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Sweet Little Lancet.

Sweet little lancet
You are so damn tough.
I keep you until
All your edges are rough,
Until your sharp peak
Becomes dull and harpoons.
Oh sweet little lancet,
I will change you soon.

Sweet little lancet,
You deploy with a thud.
It can take several tries
To get you to draw blood.
And at that point, you’d think,
I’d wise up and swap out.
But sweet little lancet,
You should have your doubts.

Sometimes I forget
I have a vast collection.
No need to reuse!
I’m inviting infection.
I should change you out
Before you get strange,
But it takes a reminder
(Like when the clocks change.)

Sweet little lancet,
I respect what you do.
My supply closet’s stashed
With an army of you.
But in the event
There’s a cure that’s clever,
I’ll repurpose your ass;
I’ll have thumbtacks forever.

How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)

source: Type 1 Diabetes Memes

(Taking a cue from Glu today because when this post rolled through my feed, I was like, “Hmmm.  A lot now, but before?  NEVER!!”)

Every single time there’s a new meme about changing the lancet in a finger pricker device (nope, that is not the technical term), I laugh because they are all true in that “whoops” sort of way.

Upstairs in the bathroom closet, I have boxes and boxes of lancets for all kinds of different poker devices (again, not the technical term).  All different sizes and shapes and gauges … years and years worth of lancets for half a dozen different devices.  (Except The Guillotine.  That thing was retired decades ago, thank goodness.)  And the reason I have so many lancets stashed?  I went years without regularly changing my lancet.

Gross.  I know.  And I’ve seen that photo of what a needle looks like before use, after one use, and after six uses and yes, it grosses me right the hell out.  But for a long, long time, I changed my lancet once a month.  Maybe once a week, depending.  And I only changed it if it didn’t procure a good blood droplet or if it went into my fingertip and got “stuck.”  (You know what I mean … when you press the button and the lancet deploys, only it lodges itself into your fingertip and has a weird suction feeling when it pulls out?  Horribly horrible.)  Lancet swapping-out was a shameful non-priority for a long time.

Two things made me start changing my lancet regularly:

ONE.  A friend told me about how she’d heard a story about a person with diabetes whose fingertips were downright gangrenous because they didn’t change their lancet.  “Ew, really?”  “Really.”  And even though I stand firmly on the “hope vs. fear” motivation concept, this story about mostly-dead fingertips made me want to throw up.  Then I started searching the Internet for information on needle reuse and the photos made me want to apologize profusely to all my digits.  I had no idea how nasty and serrated the needle edges became after just one use.  I thought about all the times I had injected syringes through my jeans in high school.  I thought about how a box of lancets could last me two years.  I thought about how gross I was.  Gross, gross, groooooosssssss.

TWO.  And then I explored lancing device options.  I had heard really good things about the Accu-Chek Multiclix (mostly from Sara, because she frigging loves hers), and the device was snazzy because it comes with a drum of lancets that automagically swap out, but the size of the thing was too big for the case I kept my meter in.  Switching to the One Touch Delica was the winner, for me, because the lancet gauge is so thin that I’m forced to change it regularly because otherwise, I don’t bleed.  (It becomes that dance of pull back the device, press the button, nothing happens, repeat 10x, change lancet and curse.)  Like it or not, I have to change my lancet regularly or the device becomes useless.

Now I change my lancet once a day.  Every day.  And every time I kill a box of lancets, I feel accomplished because in the last four years, I’ve gone through at least two dozen boxes.

In the 20+ years prior?  Probably the same number of lancet boxes.

 

 

Friday Six, Plus a Few.

We have more than six items here, but who’s counting?  (Me, and clearly not that well.)  Onward!

I have had this song stuck in my head for over two weeks, and a Doritos commercial is to blame.  The hitchhiking banana doesn’t hurt.

We need less than 200 signatures to hit the 5,000 mark on this petition to put diabetes on the FDA discussion docket.  Let’s push this one over the edge today!

diaTribe has an incredible article about the bionic pancreas on task at summer camp in this month’s issue.  “When teenagers are happily volunteering to do extra work, it’s safe to say we’re dealing with something special.”

Need a cute way of reminding yourself to change your lancet?  Lancet the Pug can help.

Watching this made me cringe, because I’m guilty of doing this sometimes, and also because that lady is left hanging on the high-five.

Pregnancy is beautiful. And a woman’s body remains beautiful after giving birth (despite society telling women that they need to shed the baby weight the day after having the kid and if they don’t, they are somehow ruined). This project is very cool.

Is healthcare America’s forgotten civil right?  Forbes takes a look.

Melissa writes about The Thicker Envelope this week, talking about the possibility of a celiac diagnosis in her household.  If you have tips and resources to offer, please do.

Unicorn cookbook?!

TCOYD has some conferences coming up this fall that you may want to check out.  The conference is coming to Worcester, MA in September and Omaha, NE in October.   While I’m sorry to be missing the Worcester (downright local, by New England standards) conference, I’m looking forward to visiting Omaha.

Chris Snider’s Just Talking podcast hits up the founders of A Sweet Life.

Thank goodness Sara(aah) took her sensor off at the 27 day mark.  She missed zombie-hood by one day.

Do you use at-home A1C tests?  Elizabeth takes the Reli-On version for a ride.

I follow kale on Twitter, and I can’t stop.  Example of why:

Can’t argue with kale.  Have a good weekend!

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