Thanks Kelly Kunik!

I dropped my lancing device (a.k.a. my “finger poker”) on the gym floor last week.  The cap that goes over the lancet popped off and skittered away.

I’m on the side of the basketball court, facing the wall.  There’s nothing but empty gym floor to my left, right, and behind me.  I looked and looked and looked, but I could not find the cap to my finger poker.  I was a little amused, because really, where the hell could it have gone?

LancedI wanted to test my blood sugar and get back to playing ball. I stood there trying to figure out what to do, still trying to figure out how this little piece of plastic could just disappear.

Then I thought of Kelly Kunik.I flashed back to the first Roche Social Media Summit, back in the summer of 2009.  It was very common during the meetings to see any one of us pull out our test kit and check our blood sugar.  But when I saw Kelly check hers, I realized just how bad-ass she is.She pulled out her meter, her test strips, and a lancet.  Not a lancing device, not a finger poker, but just the lancet (the light blue thing with the needle in the picture).  She just jabbed her finger with the lancet.  Like…manually.  No spring loaded jabber, no fancy depth settings.  Just her hand and the needle.

Back to the basketball court, and with thanks to K2, I knew what I needed to do.  I checked my blood sugar a couple more times before leaving, and it worked out just fine.

But I still packed a new lancing device into my test kit once I got home.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…