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[IP] BE LOUD, BE PROUD...TEST IN PUBLIC
George and Pat,
I couldn't agree more!!! I stopped testing in restroooms years ago -
when I found myself sitting on the commode (this bathroom didn't have a
vestibule area) with my supplies apread across my lap thinking to myself
"this is nuts! - here I am opening my finger and then injecting in the
dirtiest possible place!"
I now test proudly in public - not making a show but no attempt to mask
what I am doing. If people stare, I stare back. Sometimes I feel like
saying - "if I didn't HAVE to do this - do you really think I would?"
But then again - some people are so clueless. I also got into a dispute
this past summer with a neighbor over testing in front of her children
at a neighborhood gathering - who would never had noticed what I was
doing until she shouted across the patio "You're not going to do that
HERE, are you?" I was off in a corner but once she drew attention to
me, the whole group turned and stared. I was mighty mad and said - "I
sure am!" I waited until everyone got over themselves and the kids were
out of the vicinity and went about my business. There was absolutely no
reason for this, as I was being discreet. Needless to say, they are not
invited to my next gathering - in my home, because I will not be
chastised for doing what I need to do.
I think we all need to let people around us know that this is a medical
need - not a novelty - how many people have asked if they could test
themselves using your supplies and meter? After hearing from you guys,
I plan to be BUMPIER than ever! I am active in fundraising and would be
willing to speak out to anyone who doesn't get it!
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