I’ve got this machine that measures my blood sugar. When I wake up it I measure my fasting level. It measured over 400 the first time it was checked. Most folks are below 90.
Everything’s kept in a small zippered pouch. I pull out a slender piece of plastic, an ingenious little chem lab with sensors and electronics on-board.
Next a lancet, a tiny needle encased in a plastic holder, gets placed in its applicator. You hold it next to your finger, push the trigger and the lancet pops out and breaks the skin. Its adjustable allowing you to set it at the very minimum for your specific case. This is totally pain free.
All you need is a single drop of blood… and not a large one. It gets sucked up into the chem lab portion using capillary action. A few seconds later a number pops up. Today it was 129.
By the time my number shows my finger has stopped bleeding. Just one drop.
As a business the blood tester model is similar computer printers. The tester itself is cheap. The real money comes because you need fresh supplies constantly. Diabetics are a particularly good customer base.
I’ve been monitoring my daily number to regulate how much insulin I need every day. I shoot two types. One is slow release and good for 24 hours. The other is to smooth spikes that come with meals. It’s taken five minutes before eating.
I watch my injections and am often amazed by how little I feel as the needle goes in. Like the lancet these break the skin and not much more. I use #30 needles which are tiny.
Because my entire insides will be reconfigured in the Whipple its certain my numbers and treatment will change. Right now I want to be as healthy and strong as possible. I am following doctors orders.