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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Someone's Idea of Torture?

I recently found a picture I took late last summer with my craptacular camera phone.

In this picture you can't make out what I was seeing with my eyes, but let me tell you, it sent a shiver of fear up and down my spine. The picture first, then I'll explain...

I know, I know. You can't see a damn thing. Honest, it's not even worth investigating.

Allow me to set the scene for you.

I was shopping for a cheap suit. I went to one of the local department stores (which will remain nameless), and started picking things off the "budget" rack. I took the clothes into the fitting room to try them on.

I slipped off one of my shoes and glanced down at the floor. As the light bounced off the back of my eyes and my brain registered the data that was coming in, my heart nearly stopped cold in my chest.

Needles (well, actually pins) everywhere. Every damn where. For every square inch of carpeted floor there were between 3-5 pins laying there. Almost so bad that I didn't have anywhere to safely put my diabetic feet without risking an accidental stabbing.

I slipped my foot back in my shoe (after snapping a quick camera phone picture for all of you!) and left the fitting room without trying on a single thing. It just was not worth the exposure.

The clothes were too expensive anyway.


Blogger Shannon said...

I'm always terrified of needles impaling my foot in dressing rooms. I'm sure there's more in men's rooms since the folded shirts are always pinned.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Lyrehca said...

Why didn't you complain to the store manager? Or move to another dressing room?

5:50 PM  
Blogger Windy said...

Oh my stars. That is straight out of a diabetic horror flick! And craptacular is my new favorite word...

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Scott -- This is NOT a funny situation.

But still, can you picture a sharps container in the dressing rooms?

7:37 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

complain to the store manager and force them to place a sharps container in the dressing rooms, I'd like to see this but then they would have to be trained to help the customers and employees use the container rather than throw them on the floor. I bet the prices would only go up then :)

8:47 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I worry about this, too, when I try on clothes. I don't blame you for leaving. Scary stuff!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It's funny how we see things so differently than those without Diabetes. Glad you made it out of there pin coushinless

8:23 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I'm seeing a marketing opportunity here!
Maybe I should invent some "diabetes clothes trying on slippers" to protect diabetic feet from dangerously sharp objects. I could make them out of metal, and spray paint them... :-) hehe!
Glad that you made it out unscathed.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous JB said...

Glad your eagle eye was better than your craptacular camera's.

I've heard of pins and needles sensations, but that's going too far...

Stay safe.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous gina said...


3:25 PM  
Anonymous diabetic neuropathy symptoms said...

this is one for the books! But really, I echo Lyrehca's questions, why didn't you complain?

1:42 PM  
Blogger Kiara Thorne said...

I myself am not a diabetic, but my younger sister has type 1 diabetes. As a child it was always hard to see her getting "sick" and not knowing why. Now that we are both older and understand, It's a little easier and I can help her through it. Having reliable equipment is definitely a stress reliever.

7:05 PM  

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