Most people have daily rituals that help them define tasks to be accomplished. My day usually starts off before dawn by feeding my beagle her morning ration and then brewing a small pot of coffee. The next step is checking my blood glucose so that just as the coffee is brewed, I also know how my fasting blood sugar measures up to my expectations. Usually, the number on the meter is quite acceptable - and assures me that my body is working properly on the fuel (food) I put in it. I have Type 2 diabetes and self-testing is one way I keep track of this increasingly common metabolic disease.