This is the insulin that lives in a drawer in my refrigerator, next to the cheese compartment. I’m lucky to know it’s there, ready to keep me alive for the next three months. I’m lucky to know that as I use the bottles up, I can order my next three month supply so it’s ready and waiting when I need it.
This is my insulin pump. The icon in the upper left corner is filled in with gray, showing that I’m lucky to have a full reservoir of insulin to get me through the next three days. The large numbers toward the right show my insulin bolus being delivered so I can enjoy . . . .
. . . these festive cookies I’ve baked. I’m lucky to have a wonderful husband to share them with as we look forward to Valentine’s Day together. I’m lucky to live in a time and in a part of the world where I have the medications and devices that allow me to eat a cookie (or two) without shooting my blood sugar dangerously and deathly high.
This is Spare A Rose. It’s a reminder that not everyone is as lucky as I am. It’s a reminder that Pete and I don’t need to spend a lot of money on flowers and chocolates and jewelry and other gifts. We need to help others who can’t afford the insulin they need to survive. Each $5 donation provides life saving insulin or test strips to someone in need for a month. $5 is such a small amount but it can do so much. Please join me in making a donation so others can know what it feels like to be as lucky as we are.