Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Letter Writing Day

Letter writing day - Tuesday 5/10: In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition.  You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further.  How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them.  How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams?  Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes.  Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were.  Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.

Dear Test Strip,

You are small, yet you are mighty.  You carry the weight of my world, plus one droplet of blood, on your skinny little shoulders.  In mere seconds, you can deliver wonderful news.  Or news that makes me frown.  You can be the deciding factor between a nice dinner with my husband, or no dinner and a few big glasses of water.  Other times, you force me to eat even though I’m not the least bit hungry.

 Oh test strip, sometimes you even love to toy with me.  You’ll give me a number that seems highly unlikely - so unlikely I burst out laughing in your face. (Remember that 16 you flashed last week?  Yeah, that.)  So I’ll call on one of your buddies for a more reasonable result.  (That’s right - my blood sugar was low but way way way higher than 16!!)

I know, I know, little test strip.  You think I’m being a bit unfair.  Yes, most of the time you tell the truth.  I shouldn’t really harp on a few “jokes” here and there.  You rule my day, you guide my insulin dosing, you help me time and time again.  When you come right down to it, test strip, you are priceless.

But really, do you have to cost so darn much??

Don’t forget to add your post to the Letter writing day-Tuesday 5/10 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.


  1. I found one in between my t-shirt & tank top the other day. Hanging out on my "shelf". No clue how it got there. I just looked down and there it was. Lol

  2. Love it, lol especially the final punch line :-) Thank you

  3. HA! AND a freakin' 16 is "CrAzY"! So much rides on those little buggers. You chose your letter recipient well my friend... wish I could say the same :)

  4. Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh, Karen! :)

  5. So true....every single word of it!

    I'm loving all the posts I've read so far today! Thanks again for coordinating this awesome week for all us D-bloggers!!!

  6. Thanks for doing this D-Blog Week thing! I'm enjoying it, even though the letter-writing experience made me cry...

  7. 16!! Holy heart attack. That wasnt nice of Mr. TS

  8. I wrote about test strips today, too. :)

    16??? The scare from that alone was probably enough to send your BG plummeting!

    I wish test strips were cheaper, too! So pricey!

  9. Test strips are what, about a dollar a strip? I used to have that all figured out back in the day but now I look at my vials of gold and just know I am hello expensive!


  10. I just want Test Strip to know that I'm not cutting it any slack for Error 5.

    Life doesn't work that way, Test Strip. You don't get to cruise through the days and then decide to plead the 5th out of nowhere when someone is counting on you.

    Man up, Test Strip.

    Error 5 is going DOWN!

  11. Funny and great letter, Karen! Between yours and the stalking Army of Test Strip Zombies, it's a free for all from these little strips that play such an important role in our D-Lives. Thanks for this!

  12. lol NICE! and so true! great job :)

  13. I love it! "You are priceless, but do you have to cost so darn much!" Thanks for the laugh!

  14. Very clever and creative Karen. Aren't you just tickles by the number of participants?
    I'm already carpal tunneled out, but will keep on trying.

  15. Very cute! Great Letter my friend.

  16. Fantastic! Wish I'd though of that :)

    Thanks Karen. DBlog week is so much fun!

  17. LOVE. This.
    Well done, Karen.

    So freakin' true!! ALL of it! Gratefully and sadly.

  18. LOL love it!

    16 omg I think J and I wouldve both passed out!

    I am loving all the posts my hands hurt and my eyes burn but so worth it!! Thank you!

  19. I love this post - test strips are stalkers and control freaks! They follow me everywhere I go. A light-hearted post that I really enjoyed reading :)
    The last line 'But really, do you have to cost so darn much??' also made me realise how incredibly lucky us UK diabetics are to get our test-strips, insulin and monitors free on the NHS. Not only was this post funny, but really enlightening too. Thank you for this and D-Blog week! :)


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