Ok, this is not how a *perfect* blind person checks blood sugar *perfectly. This is a realtime discussion from someone who is learning how to do this, that will hopefully help others struggling as I am and who have no help or very little.
The first thing I am learning is to be patient. It's not easy to check blood sugar when you can't see because the strips are designed such that there's only a certain little area about the size of the head of a pin that wicks up the blood. So patience, practice and be prepared to stick your fingers many many times at first. Sorry I know that's not what you want to hear if you're blind like me. The first thing you will need to do is examine the strip with your fingertips. I am not sure what to say if you can't feel the strip due to complications. But if you slowly explore the curvy round end of the strip you will notice that on the edge, there is a small notch. Can't feel it? Ues a finger nail. This is, I think, where you aim for with the blood. Ready set stick. Now prick your finger. I am still not sure where to prick exactly but it seems the general consensis that it's best to prick on the sides. Now, with any luck your finger will start to bleed. When it does pick up your meter and bring it to the blood not the other way around. In other words, hold the meter to the puncture site and hold it with the stuck out end of the strip, (the round end) pointed at the floor. Don't press but lightly touch. So far that's all I know. It's still taking multiple sticks to get a reading. But I'm determined. That isn't how my fiance put it last night when I wanted to test my blood glucose after we had already tested it. I did see reason and finally took a break from it and decided to wait til later. The worst part is that it takes so many sticks for me to either get the blood or get it on the strip. Anyway if you want to ask questions please do so. Well I'm yawning a lot, sign of low blood sugar I guess or maybe just because I only had three hours sleep last night.
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