Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tripping on Strips

We, The Undersigned - Tuesday 5/14 Link List
Today's Prompt: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) - get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)

Unrelated announcement: Today marks my 200th post at Sweetly Voiced!

I have some serious things I'd petition to change, but I'm almost tired of hearing myself complain about them (like meter accuracy and, I don't know, METER ACCURACY).

So instead, I'm going to take a lighthearted turn.

I'm petitioning test strips.

Clean yourselves up!

Seriously, I find you in my washing machine, my food, my car, my purse, my garage, my fridge. Affixing yourself to my baby's diaper. Stubbornly stuck to the bottom of every waste can.

Not just my own strips either. I see your friends. I see them in parking lots outside restaurants. Hanging around like the little hoodlums you are. Lounging in public restrooms. Under tables.

You're like little bugs, scurrying from the light.

Except, you know, you can't move.

Stop making excuses. Throw yourselves away.


  1. I LOVE this...I've been saving all my Verio IQ strips to cast into jewelry. it's weird how used test strips have a new found value to me. PS. don't eat that sandwich.

  2. AWESOME! Love the light-hearted spin on this, Melissa! Great post... and yes, those darn strips are stalking ALL OF US. We need to do something about this. They're everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!!

  3. Melissa, this is awesome!... and true!! haha. They are EVERYWHERE. i do have to say that when i see test strops that i am certain are not mine, i get a little excited. I feel like i am the only one there who could deduce something from a tiny piece of trash on the ground. My nancy drew comes out, and i get to say "I know, from this piece of evidence, that a person with diabetes, who is NOT me was here sometime within the last month or so" :-).

  4. Melissa, I think I just might have the solution to your problem. (But you'll have to wait for my Saturday DBlogWeek post to find out what it is... sorry! :) )

  5. The husband of a PWD friend of mine calls them roaches, so Erik started calling them that too. I think that's a pretty apt term for them!

    P.S. Happy 200!

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  7. So true. I think my husband secretly wants to take them and shove them in not so nice places. ;-)

  8. This is really funny and yes, i totally agree with you, they are just about everywhere! My uncle is diabetic so i totally know what you mean. Sometimes i see them on the countertops, on the table and even on the living room.

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