When people bring in their blood glucose monitor to me for help (which I don’t mind really, as long as it was filled here and not Liberty Medical (fuck you)) there are a few things that are consistent as the sun rising in the morning and white bread/Velveeta cheese at a redneck BBQ.
- The machine, strip container, lancet device, everything will be smeared in blood
- The lancet device will have a loaded, used lancet in there cocked and ready to stick yourself with
Lets look at point one first: Why can’t people keep their fucking blood glucose machine half-way clean? Most machines I see look like they have been used to cave someones head in, or was used as a tampon. Dried blood all over the place, on the buttons, on the screen, everywhere! I have seen less blood at a murder scene than on some of these machines. Am I the only person who finds this utterly disgusting? Let me shit all over something and have YOU deal with it.
This brings me to my second point: People love to have a loaded lancet device there waiting for you. It never fails, I look at a machine, and I pop the top off of their lancet device to see if its working to find a used lancet needle staring me straight in the face. Why can’t people use a lancet once, safely recap it, and throw it in a fucking sharps container? How hard is that? We give them the fucking sharps container for free! Now fortunately both myself and the other pharmacists treat a lancet device like a loaded gun and stay safely away from the business end, but seriously, if its going to go off, have it be a loaded gun so it can just end my life quickly vs me having HIV or Hep C by some ghetto dirty ass whore who couldn’t take the two seconds to properly dispose of her used lancet. The last thing I need it so accidentally stick myself and have to miss work because I’m out having every test to man done. I can just see the Work Comp bill for that little fiasco.
So please, if you are one of those type-2 diabetics who test 30 times a day just to waste money, please make my life a bit easier and use a bit of common sense (HAHAHA) and unload your lancet device before you bring it in. My safety and general sanity really do depend on it.