Sometimes the strangest things make me happy. Yesterday while walking the dog I passed by an overflowing paper recycling bin. I wouldn’t normally notice such a thing, but something caught my eye. Sticking out of the top of the bin was a Medtronic quick-set box (a 10 pack), just the kind I use. I don’t think I could explain this to a non diabetic, but seeing the box made me smile and feel a little happy.
It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen diabetic garbage on the street, but usually all I see is a used test strip or two. The truth is that I see them all the time. Just this morning I saw one near my building – a blue one. There is a spot on my street, in front of one of the buildings, that always has a few old test strips strewn around it (freestyle but without the butterfly).
I’ve also seen test strips in the park where I run, mostly around the water fountains. I used to assume they were all mine. (I don’t litter on purpose, I promise! But I know test strips sometimes fall out of my pouch. After 20 miles of running, if I do see one fall I don’t always stop to look for it.)
I’ve realized, though, there is no way all of the water-fountain-test-strips could be mine. I’m just not that sloppy. So, while I can’t condone litter in the park, I want to say: whoever you are out there checking your blood sugar in the same place I do, it makes me happy to know that I’m not alone in checking my blood sugar in the park.
At the risk of sounding like Oscar the grouch I will say the (diabetic) trash makes me happy.
Note: Pictures taken with iphone – how did we survive before we had a camera with us at all time?