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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Are You Ready?! Another "AUTS" Contest!!

I am a creature of habit. I can't reach my arm two inches further in the opposite direction to throw these into the trash.

That being said, I'd like to share a picture with you all.

As many of you may already know - this picture is of a corner of my desk at work. As I've explained before, the trash can is simply too far away for me to throw these away on any regular basis. And with such a collection I simply had to run another contest.

I don't discriminate between meters. If I have strips available for a particular meter, they will get used. You can see a One Touch Ultra Smart, a FreeStyle Flash, an Accu-Chek Compact, and there are two Accu-Chek Aviva's you can't see. I go through spurts where one type of strip will be better covered by insurance than the other. Being of limited financial resources, I have to go with what it cheapest. And yes, that actually is a bottle of Ketostix.

The foot? That's my Kevin Garnett figure. I love that guy.

The Contest:

You know how it works - the first person to leave a comment in this post with the closest guess to the actual number of test strips will win a small "real world" prize!

Deadline is Sunday, December 10th, with the winner being announced on Monday the 11th. I must also have some way to e-mail you - no "anonymous" winners.

Game on!

And yes, Julia, I know. I just can't help it.


Blogger Minnesota Nice said...


5:45 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...


5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man that's a lot of strips!


6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, i am going large!



8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:36 PM  
Blogger Penny said...


I love when you do these contests.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:21 PM  
Anonymous Caro said...


(That is one of two buses I get to work. The other has the route number 10, and I'm guessing there are a lot more than 10 strips there! ;-)

3:36 AM  
Blogger Lyrehca said...


And this doesn't include the unused Ketostix in the container, nor the unused strips in the 16 bottle, right?

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:59 AM  
Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

That is correct - we're not talking about any unused strips in the bottles. Strictly used test strips in the pile.

Good question though!!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's my guess :)

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Drea said...

Oh my - what a great idea :) Just like the door of my car...HA! I would have to guess 378

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:07 PM  
Blogger Bernard said...


Happy Thanksgiving bro.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

334, betcha had fun counting them.

you have lots of meters! i have 6 and i thought that was alot.

love vicki xxx

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry thats from me.

vicki xx

3:35 PM  
Blogger Zazzy said...

Wow! That's a lot of strips.


7:04 PM  
Blogger julia said...

Dood, that's gross.



My word verification - pukyz. :D

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We guess 185.

10:58 PM  
Blogger cHoCoMiLkRoCkS said...

my guess is 334, i couldn't sign in last night. my e mail if you need it is

byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyw :o)

6:04 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...


9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think George has come the closest, but I think the number is even higher than his guess. My guess is 569.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott!

Being a type 1 diabetic, I find it funny how much i can relate to that pile of test strips!

I'm guessing 267.


4:07 PM  
Blogger type1emt said...


4:18 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

247 -

7:03 AM  
Blogger bethany said...

i'm going with 392

4:51 PM  
Blogger jill said...


8:06 PM  
Blogger bethany said...

i think you should make the contest end ealier :-D ooo i'm so impatient ... no seriously - look scott you have 28 posts already i think we should end it early ... how about today??? :-D hahahaha you love it don't you? <3

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:58 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...


8:25 AM  
Anonymous mindy said...


10:04 AM  
Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Tempting Bethany - I'll give it some thought. I'll probably let it run a little longer, but maybe not as long as 12/10.

Good stuff folks!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I say 210.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow i thought my case at work is bad, i say 550

5:26 PM  
Blogger karondaray said...

617...... thats a big pile of @$##% strips. My son doesn't keep his test strips but he wipes his finger on the same spot inside his case(GROSS),big huge spot of dried gunky blood. I just keep telling everyone that i have DNA if its ever needed.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Nic said...


You put me to shame. I'l have to save harder.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Kerri. said...

My guess: 363. Larry Bird, eleven times.

You're like a Strip Squirrel, saving all those strips!

Hmmm ... out of context, that reads horrendously.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

213. Because it's my birthday, and it seems to show up in my life a lot.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott - Is this just the closest guess to the number of strips or is it closest guess without going over like on The Price is Right? My guess is 499.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Good question Nina!

It is just the closest - doesn't matter if it's over or under.


2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 10th is still a long way off! This is quite a lesson in patience :)

I started a blog the other day too. Check it out when you have time. I added your site to my blog roll. Have a great day!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scott I am the same way. Just ask my mother angie. I never throw my strips out until they start to fall out on there own.

4:01 PM  

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