Diabetes Blog Week: One Thing to Improve


Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

Oy! One small thing is tricky when you think in terms of big things you would like to overhaul. For example:

  • Revolutionize my diet to be super plant-filled and low-carb and awesome
  • Get a grip on my blood sugars during exercise so that I never have issues during long runs EVER
  • Stop stuffing fistfuls of crackers and peanut butter in my face for lows and carry glucose tabs like a civilized person
  • Find a replacement pancreas and self-transplant already


So here’s one baby thing: change my pen needles every day. Maybe the BD lady at TCOYD last year in Albany was just trying to scare me into buying more of her product, but she solemnly informed me that if you use a pen needle more than a few times, there’s a 61% margin of error in the amount of insulin delivered. SIXTY FREAKING ONE PERCENT!

Whether it’s true or not, you know how it gets when you don’t swap out your needles: bruises, hissing curses at your desk when you’re shooting up for lunch, and wacky BGs that could very well be due to 73% insulin actually going in for the kill. Plus, I can’t stand that feeling when the needle is so blunt that injecting yourself like you’re shoving a butter knife through your grandmother’s congealed meatloaf. It really is that gross.

So I’m going to try to change my pen needles every day. Okay, maybe every 2 days.

And maybe “Blunt Needle” should be the cover band to Blunt Lancet, eh?

2 thoughts on “Diabetes Blog Week: One Thing to Improve

  1. oh i remember that feeling all too well..the butter knife through meatloaf was just a little to perfect of an analogy. :D i saw your blog name on the #DBlogWeek link list and just knew i had to visit. i love the name and from what i have read, love the blog. so, hello new friend!

    • Hi Shay! Thanks for coming by and reading. I’ve seen your name around before….nice to “meet” you now :D

      I’m guessing you’re pumping now, and therefore don’t have to deal with butter knife meatloaf? ;)

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