Wiping is Fun Again

I’ve always been a wiper.

Pants, napkins, the dark material of my glucose meter case. Never anything normal like an actual alcohol swab. And I’ve never been a licker, although I have many friends who are. I don’t judge them for their bloodthirsty ways, and I hope they don’t begrudge me my slovenly habits.

You’d think that if any aspect of diabetes management would be simple, it’d be what to do with the blood left on your finger after you test.

It was never really something I thought about unless I was around a lot of other people, or if I saw a D-friend wiping his blood in a different way. Or, if I was enjoying a bike ride by the sea in Key West and a swarm of ants streamed from my blood-encrusted meter case when I stopped to check my blood sugar.

But then one day, several magical packets of Diabetic Dabs arrived in my mailbox.


They’re these little sticky squares of sheets that adhere to the inside of your meter case (or Fossil makeup thing that you’re using as a meter case) that you can use to soak up leftover blood. Like a teeny-weeny stack of Kleenex made just for PWDs and their poor, leaky digits. Like little square maxi pads for your fingers.

(And despite the name “Diabetic Dabs,” they actually don’t have diabetes, as far as I can tell.)

I’ve had one stack stuck to the inside of my Fossil case for the past month, and I really do love them. I’m not just saying that because I got them for free.* (Karen agrees with me.)

My handy-dandy pad of Dabs, stuck to the (mostly useless) mirror on the lid of my Fossil case.

My handy-dandy pad of Dabs, stuck to the (mostly useless) mirror on the lid of my Fossil case.

The little sheets are insanely absorbent, so you barely even have to touch your finger to the sheet to get the blood off. And they don’t feel like another diabetes accessory that’s hanging around and getting in my way, because (unlike a lot of other d-things), they actually solve a problem. I feel like I’m actually doing a legit, semi-hygenic thing by using Diabetic Dabs, evidenced by the fact that I don’t have to check to see if anyone’s watching before I use one, they way that I used to do when I wiped my finger on my pants.

The one and only suggestion I’d give to the makers of Diabetic Dabs would be to make each Dab less absorbent and large, because I think I can make it another year and a half on the supply I have right now. Well, that and maybe make them glazed-doughnut-scented.

You, too, can be the proud owner of 200 Diabetic Dabs!

You, too, can be the proud owner of 200 Diabetic Dabs!

I was lucky enough to get a few extra packages of Diabetic Dabs, so if you, too, would like to experience the magic of not smearing blood all over your clothes or meter case, leave a comment here before midnight, March 4 and I’ll choose two winners and ship them off to you.

*The good folks at Diabetic Dabs were kind enough to send me free samples, but they didn’t tell me what to say. The above opinions are all my own. Bloody pinky-swear.

40 comments on “Wiping is Fun Again

  1. Jillian says:

    Ohhh this might solve my problem of getting droplets of blood all over my pretty Vera Bradley case I use to tote around my meter! What a great little concept they are!

  2. theresa says:

    This licker would love to break her habit. Great post – thank you!

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m a licker, but would must rather have something like this so people don’t think I’m a vampire.

  4. SarahK says:

    Those look pretty awesome… just because I can do what you did and stick it to my mirror in my fossil.. I mean… diabetes case.

  5. I’m a licker, but probably wouldn’t be if I had something more handy than tissues to use!

  6. Heather Jones says:

    I had no idea these existed! How awesome!

  7. Stacey D. says:

    “Like little square maxi pads for your fingers.” Oh my god, this had me laughing out loud!! I’ve been a licker for as long as I can remember but more recently I have been more aware of how gross that can be. I think this is a pretty great idea. Thanks for sharing – I hadn’t heard of them before now.

  8. LOL – only in America! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these quicker picker upper blood sucking pads before (ohhh – that sounds kinda weird after typing this out). I have to admit – being partial to protein – I’m just so used to licking my finger tips … it’s soooo salty (the sailor girl coming out of me here). Off to walk the plank I go … (LOL Stacey … little mini me maxi pad).

  9. Jenn says:

    I confess I am a licker 😦 this is a great idea 🙂 never seen them before:)

  10. Penney says:

    My husband laughs at me for wiping my finger on my meter case…he calls it “my little biohazard bag” 😀 Every now and then I remember to throw my case in the washer! Never been a licker. What a cool idea, thanks for sharing!!

  11. Krista says:

    I’m an unsanitary wiper too, would love to try these out!

  12. Kelly says:

    My daughter is a wiper…and her meter case is looking pretty nasty these days. What a fun little invention!

  13. David says:

    I would love to give these a try. Been using the mini travel tissues, but they aren’t super convenient.

  14. Heather says:

    These would be great for my son, although I won’t mention the “maxi pad” description to him. 😉

  15. Melissa E says:

    I am a wiper! My meter case is pretty gross…but glad to hear I am not the only one! These would be pretty cool!

  16. Marcy Lally says:

    They sound like a great idea. Why did I not think of it?

  17. Vanessa Mermuys says:

    These look awesome! Sanitary pads for my unsanitary wiping habit! I’m googling these to see if they have them in Canada

  18. MO says:

    That’s pretty sweet stuff, but Def looks like they need to be way smaller. I would want to use the same sheet over to avoid wasting.

  19. Sean Bateman says:

    I’m a licker, but this sounds pretty convenient. I would love to win them xD

  20. Gidget Harper says:

    Those look interesting! Licking is gross, but so is blood everywhere. I’ve got to try these! 🙂

  21. Jennifer says:

    These sound super convenient and I would love to try a package.

  22. Jodi S says:

    I’m a wiper. 🙂 Would love to try some.

  23. If I’m not too late, would love to win these! Have been tearing up pieces of paper towels for years now!:)

  24. Would love to win these! Have been tearing up pieces of paper towels for years now!:)

  25. melanie says:

    I am glad to see there are a lot of lickers out there! My 10 year old T1D never wants to wipe his finger and I thought it was bad.

  26. Barbara Cederberg says:

    Finally a product to stop my husband from being a vampire!! LOL! Would love to get my hands (fingers) on these!

  27. Beth says:

    I’m usually a licker, but perhaps I should do something more sanitary…

  28. Julie says:

    My daughter is a “wiper” too but she just wipes the blood on her hand which is equally sanitary to the pants.
    Thanks for the give away!

  29. Tracey says:

    I’m a wiper for sure. Our house is littered with pieces of tissue and napkins with little smears of blood on them. Quite a decorative accent!
    Are these pads more like a “stick in the pouch and use one til it’s covered” or is more of a notepad type thing that you tear a sheet off each time?

  30. Sarah says:

    Wow! What a cool idea, now why couldn’t I have thought of something like that! Definitely would like to give them a try, normally just end up licking it off, used to wipe it on the inside of my test kit but it got kinda gross!

  31. John says:

    Linked to you from sixuntilme.com… I’m a wiper and always have a biohazard week(s)-old napkin in my meter case. This Dabs sound pretty sweet. Thanks for offering them!

  32. […] found out about this new product from Jacquie over at Typical Type 1 and just received my order last week.  I’m not sure when I began the habit, but I usually lick […]

  33. diabetestogo says:

    Brilliant and funny as always!

    I totally want these!

  34. […] a giveaway for one box. Of course, I was excited because I had already read a post about these from Jacquie  and loved her analogy of saying they’re “like little square maxi pads for your […]

  35. samanta levitt says:

    So cool I wipe on my meter case or lick that’s cool they came out with this they look like sticky notes!

  36. Omg I love your 10 things not to say to diabetes hilarious. I have had type 1 since 1998. I thought I was alone until I went to call to congress in 2011. Seriously all I ever heard of was type 2 on TV from peoples mouths and people wondering how I had diabetes because I wasn’t “overweight”. There really needs to be more info in the media and public period about type one and about the difference between the two. Also adults living with type one have a whole set of new concerns than the kid friendly material that is all I see when talking about type one. Anyway loved your blog would love to talk. I am getting married in Feb and I am actually worried about the baby having.

  37. Kim says:

    Please write here again? I miss you (but am glad to see you over at ASL!). #dblogcheck

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