My thinking here is very light-hearted and fun, so please take this discussion, and participate in it, in that spirit.
I’ve been a bit amused lately reading through some of the advice those of us who have been at this a long time dispense to the new folk, and recalling how uptight I was when I first started my journey.
So, here’s a discussion about newbies vs. veterans and how we approach, manage, and treat our condition. I know I’ve changed A LOT since I first started. To kick it off, here are a few:
Finger sticks: The noob changes the lancet every time, as instructed. The veteran changes the lancet when they think about it, sometimes maybe once or twice a year.
Injections: The noob goes to bare skin, cleans with an alcohol pad, uses a fresh, new needle, cleans the rubber part or the pen with alcohol before screwing the needle on, discard the needle. The veteran reuses the needle they put on that morning, injects right through their shirt.