T Minus Two Type Two Diabetes and Other Passions


Diabetes to Go

I haven't been very consistent about making sure that I have a blood glucose test kit with me at all times. I've often kept a kit in my briefcase, which is rarely very far from me, but when I empty out that briefcase for some reason, the kit often doesn't make it back in when I reload. In my current situation, it just doesn't happen often that I want to test when I'm not at home or at work. But I think an experience today may have converted me, and it wasn't even a blood sugar crisis of some kind that did it.

I went to my eye doctors over lunchto pick up my new eyeglasses. The optometrist working with me had me check if the region separating my bifocal lenses was in a good spot. I noticed that I had to hold my chin slightly up in order to read clearly. As we discussed what might be causing that, the optometrist asked me if I'd checked my blood sugar this morning. I hadn't, as it, but I told her that I had no reason to believe that it wasn't a problem range. I would very much have liked to be able to do a quick test to eliminate, or perhaps confirm, my blood sugar as a possible explanation. But I couldn't, because I did not have a test kit with me.

I carry my wallet in my keys with me every time I leave the house, and have done so since I was sixteen years old. A a few years ago, the key card for my workplace joined the always-with-me collection. It would be easy to slip a test kit on to my belt every morning as well. I might not use it often, but I'd always have the option. I'd not be in a position to have to wonder.

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  1. I would feel better if you took a kit with you every day, my friend. So please make it a habit. :)

  2. As someone who only got into the habit a few years ago, I can tell you that it’s well worth it. Always nice to know where you are BG-wise. Thanks

  3. Ditto’ing what the wise and wonderful PLB says above. Though I admit, they (the test kit people) don’t make it terribly convenient! But, as I typed that, I started thinking about key rings, and they are even less convenient… no excuses! :-)

  4. I agree with my three friends (TV Show). Please make it a habit. :)

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