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Re: [IPk] Dress and holidays



Mary
I agree that it's a shame people think that way (and I am in know way
defending them!) but it's a sad fact that injecting in public does make
other people uncomfortable and in turn makes me uncomfortable, it's one
reason I really like the pump (especially the D-tron) because it's so easy
to push a button through your clothes without anyone noticing - so no more
searching for toilets in the middle of Oxford Circus for me.  When that
person made a comment at my work it made me quite upset but I didn't say
anything and it certainly made me keep quiet about my diabetes - perhaps I'm
just not as brave as some of you. It's funny that only on  holiday I was
relaxed enough to let people notice attaching and reattaching but I was
suprised at the number of people who did comment on it (one being a very
nice german chap who's six year old daughter had diabetes, and then I was
only too happy to demonstrate all the functions of the pump).
Re-educating peope would be nice, but is it really possible?
Zoe


----- Original Message -----
From: "paulleonard" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 9:02 PM
Subject: [IPk] Dress and holidays


> Re: Dress and holidays
>
> Zoe, I agree with your point, and none of us wants to be impolite. I
didn't
> intend to imply otherwise.  However there are differences (nose-picking
and
> some other frowned-on habits have hygiene implications, for example) and
there
> is a principle here, a bit like the "breastfeeding in public" issue.
> (Personally, I don't understand why we're all so coy about our bodies and
> their functions.  I rescinded my original point because it was taken out
of
> context, but I personally am furious that issues about intravenous drug
> abusers have caused so many problems to innocent users of syringes and
needles
> such as diabetics.)  On many occasions I've jabbed at the table when
eating
> out, and nobody has ever noticed let alone complained.  Subtlety is
important,
> as is the knowledge that most people are more interested in themselves
than
> you, provided you're not dancing on the table top!  If you don't expose an
> intimate part of your body in a blatantly obvious manner, it should be
> perfectly accepable to jab (or detach / reattach your pump) anywhere
that's
> physically possible (let's face it, you might have to!), so toilets might
be
> the only acceptable place but there should be lots of others!
>
> Mary
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