I love this photo from beth at tusconpics from our diabetes made visible pool. What makes this a diabetes photo? Can you tell? Look on the left hand, bottom corner of the yellow paper. See the blood smudge? There it is. The detail that makes it diabetic!
It's an example of an idea I've had about diabetes for a long time. That diabetes is a disease is about blood. Blood sugars, blood tests, blood smudges. A number of pictures in the pool are of stuff that's been marked by bloody fingers, post blood test, like here and here. It's funny because it's so normal to me but now I see it through other people's images and I realize how iconic it is to diabetes. Another diabetes pattern revealed through pictures instead of words. I don't know why, but it comforts me. Actually, when I think about it for a second, I do know why it comforts me. Images like this show me visually, that I'm not alone. They show me that other people have blood smudges in their lives too. Little red dots that connect us all.
And for that I'm so very, very grateful.