July’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast features a new segment titled, “How I Met My Meter” featuring Mr. Divabetic’s Digital Divas. Since our podcast aired we’ve been receiving numerous e-mails from people with diabetes sharing their “How I Met My Meter” stories.
Here’s the “How I Met My Meter” story by Judith Jones-Ambrosini who is the author of the Sisterhood of Diabetes.
“Approximately twenty years after diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in 1962 I met my first home blood glucose monitor. It was such an overwhelming occasion – a great gift. My Glucometer gave me the power to test my own blood glucose at home or anywhere I felt like doing it instead of going to the doctor’s office where he pricked my sensitive fingers with a guillotine-like lancet.
Yes that first Glucometer called for calibrating, wiping off blood drops with a cotton ball as part of the procedure, recharging batteries and waiting impatiently for the 60 seconds to tick down to get a number. But, it really was quite an epiphany for this girl who had become used to slicing Clinitest strips into 3 or 4 pieces to get more tests out of each strip. I also remember the frustration of not getting a big enough drop of blood to make the test work. But despite its bulkiness and weight I became quickly enamored by my first Glucometer.
There have been many more meters through the years and yes, they are more accurate, faster, cheaper, don’t require calibration and are sleek and lightweight with streamlined cases — but I will always have a place in my heart for the first awkward, boxy, somewhat daunting Glucometer that changed the way I managed my diabetes. It gave me the power to know my numbers and act on them in a flash. After over a half century of living with diabetes I think of technology being our “cure” today with all its sophisticated advances and accuracy that make living with diabetes almost a cakewalk. However if it weren’t for that first Glucometer, who knows where we would be now.”
Checking your blood sugar is one of the best ways to know how well your diabetes treatment plan is working which is why your meter is so important. The main goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels in the normal or near-normal range which is why the relationship with your blood glucose meter is so important. E-mail your “How I Met My Meter” stories to: email@example.com
BUY NOW: Judith Jones- Ambrosini’s fabulous book, The Sisterhood of Diabetes features 44 true-life stories of women with diabetes-the challenges they faced and the adventures they took — available on Amazon. The message of SISTERHOOD OF DIABETES is to live your dreams with diabetes, or any other challenges, with a positive attitude and inspired determination.
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