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First question: How many of you on injectable diabetes medication give your injection in front of others at a restaurant or other public place?
Second question: What kind of response did you receive from those around you when you injected yourself?
Did anyone freak out and say things like:
Do you have needle anxiety when it comes to taking your insulin in front of other people? Do you run into the bathroom and quickly take your insulin when your food arrives at the restaurant? Do you risk having hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) because you take your insulin before you go to the restaurant (too early) and the insulin is working before your dinner is served?
Or, are you comfortable in your diabetes management and realize it's best to take your rapid insulin when the food arrives for adequate meal coverage on your insulin program.
Clearly, the public needs to be educated on this subject. Are there any suggestions on how to do this? How do you think Hollywood handles the subject?
Tell me what you think.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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