17 Pictures That Will Make Anyone With Diabetes Say, "YUP!"


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

Having diabetes means finding used test strips pretty much everywhere.

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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And by everywhere…

And by everywhere...

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…I mean, EVERYWHERE.

...I mean, EVERYWHERE.

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.

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

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

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

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And this is just a Tuesday afternoon.

And this is just a Tuesday afternoon.

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

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

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

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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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Seriously: It’s an INCH-LONG. METAL. WIRE.

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

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

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

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It honestly never ends.

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I could always take needle injections instead.

I could always take needle injections instead.

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Lots and lots of needle injections.

Lots and lots of needle injections.

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

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

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

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

Diabetes sucks.

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