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Injecting Insulin at a Restaurant

Injecting insulin at a restaurant is one of the logistical challenges faced by many people with diabetes. Fortunately, it can be done, and there are actually many ways of doing it -- it can even be a great learning opportunity for the people you're with. Whether you give yourself the injection at the table, in a restroom, or in your car, you can still enjoy a meal outside the home and keep your blood sugar in check.

Handling Unwanted Attention

For those who have to inject insulin for diabetes treatment, the thought of having to do this in public can be terrifying and panic provoking. Although you may be using a long-acting insulin once or twice a day, injecting it in the comfort and privacy of your own home, there may come a time when you need to add mealtime insulin injections. So what do you do then? What if people see you? How do you handle this type of situation?
The topic of injecting insulin in public has led to divided opinion on the subject. If you are faced with the possibility of doing insulin injections in public, we are here to help you tackle this issue and determine what's most comfortable for you.

The Problems Usually Stem From Others

Many people who do not have diabetes may be ignorant about what is necessary for those who require insulin injections, which are needed to control blood sugar levels and avoid quite serious complications. Sometimes, there aren't many other options except to inject in a public place.
Often, this public place is a restaurant, as some people with diabetes need to use a rapid-acting insulin within minutes of eating or right before their meal. Because of the importance in the timing of this injection, eating out can be stressful for those who need mealtime insulin injections. Should they go to the restroom to do the injection? Should they just do it at the table and hope no one notices? Deciding what to do at times like this can be a massive source of anxiety for many people.
Unfortunately, one of the primary sources of stress and feelings of uncomfortableness usually comes from others simply not being educated in the process. When others see you with a needle, their first thought may be that you are an addict. When people don't know what's going on, it may cause fear. Others may not like needles or even have a phobia of them. 
In some cases, simply talking to those who are around you and explaining the situation may be all that's necessary to help ward off potential problems. Often, if you are discreet about it, most people may never even notice. If people are close by who seem to be interested in what you are up to, you can tell them that you need to take an insulin shot, but if that bothers them, then they may want to look the other way.
The final decision on what to do in times like these will be a personal one, as there is no one right answer for everyone who is in this type of situation. Some may feel more comfortable finding a private place to do the injections, while others may not care whether anyone sees them. If you are unsure what to do, let's look at your options to help you determine what best fits your situation.
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