I'm reading the Diabetes Solution book and last night I read chapters 4 and 5 about when and how to test and recording the result. I wanted to try the testing sites mentioned on page 84, however I find them to be more painful than my finger tips and I have not been able to draw enough blood to use for a test.
Am I doing something wrong? Am I just one of the lucky ones who can't use these alternate sites on the backs of my fingers? I'm using a the Delica lancet that came with my One Touch Ultra 2 meter.
It doesn't work for me either. I sort of split the difference now. I don't use the tips and I don't use the back; I go about half an inch down on either side. I might actually take a picture and post it to show you.
Editing to add this picture of one of my favorite sites (marked with pen):
Thanks for the info and the picture. I'll give that area a try.
Welcome to the group.
I also couldn't use that area either. Hurt! Don't believe you're doing anything wrong.
Thanks. Oh, I'm doing a lot wrong but I'm learning and trying to be better. ;)
I have to agree with Shawnmarie and Gerri. Backs of fingers really hurt and I got no blood. Only tried it once. I don't think you are doing anything wrong. I test like Shawnmarie's photo but typically closer to the finger tip. I use an Accu-Chek Softclix which uses a proprietary lancet. I believe it hurts a little less and causes less callus buildup.
Don't you want to save those tips for your guitar strings? I try to save mine for my harp. :-)
I only test on my right hand, avoiding the problem. I do a little hybrid picking (pick + middle finger) but since I only use my ring and pinkie for testing it doesn't bother me. Acidrock and I have fantasized about an all tuD jam session a time or two. Ever try any blues on the harp? :)
I use the harp a lot to accompany myself singing and I believe it would work beautifully with the blues.
I haven't tried it yet because it just seems like it will be more painful there. I'll have to work up the nerve and try it. I'll use a new lancet on the lowest setting and wash my hands in the warmest/hottest water I can stand, like I do now. I'll report back here afterwards but until then it's interesting to read others' experiences.
Don't feel singled out. I can't get decent results on the backs of my fingers either, and I find them to be MUCH more painful, dramatically so. I quit trying to use them some time ago.
Instead, I use each finger in three different spots -- left, right, and center. That gives me 30 sites to rotate thru, which seems to work pretty well. I use the ten left sites, then the ten center ones, then the ten right ones. That way each site goes a few days between uses. Works well for me. Your results may vary :)
I can only use my right hand for testing, but have4-5 sites on most fingers that are useable and not paintful usually. I use the one Shawnmarie illustrated, closer to the fingertip like BadMoon, and on some fingers the side of the second joint will work.
I do think it is painful, but I massage the fatty side of the digit that I am using, and the blood shows up on the other side, back of the finger where I pricked. I take Aleve and aspirin everyday for my RA. I also exercise more than most people. Maybe that makes a difference. I like to use the back of my fingers sometimes, because my finger tips don't always clot as fast as I would like, especially with pressure.