The tape roll of time

I have a tendency to get sentimental when I finish or get to the end of certain products. I’m not talking about every time I finish a box of cereal or even a Costco size bottle of shampoo. I’m talking about items that take a significant amount of time to get through, years even.

You see, recently I got to the end of the roll of tape that I use to cover my CGM sensor on my stomach. Every time I put on a new sensor, which is about once a week, I cut a 2 x 2 inch square of tape. The roll of tape is 10 meters, or about 33 feet, or 396 inches. It took me over 3 years to get through that roll of tape! Finishing something that lengthy made me feel reflective. It’s a measurement of the passage of time. And a lot has happened in the 3 years since I first started that roll of tape.

I have a new pump and new CGM. I’ve been using my Medtronic 670G insulin pump and sensor for close to 2 years now. Back when I bought that tape, I was still using my Dexcom sensor.

I’m engaged! Actually, when I first started that roll of tape, I hadn’t even met my fiancé yet.

And my sister is engaged! 3 years ago she was living in a different state, and now she just bought a house 20 minutes away from where I live.

I live in a house now, not an apartment. I moved in with my fiancé and his cat in the the next town over. Three years ago, I never thought I would live with a cat. My allergies were so bad. It’s amazing what a year and a half of allergy shots can do.

There have been sad and hard times too in the past 3 years with the passing of my aunt and my grandpa. I treasure all the moments I got to spend with them.

With the beginning of this new roll of tape, it’s fun to imagine what my life will look like 10 meters from now. What will change in the next 3 years? Only time will tell…




One thought on “The tape roll of time

  1. Oh that is funny, I do that as well. Every sensor, tape, even boxes of test strips end up being sentimental journeys.


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