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Injecting Insulin at a Restaurant

Should I Inject at the Table?

If the thought of going to a restroom to do an injection seems absurd or unsanitary, you may find that it is fine to do the injection at the table. If you are with other people, however, they may make it more uncomfortable for you. This may be because it embarrasses them, or they may have a fear of needles, or they may feel that it draws attention to you and them, making them feel uncomfortable.
While you can take other people's thoughts and feelings into consideration, remember that the decision for what's best and most comfortable for you will be the deciding factor. If the other guests at your table are family or friends, they may be more understanding and supportive and less likely to care what others may think. However, this may not always be the case.
If you are concerned about injections at the table causing others to feel uncomfortable, you may have some other options. If you don't want to use a restroom due to the "ick" factor, you may want to talk to the restaurant manager. He or she may have an office or other private room where you can administer the injection. In many cases, restaurants are happy to comply in order to make their guests comfortable in whatever way they can.
If they do not have a private area, you may opt to go to your car. This may allow you the privacy and comfort of knowing that you can administer your insulin injection without prying eyes or unwanted attention.
However, it's important to understand that the timing of your injections will be crucial to when you eat your meal. If you haven't been seated in the restaurant yet, you may not want to do your injection right away, as it may be awhile before you are seated and have access to those carbohydrates.
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