You Try It (testing in the dark)

You need to test your blood sugar.

It’s the middle of the night.

This is what you see.


You have your testing kit. But now what?

You need to get a test strip. Not too hard.

You need to insert the correct end into the meter with the right side up. What’s that? You can’t see? How can you tell if the strip is in right?


Poke your finger and squeeze out a drop of blood. Did your poke work? Do you have enough blood? Do you have TOO MUCH blood? Your not bleeding all over your bedding, are you?


Now apply the blood sample to the correct spot on the strip. What? You can’t see? How will you know if you’re getting the strip anywhere near the drop of blood?


Device manufacturers, I ask you to imagine interacting with your diabetes devices in many different scenarios. Imagine needing to test your blood sugar at 3:00 AM. If you are a parent, imagine needing to test your child’s blood sugar at 3:00 AM. You expect US to be able to pull this off.

Turning on a light is not always feasible.

And what about those who are visually impaired? Aren’t they “testing in the dark” all of the time?

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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