Does everyone use there finger tips to test blood sugars? I like my arm but my Doctor said no use your finger tips.But it hurts....Any tips? Thanks! Also I keep my insulin in the fridge except for the bottle im using now is that ok?
First about the insulin-- yes that is fine! I do the same.
The finger tips are supposedly more accurate than other places that you could test. I have found that what makes the BIGGEST difference is which lancet you use. I have found one that hardly hurts me at all. It is called "Softclix". There is a newer similar one called "Multiclix". They cost 20-40 dollars, but if you can get a free Accu-chek meter, the meter usually comes with one of these. To check out a current offer that comes with a Multiclix lancet device, click here.
Also, if it hurts a lot, try lower the strenghth of the poke on your current lancet device. When I poke, I do it so that it doesn't poke too deeply. At first I don't get any blood, but then if i squeeze my finger a little, a drop comes out!
I have always used my finger tips because i got bruises when i tested on my arms.
I would second Kristin, the Softclix does seem to hurt less. The lancets are a proprietary design and will not interchange with standard lancets, They are priced about the same as standard lancets so the only downfall is the price of the device itself. I also believe they cause less build up of calluses on my fingers, I can get by with only using 2 fingers, even though I test 7 to 10 times a day.
Hi, I am with Kristen on this one. After awhile the pain doesn't seem so bad on your fingers, and they are sure handy and according to research, pretty accurate! Keep up the good work ladies....
Long time (ha!) no hear from! Hope you have been doing well since we last "talked."
I AM WITH THE OTHERS, TOO!!! I have two different sources ... me and my DR. I have personally found that the alternative site tests were almost 30-40 points higher than the fingers. The DR explained it had something to do with .......er, I can't remember the technical explanation!!! Old Timer's Disease!
Also, I have 3 (count them ... 1, 2, 3) multiclix pens and I LOVE and ADORE them. Just for the convenience of the lancets being in a drum and not having to fuss with replacing them every time. Get real ... who really ever changes them each time? By the way, I don't even feel testing anymore.
I also love the Accuchek Compact Plus meter. Although it doesn't come with the multiclix. This meter is the cat's pajamas because the test strips are in a drum, too.
Also, a note from the vampire tech at the ER .... using alcohol wipes can cause a change in the BG result. They are now recommending just a good washing. Don't use the bottled hand cleaners as they contain alcohol ... which affects the BG reading.
Whew! That's a lot for me to remember. If I can be of further assistance, madam, please contact me at customer service!!!
SAmeas others--keep the vial/pen I am using out and the rest in the fridge---my endo says if you are going to give insulin use the fniger--otherwise alternate sitre ok--like CGMS about 15 min behind
as afar as lancing the renew lancer --odd looking-is the one I have founnd to be the best-you can get a free one to try--my BCBS insurance even covers them (big surprise--they usually fight over everything)
I didn't learn as much as I should have, when I was diagnosed, but I was told by the nurse to use the sides of my fingers for blood sugar testing. She said there were fewer nerve endings there. Hope that helps.
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