Diabetes Blog Week – Poetry Tuesday

This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!

Poetry Tuesday? I’m no poet – but I am a massive Disney fan. Technically a Disney song counts as a ballad right? Definitely. Frozen is my current obsession, so I’ve decided to take one of my favourite songs, that I may or may not know completely by heart, (“For the FIrst Time in Forever” – video is here) and change it up a bit. This is super lame, I apologise in advance – it’s about the time I discovered the best lancet in the world (Accu-Chek Softclix, you all need it) and the FreeStyle Lite strips that only take a tiny sample. It’s the little things that count when you test up to 8 times a day, it really is.

The Xceed strip wants more blood, more more more
I didn’t know they did that anymore
Who knew my strips drank blood like I drink tea?
For years I’ve squeezed my fingers dry
Once I squirted myself in the eye
Finally FreeStyle is listening to me

These new ones only take a drop
Just one squeeze is totally strange
But wow, am I so ready for this change!

‘Cause for the first time in forever
My fingers don’t feel numb
For the first time in forever
I don’t have to use my thumb

Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy
But I’m somewhere in that zone
‘Cause for the first time in forever
My lancet won’t hit the bone

Tonight imagine me gowned and all
Fetchingly draped against the wall
The picture of sophisticated grace
Ooh! I suddenly feel faint, I hit the floor
Turns out my level is 1.4
I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face

But my fingers aren’t still bleeding
Which is totally bizarre
Nothing like the life I’ve led so far

For the first time in forever
Testing my levels doesn’t sting
For the first time in forever
There’s not blood on everything

And I know it is totally crazy
To not hate testing my bloods
But for the first time in forever
My blood test strips aren’t duds

[Freestyle InsuLinx meter:]
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Your levels are crap, they’re just for you and me
Conceal, don’t feel, put on a show
If you scull water like that everyone will know

 But it’s only for today

[Me:] It’s only for today

[Meter:] Just eat the damn sponge cake
[Me:] Eat the damn sponge cake

[Meter] Diabetes doesn’t exist when it is your birthday

[Me:] For the first time in forever
[Meter:] Don’t let them in, don’t let them see

[Me:] I’m getting what I’m dreaming of
[Meter:] Be the good diabetic you always have to be

[Me:] A chance to heal my sore fingers
[Meter:] Conceal

[Me:] A chance to feel normal
[Meter:] Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know

I know this feeling won’t last forever,
So it has to be today
‘Cause for the first time in forever
For the first time in forever
This meter’s here to stay!



me looking at my destroyed fingers after being assaulted by a hospital style disposable lancet




8 thoughts on “Diabetes Blog Week – Poetry Tuesday

  1. Absolutely brilliant, and not at all lame! When you have to prick your fingers countless times a day, you need something that makes the whole process as “comfortable” as it can be!

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