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Injecting Insulin at a Restaurant

The Decision Is Yours

Regardless of what you choose, the decision on injecting insulin in public comes down to your own personal feelings about it. Unless people on insulin become home hermits, they will have to learn how to cope with having to do insulin injections in public. One of the main keys is to be discreet about it, while also minimizing any potential risk or danger to yourself or others.
 
Having diabetes is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. For some people, running to the restroom or another private area may cause them to feel like they have to hide the fact that they have this medical condition.
 
While it may temporarily relieve the stress of being in a public place, these feelings of having to hide the condition can lead to other negative feelings about yourself. Also, for those who have to take numerous shots during the day, it may become quite an overwhelming feat to try to hide that all the time.
 
Another option is to turn it into a "teachable moment." View it as a time to educate those who are around you. You can use this opportunity to spread awareness about diabetes and the life-saving treatments. 
 
Taking an insulin shot in public does not have to be a big deal. It can be done quickly and discreetly. Accepting what needs to be done and doing it in public can also show how strong and resilient you are. It isn't something to be embarrassed about -- being comfortable in your diabetes management is something you should be proud of!
 
In many cases, people around you may not even notice, and only occasionally will it prompt a reaction in others. Being prepared for how to deal with these situations, however, can help you be ready for it when it happens.
 
 
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