I have determined that I’m not cut out to be a tough skinned diabetic. Why? Sticking my finger hurts. I have always had extremely sensitive skin. If I scratch, it turns bright red and stays that way for while. When I started sticking myself, and reading blogs, it seemed a point of pride as to how long people used their lancet. So I thought, I can do that. And I did, for almost 4 whole years now. But recently I found myself flinching as I got ready to test. I stood in the kitchen the other day and thought, why? I have boxes of those sharp little pointy things. I paid for them (co-paid), so I should use them. I use the Accu-Chek Multiclix, a cool little sticker. It’s on depth #2 which apparently is somewhat unusual, but then, I’ve only been at this almost 4 years. I’m now using a new one more often, I’m not flinching and guess it’s working.
The injections don’t hurt. Everyone told me that and they’re not bad at all, yet…
Each time I test, I think of all of you who have been testing your blood for so many, many years. Each time I test I remind myself of the very young children who are just beginning their lives with diabetes. Each time I test I think of the people throughout the world that are not able to test due to financial difficulties or lack of supplies. So I flinch and stick.
A question. My comments are moderated and for the most part, I’ve received very few odd ones. But today I found this:
Hi Colleen,I’m an academic physician (formerly at Harvard and Stanford) who found your blog while looking for the best health writers. I think your writing is great! I would like to feature you in the Diabetes Type 1 Community on Wellsphere, a top 10 health website that has well over 2 million visitors monthly. If you would like to learn more, just drop me an email to Dr.Rutledge@deleted
I did go to the website. I have to be honest though, between my own list of favorite blogs that I have listed on Bloglines, dLife, Diabetes Daily and Tu Diabetes, I have more than enough to read. And I’m lucky when I get my own blog updated about once a week. Does anyone know more about this site?
And finally, a dad update. He’s doing okay and very much enjoyed a visit from most of us on Saturday of Christmas week. He told another visitor that his family had been there on Christmas Day to spend some time with him. I’m happy that he’s happy, even if he had the wrong day. Hey, for him, it was Christmas and so all was great! He will celebrate his 87th birthday this month. He’s quite awed that he is the only surviving sibling of seven kids.