"Who you callin' germy?"
In the diabetes world, I'm in the camp that does not change lancets with every finger poke (and, indeed, can't remember the last time the lancet in their poker was changed — wow, that sounds way racier than it is!). Those of us in that group also tend to stanch a poked finger by sticking it in our mouth, to re-use needles (or stretch out the recommended lifespan of insulin pump paraphernalia), and to eschew alcohol swabs.
My immune system seems OK. In a certain sense, it's over-zealous: when I was 21, the damn thing reacted to a common cold by assaulting my perfectly innocent pancreas.
[Hey, it's the 30-day yoga challenge! I hereby vow not to do a single yoga session over the next 30 days. Now that's commitment.]
Bacon Soda? Why do germs get such a bad rap?
All-you-can-eat sushi: blood sugar embellisher par excellence
So I poked my finger, fed the little vampire its droplet, and stuck the finger in my mouth. The lab tech didn't say anything about my methods, but she offered me a large Bandaid. When I said I didn't need it, she answered, "This is a sterile environment; we can't have you moving through the premises with an open wound. It's also for your own safety." I glanced down at my fingers, most of their tips decorated with tiny little poke marks. Not sure if this is the one I used to test my glucometer, or, if it was, which of these dots was the "open wound."
I certainly didn't argue. I got her point, and I wrapped my wound in the Bandaid. While the tech went on to draw a couple of vials of blood from my vein, I stared at the wall (I once tried watching the procedure and woke up several minutes later on the floor) and thought about how unsanitary I am in my daily life. I also contemplated the wisdom of not having tried to bring Freddie into that sterile environment.
"But experts say my kisses help boost your immune system!"
On a completely different topic ... those items that were stripped from my bike when my dog trailer was stolen? I missed one. Rather an important one, I discovered, as I left home to ride to the lab and found myself without brakes. Good thing I wasn't heading down Arbutus. Bastards.
Sophie's Cosmic Café gearing up for patio season ...
May all your germs be friendly!