Making Blood Tests EasierWhen Sheryl Hill's son Tyler was diagnosed with diabetes, she thought of a neat way to help him with his finger stick blood tests: she disguised the lancing device as Mozzy the Mosquito! Here's the script for a blood test:
"Tyler, this is Mozzy the Mosquito and he likes to taste you to see if you are too sweet. Just like real mosquitos who nip you and taste your blood, Mozzy is going to taste your finger. He is really pesky and will come to visit you four or more times a day. That's because Mozzy cares about you and wants you to be as healthy as possible. He helps us determine how much insulin, exercise and food you need."
Then Mozzy buzzes around and asks Tyler to hold up his finger. Mozzy zooms in and then, "ZZZT!" he takes a taste.
Sheryl and Tyler have made over 200 Mozzys. They have made mosquitos, caterpillars, bees and butterflies. She says they're really easy to make using pipe cleaners, puff balls, tape and a glue gun. Here are her instructions:
- Twist the pipecleaner around the lancing device. Cut it with sturdy scissors or wire cutters and touch hot glue to the top.
- Press a puff ball on. Add another glue drop to the side of the puff ball and add another puff ball. Add a third puff ball if desired.
- Glue on the eyes to the front puff ball.
- Use red nail polish for the mouth.
Pre-made Mozzys are available for US$5, which includes shipping, from Sheryl at the address below. Lancing device is not included.
Mozzy the Mosquito
c/o Sheryl Hill
1220 Morningview Drive
Mound, MN 55364
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Last Updated: Saturday December 31, 2005 11:03:35
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