Test Strips, Test Strips EVERYWHERE!

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Test Strips, Test Strips EVERYWHERE!

June 21, 2010

Hello Sisters!  I don’t have any updates on the organization this week, but I hope to have some news to share soon.  I will be leaving for the ADA Scientific Sessions in Orlando on Friday.  I will be attending Roche’s Social Media Summit in Tuesday.  Then, I will be attending the Children with Diabetes Conference in Orlando.  I have a BUSY week ahead!   Please let me know if any of you are attending any of these meetings and maybe we can meet up.  I can’t wait to report back on the exciting happenings of the week.

This past week, I have given a lot of thought to test strips.  Why test strips?  Because they seem to be everywhere…not new ones…but, used test strips..in my purse, on my kitchen floor, on my bedroom floor, in my car, everywhere!  When we flew to Disney last week, I noticed my husband reaching for something in my seat as I was leaving the plane.  When I looked to see what was in his hand, it was used test strips!  I’ve noticed him picking them up a lot lately…which got me thinking about it.  I am used to test strips with dried blood and my husband is used to them as well.  However, for someone who doesn’t have diabetes or doesn’t know anything about it, bloody test strips are probably pretty gross.  Sometimes it’s important to take a step out of our world and think about what diabetes looks like from an outsider’s perspective.   In fact, I have given lots of thought to a solution of the “used test strip problem.”  Unfortunately, I am not always in a location to throw away each and every test strip right when I am finished testing.  This often results in an overabundance of test strips in my meter case, which eventually spill out into my car, my purse, and all kinds of other locations.  I wish something could be invented that would ‘corral’ the test strips in our meter case…maybe something like a magnet that would store the used strips until we were ready to empty out our meter case or even a simple “used strip container” to keep in the meter case and empty when ready to do so.  I’ve tried keeping an old test strip bottle in my meter case, but then I get the used strips mixed up with the new strips.  Hmmm… Maybe I could just color code the used test strip vial with a sticker!