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Why blood testing rocks

My thoughts and memories of blood glucose

monitoring, by T1D Helen Spriggs.

Helen Spriggs

"My earliest memories of diabetes are

to do with testing urine samples, that's

all we had back then. This was in 1987,

then when the new blood test meters

came along it was a revolution. However,

the meters were cumbersome, difficult

to use and took so long to give a result

by comparison to modern meters. I

remember having to cut strips in half

because it saved on cost and that there

was restricted availability.

"I used a vicious little lancing device

that hurt a lot to use called an Autolet. It

made an horrific sound as it fired, so it was

completely indiscreet. To prick my finger

with that was like skewering my digits like

a kebab. I remember it needed a big blob

of blood and took three minutes to give a

result. All that pain, what was it for?

"I have a clear memory of the method

chosen to blood test was determined

by the healthcare professional (HCP). In

those early years I had no say in it, nor

any understanding of how blood glucose

monitoring would affect my life. Sadly,

this is still the case for some today, more

than 30 years on. I hear first-hand from

aunts and uncles diagnosed with Type

2 that they have no choice in what they

are given (if they are given a meter at all),

or understanding of what the tests are,

even if it's done in the doctor's surgery.

Shouldn't they be told what is happening,

why that test is being performed, its value,

and the role she can play in changing the

outcome of the result?

Glucose meters in the 1980s were

for those that could afford them; I wanted

a VIC-20 computer, not a glucometer

for Christmas. Self-monitoring of blood

glucose (SMBG) was just not within my

reach. I remember my grandparents

buying me one when they did become

accessible, at a great cost still, and it was

the size of a brick!

Moving on

Advances in diabetes technology have

been enormous since the 1980s, but

unless they are developed to be used by

all, and all have equal access to obtaining

them, it's a huge waste of potential, the

potential to improve the lives of people

living with diabetes and reduce the risk of

them developing complications. Instead

we get told that because you manage to

The old Esprit Glucometer

from Bayer (now Ascensia).

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  7. Diabetes UK Careline
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