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[IP] BE LOUD, BE PROUD...TEST IN PUBLIC
I was so glad to see the responses to this thread. About a month ago I was
working at a meeting where I pretty much sat at the "hospitality desk" and
helped out our attendees. One morning I was testing my blood sugar very
early when no one was around, and my boss approached me and told me I needed
to do "those kinds of things" in the bathroom because our attendees might
think I was doing something else. I was still on shots then. She has seen
me give shots and test my blood before, but that comment made it sound like
SHE had a problem with it, so I asked her if she did. She said no, but
someone else might. I asked if anyone had said something to her; she said
no, but they might. It made me angry. I also ask friends to look away if
they have a problem with watching me test my sugar or inject myself, and feel
that if people have a problem with it or don't like it, they should look away.
No one has ever objected (except for an exboyfriend who would turn pale at
the sight of a needle and broke up with me because of this), and not many of
them even look away; they're fascinated by it.
I was so angry at my boss that I was tempted to contact someone about the
Americans with Disabilities Act, because I have also had problems at these
meetings I work where I'm supposed to be at this Hospitality Desk full-time
and not leave it unattended, but I've needed to eat. If I need to eat, I go
ahead and eat. After this meeting, my boss told me that was "unprofessional"
too and that I needed to find her to watch the Desk while I go and eat
something. (Going to find her means I would be away from the Desk, too, but
she didn't have an answer for that, just that I shouldn't eat at the
Hospitality Desk.) I never did contact anyone about it but I am still
tempted. I am very conscious of not being obvious about what I am doing when
I test or inject; I make a point of doing it as quickly as I can as invisibly
as I can. I understand Megan's point of respecting people, and that is how I
do it. I would much rather do that than go into a dirty restroom.
Now that I am on the pump, I think it will be a little easier, but I still
plan to test when I need to, where I need to. Sorry this is so long.
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