Former resident creates diabetes management tool

Diabetic Dabs in Wicked Local Boxford

When her oldest son, David, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2011, former St. Charles resident Elizabeth Lappin-Sacco’s life was suddenly thrown into “the unknown,” working with blood glucose testing strips and messy fingertips.

“This was all new territory for us,” Lappin-Sacco said. “We had never had a family member or friend with diabetes, so we didn’t know what to expect and now our son had to test his blood six to 10 times a day.”

She soon realized it was hard to find a clean, sterile and economical way for him to remove the excess blood from his finger after doing his blood glucose testing. After researching for two years and learning there was no product on the market to meet the needs of what she was looking for, she invented Diabetic Dabs.

“My 9-year-old son wasn’t using the Kleenex I was providing for him to wipe his finger,” Lappin-Sacco said. “Instead, he was wiping the blood on his case or worse yet on his clothes or licking his finger.”

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