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17 Pictures That Show What Living With Diabetes Is Actually Like

Type 1 diabetes in a nut shell: needles, blood, more needles and more blood.

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1. Having diabetes means finding used test strips pretty much everywhere.

Stray test strips are a byproduct of testing my blood sugar levels approximately six bajillion times a day, which I have to do to stay alive.
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Stray test strips are a byproduct of testing my blood sugar levels approximately six bajillion times a day, which I have to do to stay alive.

2. And by everywhere...

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3. ...I mean, EVERYWHERE.

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But rogue test strips barely even register on the diabetic radar. We're all too focused on the BLOOD and the NEEDLES to worry much about stray pieces of plastic.

4. Honestly, having to constantly squeeze drops of blood from my finger-tips is a bigger priority.

This is the blood sugar test that generates test strip trash. And blood.
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This is the blood sugar test that generates test strip trash. And blood.

5. Is this a murder scene? Nah, this is just a Tuesday morning.

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6. And this is just a Tuesday afternoon.

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7. Oops, I hit a blood vessel while inserting a continuous blood glucose monitor into my arm. Better try again!

If I wanted a (slight) break from constant finger sticks, I could wear a continuous blood glucose monitor, which is a device that tracks my blood sugar in real time.
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If I wanted a (slight) break from constant finger sticks, I could wear a continuous blood glucose monitor, which is a device that tracks my blood sugar in real time.

8. Hitting a blood vessel twice in a row feels just as terrible as you think it would.

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9. It attached without spurting blood everywhere? Good. Now I can shift my focus to the inch-long metal wire poking into my arm.

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10. Seriously: It's an INCH-LONG. METAL. WIRE.

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11. Oh, and don't mind me! Just gotta deal with this disgusting bleeding hole in my side.

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That bloody messy was caused by an infusion set for an insulin pump. It's convenient but can hurt like hell.

12. Which is actually something I deal with all the time.

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14. I could always take needle injections instead.

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15. Lots and lots of needle injections.

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16. But I still have to clean blood off of the counter.

Sarah Loebner

17. And now I guess I have to go clean blood off of my shirt, too.

Diabetes sucks.
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Diabetes sucks.

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