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  1. The sarcastic medved type2
    The sarcastic medved type2 January 4, 2013 at 4:52 am | | Reply

    As a T2 here, I have thought about injecting through a shirt when I’m out in public. Haven’t done it yet though. :-)

  2. Tim Steinert
    Tim Steinert January 4, 2013 at 5:57 am | | Reply

    I’m a professional musician. I have made a fool of myself so many times in public that very little fazes me. I never inject through clothes EVER. I’m not embarrassed about having a chronic condition that wasn’t caused by anything I did. I also think, just for me, that it’s okay for people to see what I have to do to take care of myself.

    People without diabetes eat EVERYWHERE. Walking, riding the bus, driving their car. I eat, too, so I will inject before I eat wherever I am (I don’t inject while driving, but I will as a passenger or riding the bus).

  3. Puddin
    Puddin January 4, 2013 at 7:14 am | | Reply

    I saw that study conducted in 97 which just confirmed what I had already experienced…i injected (pre pump) through clothes more often than not. After 30+ years of injections and infusion sites I have never had an infection of any sort – but certainly not for lack of trying! I wonder how common they really are?

  4. Judi
    Judi January 4, 2013 at 8:01 am | | Reply

    I have Injected through clothing for my 55 years as a T1 without ever having a problem. Long ago, the needles were much bigger, but even as a kid I did inject through my clothing. I now wear a pump, but sometimes still need to inject with an insulin pen. These tiny needles go through even jeans just fine.

  5. Jay Kauffman
    Jay Kauffman January 4, 2013 at 8:31 am | | Reply

    Had diabetes for 35 years and until I got a pump 2 years ago, I injected through clothes at least half the time, probably a lot more.. Never, ever got an infection or anything else as a result.
    What’s more, and shudder if you like, I usually would use the same needle for two-plus weeks.
    And, I never sterilized with alcohol.
    So if you’re a clean freak, go ahead and do all those things. If not, don’t. It probably makes a small difference, but that’s an extremely small difference imho.


    1. Puddin
      Puddin January 4, 2013 at 9:12 am | | Reply

      Same story for me Jay. It makes me wonder just dirty something in your D life has to be to become a problem?

      1. Veronica
        Veronica January 4, 2013 at 11:41 am | | Reply

        I never injected through clothes (never crossed my mind and I was never embarrassed to “shoot up” in public) but I did use the same needle for a few days. Never got an infection.

  6. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter January 4, 2013 at 9:30 am | | Reply

    Towing the line is like Volga Boatman. Ay nyuknyam, ugh

    Toeing the line is getting one’s toes as close to a line without stepping over it.

    Read the same in a Bette Midler interview years ago.

  7. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter January 4, 2013 at 9:38 am | | Reply

    I inject through pantyhose now I’m back on MDI and can once again wear a dress. Still using the syringes and pen needles I had before switching to a pump 6 years ago. As syringes and pen needles get slimmer and shorter, I wonder if injecting through anything thicker will still work?

  8. Scott Benner
    Scott Benner January 4, 2013 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    I did that all if the time when Arden was in MDI. Now that she’s older when we (rarely) inject she doesn’t want me to do it. She thinks its weird.

    Nice write up Mike!

  9. Kelly
    Kelly January 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm | | Reply

    It’s funny you write about this. We went to Friends for Life this past year. The football player was talking about testing during a game and needing a correction and they had to inject through his clothes. Right away a person from the insulin company- they were sponsoring him- said Hmmmm we don’t recommend this at all!! I think she was little flustered. Should it be done probably not, but if it works why not.

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  11. Carrie
    Carrie January 11, 2013 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    I’ve injected through my clothes for many years with no issues at all – the controversy around blunting needles can be easily remedied by changing them more often :) it’s far quicker & easier in public :)

  12. sathish kumar
    sathish kumar February 28, 2013 at 12:25 am | | Reply

    like this blog

  13. Eva
    Eva April 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm | | Reply

    I sometimes inject through my clothes because i don’t like to roll up my pants(or try!)and its easier than trying to push up tight clothes. wonderful comments and website!

  14. Linda Engesser
    Linda Engesser September 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm | | Reply

    I am a type 1 diabetic (for 54 years). The last 5 years, I have cut corners by using the same syringe or Lancet several times. I also am using an omnipod pump which I love and I bolus 5-216 times a day…at least. I USED to think like you. NO LONGER! This past year I got sepsis and was hospitalized for 87 days….almost died. Also, I had acute kidney failure,respiratory failure, a tranche, a feeding tube…the whole 9 yards… a rare pneumonia that usually only Aids patience get. (I don’t have aids.) I am writing this to tell you a little understood fact. …a systemic blood disorder, even severe sepsis can come from reusing syringes. I also took unused insulin from my newly expired pump and put it into a new pump. Did you also know recinjecting insulin into an insulin bottle is the perfect environment for bacterial growth? I am back to using alcohol ( though no longer recommended by the AD A and am not reusing ANYTHING? I think theses unknown source of infections is from becoming a “sloppy” diabetic. Don’t become one. It can happen gradually to you by seeking understood convenience, $ saving and tips from even the companies that produce the supplied. I wish you all the best. I know sometimes you have to do what you can to live with diabetes. 100′s of diabetics died last year according too CNN by reusing needles….diabetics, not addicts. I wish you the best!

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