While there’s no shame in managing your diabetes in public, you do want to be respectful and safe. Follow these tips to keep the environment secure and comfortable for everyone.
Tip #1 – Keep Supplies Handy
When heading out, have your diabetes supplies handy. A backpack or purse makes a great choice. This guarantees you always have direct access to your medications or insulin. It’s also a good idea to keep official labels on your medication, insulin vials and pens.
Tip #2 – Prepare to Explain
Be prepared to explain what you’re doing and why. People are curious and may ask about your injection. A simple explanation like, “I have diabetes and need injections to manage my condition,” is straightforward and easy for anyone to understand.
Tip #3 – Remember Your Health is a Priority
Don’t let discomfort keep you from taking care of your health. Delaying or skipping insulin injections can result in blood sugar spikes. Your health is a top priority no matter what anyone else thinks. Always remember that.
Tip #4 – Keep it Subtle if Possible
Some people can’t stand the thought or sight of needles. Try to keep injections subtle, if possible. Injecting in the thigh or stomach is often fairly easy to hide when you’re in public. Being discreet means that people are less likely to notice your actions.
Tip #5 – Ensure Your Location is Safe
It’s fine to take insulin in public when needed. Just make sure your location is safe. Ensure the location is sanitary (skip bathroom stalls whenever possible). And make sure you have enough space so you aren’t at risk of getting bumped or jostled while injecting.
Tip #6 – Properly Dispose of Needles
Whenever you inject in public, dispose of needles properly. Some public places have sharps containers in restrooms you can use. If you can’t find a sharps container, recap the needle, store it in a safe place and dispose of it at home. Never dispose of needles in regular wastebaskets.