So, hi, I guess. I was diagnosed a little over a month ago (I DKAed the morning before I graduated from college, so: fun), and lurking this forum has been very helpful in this stage, so I wondered if you guys could help me with an issue.
I’ve seen several comments here about public testing, fewer about public injecting but that’s also an issue for me (I’m on the pens). The comments have seemed to be supportive of it, but I have some problems with it. Hangups, maybe. Anyway, I think the central issue I have is not whether I should be able to do it or not, but more along the lines of whether it’s something I really have a right to subject others to. It’s one thing if it’s an immediately life-saving procedure, but if I have the opportunity to find a bathroom, why not use it? I know a lot of people who get freaked out by blood, and as a product of modern American sex-ed classes I completely understand. Furthermore, I think that there’s something private about any medical procedure, let alone one that involves bodily fluids or injections. It also just seems kind of in-your-face and confrontational to force other people to deal with my stuff. Maybe that just gets at my general uncomfortableness with how much I’m going to allow diabetes to define me as a person. On the one hand, it is something that would been the immediate cause of my death ninety years ago and will in all likelihood be a factor in whatever kills me, on the other hand it’s a stupid confluence of unfortunate events and weird Mendelian chance. So yeah, don’t really want to make that my issue.
So, any thoughts? Helpful advice? Sanitation concerns? Have I just not had this long enough?