This is the deal - no needle is prescribed to be used more than once. So technically, you get 6 per drum and then it should be changed. That being said, I am once a monther too. I reuse insulin needles too. The risks are infection, but I mentally try to rationalize it that its my own blood and obviously the benefit cost and laziness. I am glad people are more open about discussing reuse. My sister is a vet and screams at me as obviously bacteria etc. from reuse could be on the needle and give you an infection. To date, if anything for me, it dulls the needle and hurts a little more.
Laziness may be an issue but for many it might be cost. I am a religious use-oncer but some insurance company foolishness made me look at my 2012 bills for lancets, needles, etc. I was surprised to learn that I paid over $900 AND the trolls at the insurance company reimbursed NOTHING even though this stuff is covered 100%. Don't want to hijack this thread so I won't mention I***rance again.
I believe if your healthcare costs are like 7.5% of your income, you can deduct them from your taxes if you file with deductions. I'd check with an accountant. I know I keep track of every dime from copays to lancets, and make all premiums are given to my accountant.
Hey,. Deannan, I just looked the thing up and it says it has a bunch of adjustments. Do they have a setting that says, "don't let the lancet any closer than .86 inches away from the finger" ? How did you go about setting yours?
.86 seems far. I just experimented with blood amount and pain. In fact, after this thread I tried three and it worked just fine. I am going to try 2.5 tonight. Meh, I hate all this stuff, but this is the only one I will use. I will not take my blood sugar otherwise!
I used the OneTouch lancing device for three and a half years. I've tried the Delica and am not in love with it--the lancet bends if you so much as look at it and I have trouble priming it for some reason. It also has an awful tendency to not draw enough blood unless I set it too deep.
I switched to the Fastclix this November. I keep it on the lowest setting. It rocks! I had to switch back to OneTouch for a week and I hated it. Now I have to use the Multiclix because my mail-order pharmacy ran out of the Fastclix lancets (I know, it makes no sense). I hate the Multiclix because of the priming step and the drums are hard t inset/remove. I miss my Fastclix!!!
I like the ones that poke without hurting too badly. Preferably, they will go deep enough to yield enough blood for a test.
Actually, I have no preference. The only one I have ever used is a One-Touch, in some form or another. As long as they work, I am good with it.