Test Strips

A recent post by Penny over at my son has diabetes mentioned test strips, and how they are everywhere. Even somehow following her husband to work! She’s right – these things are everywhere!!

It made me think of a couple things that I find a little funny, in a weird diabetes kind of way (we do have a different sense of humor don’t we?).

perfectly camouflaged sea creature

I’ll never find it…

1) I have a “diabetes drawer”. Actually, I have a few of them, but this drawer in particular is where I keep my meter that I use when at home. The test strips never quite make it into the trash, but rather pile up by the thousands in the drawer itself. Every now and again I’ll clean it out, but it’s usually very full of used test strips. This is usually not a very big deal – but one day I accidentally dropped my unused test strip into the pile of used strips. I looked at the pile of strips for a minute, and pretty much wrote off the unused strip as being lost, thinking “how in the hell am I going to figure out which of the thousand strips was the one I just dropped?!”

2) Have you ever been out and about, and seen a discarded test strip somewhere? Did you get a small kick out of just recognizing what it is? Did you send a little silent “shout out” to that anonymous fellow diabetic out there somewhere?

Those are a couple of test strip things that make me grin or chuckle. I’m quite sure you all have some very good stories to share! Consider the comments section officially open! Grand prize for the best story is one used test strip… (your choice – accu-chek, one touch or freestyle).

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Nice to know that it’s not just me. I was beginning to think I was just a slob. Why can’t new test strips multiply like the used ones seem to do?


I have them roaming around unsupervised in my car.

I find them in the cat litter.

When I was on the elliptical machine at the gym, I saw one on the floor. (Yes, I picked it up.)

Chris woke up with one stuck to his face.

My cat ate one in a fit of feline curiosity.

And this morning there was one in my shoe.


I’ve found them everywhere. In the dryer, in the tub, on the cat, in the dog’s bowl, in the driveway…everywhere. I once found a bottle of unused test strips in the lobby of the apartment where I lived. I left it on the stairwell. The guy upstairs stopped me the next day to thank me, said he had no insurance and had to pay for them himself, which explains why the ambulance was at the building so often. The funny (well, funny may not be the right word here) thing is that it wasn’t a month later that Olivia was… Read more »

I think beautiful is on the something. The recyclable test strip. Spray on a little rejuvenation fluid and your good to go. The irony is it would probably cost about $1.00 per strip to use.


My favorite new place to find the used strips is in the garden – rught where the dryer hose vents :-). I’m adding white marble chip rocks there now – maybe those strips will start to blend in !!

I’m grateful my son checks bg enough to find the trail. I think he also puts them in the cat litter on purpose.