What Diabetes Looks Like: Meet My Meter


This is my blood sugar meter, Gandalf Lathspell Accuchek. Yes, my meter has a name. I was checking my blood sugar one day and I wasn’t entirely happy with the number my meter was giving me. Ever the nerd, I immediately thought of a scene from The Two Towers: the evil Grima Wormtongue says with  sneer to Gandalf the Wizard, “Lathspell I name you. Ill news is an ill guest.” Lathspell is Old English for “ill news.” (It’s also the opposite of the more familiar “gospel,” which literally means “good news.) It was deliciously geeky and absolutely perfect. So my meter’s Gandalf when I’m pleased with it and Lathspell when I’m not.  So if you ever hear me muttering “Lathspell I name you” under my breath while checking my blood sugar, you now know why.


About Nel

As a graduate education student, I've come to the conclusion that teaching requires an addiction to caffeine. My favorite caffeinated beverages are coffee, tea, and diet Coke. And when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2012, I also came to the conclusion that living requires insulin. I blog about my busy life juggling graduate education courses, a teaching assistantship in my University's English department, and my recent type 1 diabetes diagnosis the The Clumsy Juggler. I do not live in New York City.

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