7.21.14

You Can’t Say “Shoot Up” At The Dinner Table

Dinner table

A few years ago, I was at dinner with my dear friend who is an Oklahoma Justice.  I can’t recall where we were having dinner, but I am willing to bet it was somewhere swanky.  As the food was en route to our table, I made a comment about shooting up.  She kindly brought to my attention that it was a bit awkward to say “shoot up” at the dinner table especially considering her profession.  Note To Self:  the term shooting up makes others think of intravenous drug abuse, not keeping a T1D alive.

In years past, I would excuse myself to the restroom because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself.  I’m not sure if I was embarrassed or if I feared making others feel uncomfortable.  I am totally over that.

Fast Forward – I would say about 99% of the time I am at peace with whipping out my syringe and dialing up the units.  I now make a comment that I need to give a shot and tell others not to look if they fear needles.  Most of the time, people inquire about the disease and it presents me with an opportunity to educate.

Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ for her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest - whatever that means.

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