I was at 7-Eleven getting a sugar free mango Slurpee. As I stood in line I had the odd feeling someone was staring at me. I turned and noticed the man next to me was staring at my pump tubing. Normally I keep all the tubing carefully tucked under my clothes. But, I've noticed that my pump tubing is magnetically attracted to door knobs. It has a way of sneaking out from under my shirt when I move. That's what happened in the store.
I don't like being stared at. I have a few strategies that help. Saying, "Hello," may be the easiest one. Smiling like I'm on stage and doing the Miss America wave is another. When I'm in a bad mood, I have said, "Take a picture it lasts longer." And, "If you stare long enough I might do a trick."
Still, I believe staring comes from a place of curiosity rather than a desire to be rude. Humans are curious by nature, drawn to things we haven't seen before. Noticing the unusual can save your life if there happens to be a cobra in your room. The man next to me in the store was trying to figure out what on earth that plastic tube was for. I had a moment where I could have pulled out my pump and explained it to him. Or, I could have paid for my Slurpee and left. I chose to leave.
When it comes to dealing with diabetes and MG some of my medical needs are obvious, but that does not make them any less private. I am entitled to a private life, just like everyone else. Even when my pump tubing is sticking out from under my shirt and searching for the nearest doorknob.