  That is all there is to it.

Now it is totally different if it makes YOU uncomfortable.  If you feel as though you can't do this sort of thing in front of people then find a private place and do it.  Eventually, it will probably become second nature and you will think nothing of monitoring and managing your glucose levels in front of others.

In all likelihood, monitoring and managing your glucose will extend your lifespan and your quality of life.  It is nothing to be ashamed of, just make sure it gets done one way or the other.


  1. Anonymous

    I have a colleague with Type 1 and he always tests himself in the staff room at lunch. It was months before I even noticed him doing it. Mostly people are so busy doing their own thing.

  2. I don't think most people notice. They are too busy with their everyday lives.