Alternate BG testing sites

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-07-06 18:14:21 -0500
Started 2011-07-04 09:36:43 -0500

Some folks have suggested testing for BS on the forearm. Does this work? My husband has been unsuccessful but I would really like to try this. any tips? Successes? failures? any other sites that work for you?

5 replies

edvel54 2011-07-06 18:14:21 -0500 Report

Have you tried the palms of your hand, just below the thumb and the little finger.
Went to a diabetes class and that is what they suggested as a alternative site.

NavyNerd 2011-07-05 13:56:14 -0500 Report

I can't get it to work and then my arms hurt.. I gave up and I just use my fingers, it hurts less anyhow. I haven't heard that other people have trouble with teh arms hurting, though. Its worth a try- if it works for him awesome, if not then he can switch back :) Good luck!

Marytea 2011-07-05 13:58:56 -0500 Report

Thank you, Navynerd. Think I am sticking (no pun intended) to my fingers. My father was a Marine nerd and my hubby is an Air Force nerd:)

lmkilday 2011-07-04 22:13:05 -0500 Report

I haven't been able to get enough blood from my upper arm to test. Also, trying to use the lancet on my upper arm is awkward. I test on the sides of my fingers or thungs instead of using my fingertips. I don't want to make them sore, especially since I need to type.

jayabee52 2011-07-04 11:14:41 -0500 Report

I only use my fingers, but my bride "Jem" was blind and read Braille with her fingers, and she wanted to save her fingers from the pokes.

Soooooo we tried her forearms for a while. We used the One Touch ultra meter at that time and it came with a clear adapter to use for the "alternate site testing". After triggering the lancet I had to continue to hold the clear lancet pen tip over the place where I poked her til a blood droplet formed. Sometimes I couldn't get enough blood from one site so I had to try another site. And I had to keep the pen steady while I was holding it down so I didn't smear the droplet and have to poke her again.

We often found that it was too much hassle to get the right amount of blood that way, so eventually we changed the tip and poked her fingers. We eventually abandoned the alternate testing sites and returned to poking her fingers exclusively. We had a few successes but more trouble with getting enough blood from her forearm. And she never really complained that her braille reading fingers hurt too much to read.

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