100,000 drops of blood
Yesterday on Diabetes Daily, Ginger Vieira calculated how many finger-pricks she had subjected herself to. Her estimate: 27,375.
Naturally, I did the same estimate for myself. Of course, the math is far from perfect, as I started out without hardly any blood tests at all in the first year following diagnosis, and now I’m generally averaging 12 or so per day, but since we’re estimating, I believe what you are about to read is perfectly valid.
In my life, it’s been (approximately):
Mathematically, that works out to:
31 years x 365 days/year x 10 tests/day = 113,150 tests.
Over one hundred thousand.
Let’s take a moment to see what that means. In my life with diabetes, to-date, there have been:
- one hundred thousand tiny holes on my fingertips
- one hundred thousand test strips
- $100,000 spent (using an estimate of $1 per strip)
- one hundred lancets (approximately)
- 1.7 gallons of blood applied to little pieces of plastic (according to this site, 100,000 drops is equal to about 1.7 gallons)
I plan on living for another 31 years, at least.
The numbers are staggering.
We need a cure.