Here’s sort of a funny story I encountered last week. And what was interesting is that Josh has had diabetes since 2006 and we are just now thinking of this. Josh’s blood sugars were running high one day so I aksed him to check his ketones.
His response was, “I don’t see the point of checking for ketones, because it doesn’t make a difference on the strip whether it is trace or high.” When I questioned him further, I realized because he is color-blind, he only sees one color on the color coded guide. So it always looks the same, no matter if trace or up to high, all the colors are the same to him. He is unable to see the “shades.”
He then said, which I thought was funny because I work with the diabetes camp nurse, that at diabetes camp he had to check for ketones each morning. Since he didn’t understand the difference in colors, he said he just told the nurse each morning that it was negative. When I told the nurse at work, she laughed and said that maybe they should make the kids bring the strips and show them.
It’s interesting some days to see how much someone with color blindness is affected. He has trouble reading anything color coded, such as geography maps in school, color coded school sheets, and scary yes, traffic lights. A funny story I often tell is that last summer he was cutting the grass. He walked in holding a sliced off piece of an orange outdoor extension cord. He held it up and said “They should really make these a different color from the grass so people don’t run over them!”
So, another reason to choose the blood ketone meters!