Managing diabetes is a full time job, but with a little bit of humor (and plenty of supplies) we can take it all in stride. Here are 29 things only a person living with diabetes would understand.

1. Every paper cut is an opportunity to test your blood sugar.

paper cuts

2. You have an entire drawer, dresser, or closet devoted to diabetes supplies.

diabetes supplies


3. You have hundreds of lancets and only a few test strips. But on the plus side, your health insurance company is willing to pay for more lancets!

test strips


4. When it’s time to test, all you have to do is squeeze your finger.

testing time


5. The phrase “once in a blue moon” is a reminder that it’s time to change your lancet.

blue moon


6. You hesitate to wear white in case you prick your finger and hit a ‘gusher.’

don't wear white


7. Your fingers appear to spell something in braille.

finger braille


8. Being high means something completely different to you than it does to most people.

new meaning


9. You can calculate the carbohydrate total of every meal in your head without breaking a sweat.

meal carb levels


10. You should test your blood sugar six times a day, but insurance only approved you for one strip a week.

blood sugar


11. You can put a mathematician to shame: insulin on board, carb factors, insulin to carb ratio, no problem!

do the math


12. Well-meaning friends have offered you every diabetes remedy under the sun, from cinnamon to birdseed milk.

friends mean well


13. You’ve heard, “But you don’t look like a diabetic!”

you look fine


14. You’re familiar with all the diabetes horror stories of the relatives of anyone you’ve ever met.

diabetes horror stories


15. You’ve heard, “You can’t eat that!” too many times.

cant eat that


16. Everyone wants to know where you got your cool pager.

cool diabetes pager


17. You find used test strips in your refrigerator but don’t know how they got there.

fridge test strips


18. You have a pile of diabetes cookbooks holding up your sofa.

diabetes cookbooks


19. You own 15 glucose meters, but you only use one.

glucose meters


20. CSI would have a very hard time ‘investigating the scene’ at your house.

investigate the scene


21. You have two cases of juice boxes at home, and none of them are for your kids.

juice boxes


22. You have to remind yourself that it isn’t polite to punch people who say ‘diabeetus’ in the face.

dont punch people


23. The pharmacy is number one on your speed dial, and you’re on a first name basis with the pharmacist.

pharmacy is friend


24. People often say “You can eat it, it’s sugar free!” about something that’s loaded with carbohydrates.

sugar free food


25. Everyone asks you what to do about their ‘noncompliant’ diabetic spouse.

asking for help


26. You read every article that promises ways to improve your glucose level, but they all end up being about prevention instead.

glucose level improvements


27. According to TV commercials, it’s a good thing you’re young, because only old people get diabetes.

youre too young


28. There’s never been any butter in your refrigerator’s butter compartment — it’s used for storing insulin.

no butter


29. To lick or to wipe? That is the question.

lick or wipe