Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Changer of lancets
I admit it, I'm a lancet changer.
It's only once a day, in the morning.
And even that, the once a day, I feel guilty about.
Cause Grace checks, on average, 8-10 times a day.
8-10 uses for one lancet. Yuck, come to think of it.
I should change it every time, I know.
I'm gonna try and improve and get it up to two times a day. Honest.
Yet, whenever I have a D-meetup with other PWDs it's kind of the laugh-around-the-table fact that people don't change their lancets very often. I mean, as in weeks, months and years not very often. And often people joke about who has had the longest-serving lancet in their device. Often it's badge of honor to see who can't remember the last time they changed their lancet.
My last Philly Focus Group, sitting around the table with 6 people with diabetes, the biggest laugh came when one man said it had been years since he changed his lancet. He was serious folks. I chuckled, but honestly, I thought, how disgusting. It's like he never considered they become dull, hurt more and frankly, are dirty.
I'm not professing to 'get it' cause I don't.
I KNOW there are a zillion and one things to remember when it comes to diabetes care. I KNOW.
I KNOW it's one more thing to do, one more thing to remember, one more thing to be responsible for.
But isn't it just healthier to change the lancet folks? I mean, of all the things we DO for our kids or ourselves if we have diabetes, this one just breaks the bank? Too time consuming? Too hard? Shortage of lancets around? Too complex to master? Honest? Really?
I'm not sure why I am even blogging about it, it seems judge-y of me to consider whether or not people change their lancets. You want to use a lancet that's a year old and dull and hurts more than a new one? Go ahead. Just not our thing. Call me judge-y. Go ahead.
All I ask is that next time everyone sits around the table comparing when they last changed their lancets, the badge of honor should go to the people who actually do it.
Posted by Penny at 3:01 PM