August 30, 2013

Revealing My Experience with Inaccurate Test Strips

Filed under: Awareness,Blood Sugar,Creative Expression — Tags: , , — Lee Ann @ 2:55 am
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As a follow-up to last week’s post about the special Strip Safely edition of Diabetes Art Day, here is my artistic interpretation of relying on inaccurate test strips:

25 Test Strips in 10:04.9 Minutes

25 Test Strips in 10:04.9 Minutes


Please visit the Diabetes Art Day: Strip Safely Gallery to view all the submissions. It’s not too late to participate either, and your experience with inaccurate test strips matters. Please consider making a piece of art that captures something about your experience using inaccurate test strips, and submit to the gallery. Images will be used in the coming weeks as representatives from the DOC behind the Strip Safely initiative work to convey the importance of this issue to policymakers in Washington, D.C. The more art we have, the better we can communicate that this is not just a science issue – it’s a personal issue for all of us who rely on test strip technology to make decisions that affect our immediate and future health outcomes. Get creative and join the Strip Safely advocacy effort!

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3 Responses to “Revealing My Experience with Inaccurate Test Strips”

  1. Alanna says:

    It really does drive you crazy.

    A difference of 46 mg/dcl is the difference of 1.5u of insulin for me. That’s a lot to miss on a correction.

  2. Rhonda B says:

    Love this! Very creative and thought-provoking. Of course, having just picked up my supply of test strips this morning and paid a crazy high co-pay, I can only imagine the monetary cost of this exercise as well!! :)

    • Lee Ann says:

      Ha, yes, I have a painful co-pay too, so that thought didn’t escape me. I usually operate with a surplus though, because on the days my BG’s and CGM line are stable, I find I don’t need to check as much, and the surplus adds up over time. That being said, I did sweat that my supply was getting tight after I did this… so this was definitely a one-time exception!

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