I’ve always been a wiper — a blood wiper, that is.
Never a licker, or someone who rubs my fingers together after a glucose test to get rid of the excess blood.
Nope, in my 30 years of doing blood tests, my routine has typically been to just wipe my finished finger on the inside of my meter case. Occasionally, I’ve used tissues, a paper towel, or even the bottom of my comfy office chair.
This might sound gross to some. But then again, for many fellow type 1 diabetics, a few drops of blood just aren’t a big deal anymore — considering we poke our fingers so many times a day.
But now, there’s a handy new product that gives us glucose-testers a more sanitary way to do away with that extra blood on our fingers. It’s called Diabetic Dabs, and was created by a Massachusetts D-Mom named Liz Sacco. She’s created a little “Small But Mighty“ business out of these dabs and is getting some pretty snazzy reviews by those in the Diabetes Community.
Liz started this all after her oldest of four sons, David, was diagnosed in March 2011 at 9 years old. While helping him with fingerstick tests, she realized they were having a constant struggle to find a clean and easy way for him to wipe off excess blood — not to mention a way to prevent him from wiping the blood on his pants!
Necessity being the mother of invention, Liz came up with an idea for little matchbook-sized pads of non-toxic, highly-absorbent sheets that tear away after each use (or a few, in my case). Like Post-It note pads, these have an adhesive back that you can peel away and stick onto any blood glucose kit to carry with you easily. Liz says this invention made David’s daily testing process a lot easier and cleaner and his clothes stayed blood-free.
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