How many times do you use the same lancet?
I might change mine 8 times a year - and that is a big might---

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I pretty much just change it once it quits working...i.e. when it gets too dull.
I try to change my lancet once a day, but that is highly unlikely. Whenever I open a new box of strips I will change the lancet as well.
Uh, what? they told me to change it every time. I'm on my second box of 100 and I've only been doing this 3 weeks.
Boy do I have a lot to learn. what about GERMS? what about dull painful lancets? next you guys will be telling me not to use alcohol swab. Who is this Dr. Bernstein, and whats the book?
What about needles?
I just spend $300 buying supplies of needle head for my pens, lancets, testing trips and alcohol swab.
Ha ... when I was on shots I didn't use alcohol swabs half the time. I also did shots through my clothes. I also reused pen needles twice sometimes. Never got an infection.

Now with the pump I use alcohol swabs, as it seems like a site could get more easily infected than an injection.
Jennifer, I thought I was the only one who stabbed myself w/ insulin through my clothes! I hardly ever use alcohol swabs either. Only when I'm showing someone how I test my bloodsugar - then I try to be a "good diabetic". lol
No alcohol either. Most of the books recommend against it, although some CDEs recommend its use still. We just wash hands.
I'm with you Jennifer! I did the exact same thing with the needles! But with a pump. That's different. There is a lancet machine I love called Accu Check MultiClick. Great for govt agencies so I can throw in trash.

I get this crapola lancets and lancet device every month for free. What do I do with it? I actually gave it to a friend of mine that doesn't have alot of money.
I use alcohol swabs for my pump and CGM sites because it removes any skin oil, and then they stick better. It's been proven (can't quote study) that alcohol swabbed on the skin doesn't kill any germs anyway -- apparently they have to be exposed to alcohol for about 20 minutes before they die. There was also a study that said that shooting through the clothes doesn't make any difference either -- there were no infections in the group that shot through their clothes.
Lancets and needles are different to me... I would only re-use a needle if it was an emergency. But lancets... another story ;)

Dr. Bernstein is a diabetes doc and diabetic himself. The book is called Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. He advocates an extremely low-carb diet, primarily, and I've followed it for a couple of months (I've slipped a bit since we moved in May) with very good results. I won't lie, though, it's HARD.

I never used alcohol swabs for anything, either.
I didn't just because it freaked me out. I'm not really worried about infections, but the ones I used bent so easily I was worried they might bend & hurt a lot. Thank heavens for the pump!
Me too! I really never planned on reusing syringes, but they work in a pinch. After about the third or fourth use, though, the needle would start to get painful. I never remember to change my lancets--I really only change them when the finger pricks don't produce much blood. I've never had an infected injection or finger prick site!
I've never used an alcohol swab. (Never told to, either)
I re-use needles for 2 or 3 days or until it hurts.
Germs are everywhere :D Be careful when re-using, I mean... if you drop it in dog poo then that might be time to give it up huh? lol But day to day stuff shouldn't be a big deal if you're washing your hands most of the time and being careful not to drop it in the toilet :D

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