How does one contain those little droplets that get everywhere? For a while I stashed a tissue in my meter case, ripping off small pieces to wipe my fingertips after each test. Yes, it worked. But yes, I also started to find tiny messy tissue shards everywhere. So I was intrigued when an email from Diabetic Dabs landed in my inbox.
Diabetic Dabs are small pads of absorbent sheets to wipe up those little blood droplets. Here’s a bit of background from the company:
“Liz Sacco, the founder and inventor of Diabetic Dabs, is a mother to four boys, including David who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011. While helping David with his blood glucose tests, Liz realized there was a constant struggle to find a clean and easy way for her son to wipe off the excess blood from his finger, and prevent him from wiping the blood on his pants. Two years later, Liz developed Diabetic Dabs.
Diabetic Dabs are non-toxic, highly absorbent sheets that are designed to fit conveniently into any blood glucose testing kit. With Diabetic Dabs, David’s daily testing process got easier, and his clothes stayed blood-free.
Liz believes that if she can relieve just one worry from the lives of diabetics or their parents, she’s succeeded.”
I was intrigued, so I happily accepted a sample to test out and TWO MORE TO GIVE AWAY! Let me tell you, for someone as OCD about wiping her blood as I am, these Dabs are a dream come true. They suck up those droplets like nobody’s business, leaving my clothes (and cat) blood stain free. They are generously sized to even handle those gushers. For a normal finger prick I find ripping off about a fourth of the sheet is very easy and absorbs perfectly - without leaving behind that pesky tissue shard fuzz. Each pad of Dabs comes with an adhesive backing so you can stick it right to your meter case (as shown below). I don’t use a conventional meter case but the pad of Dabs is sized perfectly to slip into my meter’s pouch.
I’m now a big fan of Diabetic Dabs, and was thrilled to hear that the company donates some of the proceeds to diabetes research:
“One thing we're very dedicated to is that we donate a part of all net profits from Diabetic Dabs back to diabetic research, specifically the American Diabetes Association. We love that it provides not only ourselves but our customers an avenue to be able to pour back into an organization dedicated to helping take care of a community we're an integral part of. “So what do you say? Would you like to try out Diabetic Dabs for yourself? You can order them here, but I also have two boxes to give away! Each box contains four packets of Dabs, for a total of 200 absorbant little sheets per winner. To enter for your chance to win, just leave me a comment and tell me how you, or your loved one with diabetes, currently deals with those little droplets everywhere. I’ll close the contest at midnight EST tomorrow, Jan. 30th, and announce the two winners on Friday.