Monday, April 11, 2011

Testing Myself

I do not have diabetes, nor does either Type 1 or Type 2 run in my family.  Yet, I test my blood sugar from time to time.

Not being the most coordinated of people, I've accidentally poked myself with a lancet more times than I'd care to admit.  Sometimes it's when I'm trying to slide the device into the elastic loop in the carrying case.  Sometimes it's when I'm changing the lancet.  I've also done it while trying to fish spare change out of the sharps container (which we no longer keep next to the piggy bank), and while picking used lancets out of the well in the car door my daugher uses as a repository for test strips and occasional other items in need of disposal.  So on those occasions, if the meter and a strip are nearby, I check things out.

I've also tested on purpose. Sometimes it's to check the accuracy of the meter.  Yes, I know they make control solution for that, but mine expired many, many years ago.  So if it seems we're getting into a string of weird numbers, I'll use my own blood as "homemade" control solution.  I've also tested a few times because I've felt "weird."  Inexplicably tired, thirsty, dizzy and lightheaded are all symptoms which have led me to check. 

Generally, I've come out with what I would consider stellar numbers if I were checking my daughter's blood, and for that, I'm very grateful.

 There was once, though, when I was 70.  I know that's fine, especially just before lunch.  But I poured myself a swig of juice, just to be sure.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting, I never thought about checking my own to make sure its accurate.
    I may try that.

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