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[IP] meter ads (was mtm)
the ad (non-celebrity) that bugs me the most is
>the Freestyle one where the lady is talking about how blood glucose
>testing used to be "barbaric" and "hurt worse than her insulin shots"
>(before she got the Freestyle meter, of course!) -- implying that insulin
>shots are horribly painful. Can those ads possibly be targeted at insulin
>users (who will probably just laugh because they know insulin shots are
>not that bad)? Or are they aimed at non-insulin-using T2's who have a
>fear of going on shots (thus possibly increasing that fear)?
>Although we want the general public to understand that our condition is
>serious, I don't think any of us are served by ads that make our daily
>care sound like massive physical torture.
Well, I have never seen the add, but this description seems pretty true to
reality for me. I think finger sticks hurt much more than the shots, and
that sometimes they could actually hurt quite a lot. And then, because I
have always tested a lot, my fingers would often feel sore generally, not
just after a test. Then there was also the problem of my fingertips having
such a small combined surface area, so I would have to test on spots that
already hurt before I stuck them. Now I test 10 to 12 times a day with my
freestyle on my arm (which I would not have been able to get away with on my
fingers) and it *never* hurts! Sometimes I do get bruises, but not often (I
actually find that if I do get one bruise, I will get several, which makes
me think it might have something to do with my diet...), and they don't
hurt. I'd much rather look a little funky (from my bruises) than have my
fingertips feeling like hamburger all the time (which did seem pretty
barbaric to me).
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