We frequently say that diabetes is twenty-four hours, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year. And it’s true. It absolutely is.

But this year – a leap year – we have an extra day. I thought that the most wonderful way to celebrate it would be to take a day off – to have a day where I don’t think about it; don’t talk about it and don’t write about it.

But that’s not possible. Even if I decide to have a ‘low-diabetes-activity’ day, there is no way that I can’t take the day off completely. My pump is still attached to me, as is my CGM. I still need to eat food and that needs to be considered. My CGM needs calibrating, so I’ll need to do at least a couple of BGL checks. And I’ll need to respond to any highs or lows as they are thrown my way.

So, instead of ignoring, I decided that I needed to mark my diabetes in some special way and decided that an extra lancet change would be the way to do it. Actually, I’d be lying if I said that this was my choice. This morning, it took 8 stabs to actually draw blood (I know, I know…probably could have been changed sooner).

So, I replaced the lancet and have done a couple of lovely, easy checks with free-flowing, easily accessibly blood.

I was most pleased – and couldn’t stop laughing – to see that the team at Diabetes Mine were on the same page with this week’s Sunday Funnies cartoon.

So, there you go. That’s the way I am acknowledging this extra day of diabetes.