The strange things people ask

By | 21 July, 2011

People come to ShootUp from many places. Tim and I harangue most poor souls that we meet into visiting the site at least once. Some people find us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. And lots of people come to us via the magic of an internet search engine. While most people search for the routine stuff of living with diabetes, insulin pumps, CGM, diabetes blogs etc others get to us via more unusual searches. I thought it would only be polite to answer a few of our most recent queries:

• Why would you shoot up insulin? Generally to avoid dying, that’s the main benefit to me.
• How does diabetic coma affect my driving? I would imagine it makes it very hard to see where you’re going, operate the car or change channel on the radio.
• Robinsons juice bottle dimensions. I like to use a Robinson’s juice bottle as a makeshift sharps container, but I’ve never been diligent enough to measure it. Sorry.
• Diabetes pimping questions. I’m impressed that you’re doing research into your chosen career path. If you’re looking to start working as a pimp for the pancreatically challenged, you do need to know the key questions you’ll be expected to answer in that line of work.
• Pigs butchered insulin. How dare they. Do they not realise what a precious resource insulin is?
• Pictures of arms that have been injected. Ok, I don’t want to judge, everyone has their own thing, but really, the interweb is full of a huge variety of images. I can’t believe that’s the thing you want to see more than any other?
• Why do men still expect you to swing from the lampshades? Ah, that old question. It’s a never ending mystery.
• Monopoly by Medtronic. Cool, this must be their new board game, hot on the heels of Buckeroo by Bayer and Suduko by Sanofi.
• Lake Geneva drownings. Don’t tell me those puppy drowners have been at it again?
• What can I shoot up to get high? No, you’ve misunderstood. Eat sugar to get high, shoot up insulin to get low.

Hopefully that’s cleared up a few of the most important questions facing the pancreatically challenged population at this time. Sometimes we’re so helpful, I think we should be a public service.

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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

4 thoughts on “The strange things people ask

  1. Annette A

    Monopoly by Medtronic – the Diabetes version…
    MioFair, Paradigm Road, Cannula Street, Veo Street, Occlusion Street, Enlite Road, ‘Go to Jail’ would have to be ‘DKA’, Utilities – keep Waterworks for obvious reasons, but replace Electric Company with CGM…
    Chance cards – you could have one that said ‘You have had a day with no blood sugars below 4 or above 8, collect £200’ or maybe a ‘Get out of DKA by injecting just the right amount of insulin just in time’.

  2. Mike

    Great stuff.. I must make a note of some of mine. All far to boring at the mo.. Puppy drowning is a classic. I’m off to pimp my fruit pastilles..

  3. Annette A

    @Tim – I tried that once, but it’s anti-naughtiness filter works overtime… I wanted to call one entry SpiceBall park (the gym I used to use), and it wouldnt let me because it sounded like it might be rude…


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