Not enough blood?

Della - 24193
By Della - 24193 Latest Reply 2015-07-31 10:21:30 -0500
Started 2008-10-14 16:04:04 -0500

Ok heres the deal. My son just cant bring himself to stick his finger. And his arm and palm just arnt giving him enough blood to check his levels. What do I do ? His poor arms are bruising from him squezzing on them to try and get them to bleed. And I cant seem to explain to him to where he will listen that he has got to check his fingers.Is there anouther way to do it . Or am I gonna have to threaten him with his life so to speak to get him to start pricking his fingers?

12 replies

helenjmidgett 2015-07-31 10:21:30 -0500 Report

I know that this is late but try pricking the fingers on the side but not too far down on the side. The tech in my Dr.'s office showed me that and I have no problems with it now, and I'm 76 year old "oldie" as some of my great grandkids say.

momoftype1 2008-10-17 14:35:37 -0500 Report

My daughter does all of hers on her own now, but when she was first diagnosed it was kinda big and scary. Kd is right about the threats-the best thing to do is in little people talk tell him how important it is.

Kd's finger dissection is also very correct. No one told us about that and she had sore fingers for the first month. Also we do not use the thumb at all-it seems to be tender for her no matter what part she pokes.

She has her own id on this site, and if he is into that at all, she and he may be able to get some e-mails going to help him out. If he is interested either send a private e-mail or create a profile for him and let me know so they can chat. Good luck :-)

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-10-17 06:52:51 -0500 Report

Hi Guys,

The "virtually painless" laser model is called the Pelikan Sun. It's an investment at $200, but for a situation like yours, probably well worth it. See my review here:

One note on CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) systems: you still have to do some finger sticks every day in order to calibrate the system. And you have to wear a sensor attached to your body all the time. Is your boy up for that?


vgarrison 2008-10-17 04:00:09 -0500 Report

Here ya go. I hurt more on my arm than I do on my fingers. As long as you stay away from the middle of the finger and don't go to high its ok. Oh and let your son know that my 3 year old daughter will grab my lancet and prick her own finger…an 11 year old would never let a girl let alone a "baby" out do him.

Good luck

kdroberts 2008-10-15 02:22:00 -0500 Report

The freestyle lite meter uses the smallest sample (half that of the aviva and less than 1/3 of the onetouch ones). I don't care for the meter but a lot of people do. Also, invest in an accu-chek multiclix lancing device. It's very customizable in terms of how deep the prick goes and is by far and away the least painful one out of the 6 or so different ones I've used. Sometimes it does hurt if I hit the wrong spot but mostly it doesn't hurt and 50% of the time I feel nothing. It also helps psychologically too as you never actually see the point that pricks you.

Make sure you never prick the pad of the finger or the very top. If you look at the finger straight on (your palms facing you), divide it into thirds vertically. Avoid the middle third at all costs but the outer thirds are good spots. Then look at the finger side on and divide the top section (where it bends) it into quarters horizontally. Avoid the top and bottom quarters and use the middle. It's kind of hard to explain without pictures but easy when you look at your finger. Don't push the device into the finger, let it sit there lightly and then press the button. Warm hands will also help and don't use alcohol pads as they will dry out the skin and make it more painful.

Also, never ever use fear to try and get somebody, especially a child, to manage their diabetes as it will end up backfiring long term. Talk to them honestly but never threaten. It may help if you prick yourself a few times to show him it's not that bad because it really isn't when you hit the right spots.

caspersmama 2008-10-15 02:31:00 -0500 Report

Why no alcohol pads? I use them every time. What are we supposed to use.

kdroberts 2008-10-15 02:46:05 -0500 Report

They dry your fingers out and they will actually make it hurt more. I don't use anything, most of the time I don't even wash my hands. As long as your hands are clean there is no need to do anything special. I did use to use them but I stopped a while back. I still carry them with my meter in case I need to test when my hands are dirty and I can't wash them. You have to figure things out for yourself and what works for you. For me, not using them works out far better than using them. People have cautioned me about infections but in reality, I don't think there is any more chance of infection than if you touch your mouth or run your eyes. So far I haven't had any problems and I also re-use the same lancette for 20 or so tests.

patti 2008-10-15 00:53:28 -0500 Report

I use the acucheck aviva to test with, only needs a small amount and gives resuslts in 5 seconds. Ask your doc about it.

caspersmama 2008-10-15 00:59:33 -0500 Report

Yes I agree try to get the meter that requires the least amount of blood. There are several these days. Ask your doctor, he may have free meters to give away. Alot of them do. Or right now you can get a free Freestyle meter from their website.

sisson 2008-10-14 17:31:45 -0500 Report

Hi Della
I don't know how old your little boy is he look's litte form what I can see. I really don't know what to tell you because I am 47 and it hurt's me to pick my own finger & there have been times when I can't get enough blood out myself. But maybe if you make some kind of game out of it he will let you pick him. Good luck and Take care I hope a friend Penny

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