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.

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