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Change Your Lancet.

This morning I woke up
And reached right over to the table.
Grabbing my receiver,
I saw my blood sugars stable.
Meter confirmation
Showed a 107 number
And that things had been quite steady
Overnight, while I did slumber.

(“While I did slumber?”
Yes, I used that phrase despite it sounding formal.
It’s fun to turn a stodgy phrase
To make sleep sound less normal.

“Okay, go on and tell you story,”
Thanks.  I almost blew it.)

I noticed, when I pricked my finger
That the lancet got stuck into it.

It was gross.  There was a shunk
As the lancet then deployed.
And the OUCH when it went in
Had me less shocked than quite annoyed.
Because I CHANGED that stupid lancet
Just the day before the last!
It wasn’t stale or all that old.
How dare it give my thumb such blast?

And not only did it sting
But the em effer didn’t bleed.
In order to check sugars,
“Change the lancet” was the need.

I gave it glance with both my eyes
After I took the lancet out
The tip looked worse for wear.
So what the hell – I swapped it out.

I tried again, this time determined
Not to let the prick be useless.
I resolved to change my lancet more
Lest diabetes think I’m truceless.
When the needle went in my finger
I squeezed it for a spell.
And blood came from the wound.
… and from a random spot as well.

What’s the moral of the story?
How can I work my D smarter?
Here’s advice for all the ages:
Change your lancet, or squeeze harder.


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dan #

    Hi Kerri,
    I found your post to be interesting. It brought bace the old times. I started with ground glass syringes and permanent steel needles. They were boiled in water. Now the steel needles. They were sharpened with my Mother’s find nail files. The burrs which would develop after multiple usage really hurt and made a mess. That is what I remember and that keeps me on track to change a disposable lancet. Sharp is cool and dull hurts.
    Thanks for the reminder and as always have a great day. Oh, btw welcome back!


    08/21/15; 1:14 pm
  2. Sally Numrich #

    Another “wait I did what I was suppose to do, how did this happen?” Don’t we all love how diabetes follows the rules. I was like many who would never change the lancets. But than I thought I have 100’s and 100’s of them so I might as well use them. So I change them everytime I change my infusion set. Every 3 days all my sharps go into the bucket and I’m ready to take on he next 3 days. Love reading your posts and thanks for giving some great ideas and lots of laughs.

    08/21/15; 3:20 pm

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