For the last couple months I have been using the onetouch delica. It is a thinner lancet and most of the time i can get a bleeder just fine. Today i had an occurance where i tried to test where i could not get it to lance. I tried different lancets to make sure it wasnt that and that the device was working fine. I had to switch to a larger gauge lancet on another device to get a sample. a couple hours later when i had to test again i tried using the delica and was able to get a sample. It was not the device. has anyone had the occurance where they were not able to get a sample with a thinner gauge lancet.
Hey Phil, over the years, no matter what lancing device I was using, I have occasionally had the problem you mention where I just can't seem to get a sample. When that happens, I usually try washing my hands with warm water and trying again. I don't know if it softens up my hands or what, but it seems to work.
I switched to the Delica about 4 months ago and love it. I used an Accuchek device for many many years but had gotten to the point where I had little black dots on all of my fingers. My CDE gave me a Delica and lancets to try - she said that's what they use on babies so I figured I would give it a try. All the black spots on my fingers are absolutely gone now.
I had to go back to using my softclix think my skin is getting callous from all the constant pricking
Another thought...are you rotating the sites carefully? Finger sticks tend to build up calluses over time, so if you constantly stick the same spot, you're going to develop a callus that needs a much harder finger stick to penetrate.
Yep, I switch fingers every time i test. I use each one once except for the pinky. normally on the second round i switch to the other side of the finger
I use the delica and always have to squeeze my finger to get a drop of blood. I probably need to change the dial.
I used to have this problem and my CDE told me to soak my hands in warm water for a minute or two before pricking. It does work even though it is a right royal nuisance to do.
I think that w/ the Delica it's something w/ the alignment as I've run into the "it won't lance" issue too. I take the "lid" off and shoot the thing into my finger. I do ok getting blood but when I change it out, I often have to fiddle around with it to get it to work. I'm not a big fan.
I have had this happen too, where it seems mis-aligned and won't poke through. I find that the Delica are so thin that sometimes they get stuck in my finger for a second after I poke my finger... I am thinking this may bend the lancet a little. I find that I am forced to replace these lancets more frequently than the others. I am not a real fan of them, but am using up the box I have before I switch... I am too cheap to waste them! :)
Yes more times than I can count. The delica is just too fine for me, the lancet device that came with my new FreeStyle meters is crap too. I use the original OneTouch lancet that came with the meter I have the black spots on my 4 middle fingers, I never use index or little finger. I might get a cgm so I can cut back on sticks and maybe let my fingers heal. It's probably just calloused.
I have mixed feelings about the delica. When it works it works great, but I too have times it just doesn't seem to want to poke hard enough or deep enough to get blood. I'm not sure if its due to calluses or like AR said just a misalignment or what. But it has helped considerably with all those ugly black dots forming on your fingertips, so for that reason alone, I'll deal with the occassional annoying issue of the device not seeming to poke deep enough or hard enough for blood. I too have wondered if they are not more intended for pediatric use.