Diabetes Awareness Month - Day 3 & 4: Fingers & Oops
I am ashamed to say, I have already fallen a couple days behind in my daily photo challenge. I have been to the vet a few times the past few days (more on that later this month) and the time got away from me. However, I am back, and ready to talk a little about day 3 and day 4's photo.
I decided to combined both day 3 and 4's photo into one because they tend to go together in my case. As I'm sure many of you know, part of the diabetes daily management routine is pricking your finger multiple times a day to check how much blood is present in your blood. It's a huge drag; some diabetics check more than others. Currently, my average number is pricking my finger/checking my blood between 7-10 times a day. That's a lot of little holes in my finger!
If you look at the picture closely, you'll see on my little pinky finger (4th finger) a bunch of tiny little black dots. Three guesses as what those are; yup, those are the residual effects of the finger pricking that I do on a daily basis. Over the 19 years that I have been living with diabetes (and pricking my fingers) I have built up some scar tissue on that finger and have some nerve damage. Very small things like thread or fishing line I cannot feel on the tip of that finger anymore. It's not a great thing, but in my opinion it's a small price to pay to keep my blood sugar in a range where I stay alive.
So, here's where the oops comes into play. I have a weird, irrational fear of pricking my thumb, my pointer finger, and also my middle finger...on both hands. So, for the past 19 years I have been only utilizing my ring fingers and pinky fingers for blood sugar checks. I should have worked through my fear and gotten over it but I didn't. Because I'm only using two fingers, those two fingers have built up scar tissue over time because they aren't allowed as much time as they need too to heal properly. Take my advice; don't do as I did. Use more than two fingers!
From now on, I'm going to attempt to use more fingers. As lame as it sounds, it's going to be difficult for me to work up the courage and get it done. But I will try...