Slow blood draw

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-07-31 09:27:52 -0500
Started 2011-07-29 09:08:11 -0500

Thought I was bruising my fingers due to a high lancet setting so I lowered it. However I still had bruising and noticed I was squeezing my fingers to get the blood to flow faster. What do you do to get it to flow faster. I hate it when my meter times out plus patience has never been my virtue.

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grandmaducky 2011-07-30 09:28:58 -0500 Report

i have this trouble too i have found different fingers give different amount of blood has anybody else noticed this

GabbyPA 2011-07-31 09:00:07 -0500 Report

Yes my thumbs are really good. My pinkies used to work well, but stopped. My birdie finger on my left is good, but too calloused on my right. I also find my left hand is much more cooperative than my right.

vonweidhaas 2011-07-29 20:15:58 -0500 Report

My fingers are sore and I ran into the same problem with wasting strips. However if you "milk" your finger before actually jabbing it, blood flow is easier. If not milk if after the sticking and you should get a decent amount. I set my lancet on medium. No Patience here either;)

shoulders 2011-07-29 18:09:01 -0500 Report

I was taught to wash my hands with warm water and dry completely. Then hang my hand down for a few seconds then try to pick on the sides of my finger. Never stick the pad of your fingers. Also was told to shake your hand while its

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diabetes control 2011-07-29 11:57:23 -0500 Report

Realize that you have got to do this and tune out the discomfort,,I hate when my meter says ERR.

jayabee52 2011-07-29 18:13:34 -0500 Report

me too I hate wasting a strip.

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diabetes control 2011-07-29 20:04:22 -0500 Report

Well I just waste some on purpose. I wanted to see how high my sugar would get. I had grits and chilli with beans. Took my reading and it was 210, my lady came home with fried chicken and brown beans, I admit I am piggying out, laid down and took a nap, I told you food will put me to sleep, no more than a hour and a half pasted and I am looking for a huge number. My low breeze2 125,my breeze2 135 myfreestyle freedom lite 147, my breeze2 that is new (readings tend to vary on it) 157. Yes I used four meters.

Now I can still feel this meal, it is still being processed. I can only make a conclusion that my second time around fixing or controlling my diabetes that I have healed my liver and pancreas. Strongly again, I can't wait to get to those neuro-specialist. I am just over taken. Now lately I have been eating every thing (some caution) not nailed down. When I went into the hospital they did not feed me nothing for almost 4 days, and then broth. Three and half days in post recovery the hospital food is very bland. At home my sweetie was feeding me very light. I will take contol and get on a schedule to exercise and eat right and lose weight. "We shall see".

I am truly blessed and I feel touched from up above and I am going to take it to the people. I will work out a way to deal with of all the negatives and positives so that the total message can be a positive. I commend you for your dedication to stick to what you do!


jayabee52 2011-07-29 10:09:19 -0500 Report

I hate it when the meter times out too, and when it does, sometimes I waste a test strip because I get the blood drop on the strip before I notice the time out.

GabbyPA 2011-07-29 09:14:39 -0500 Report

Wash your hands in warm water, that can help. Also hanging your hand down for a bit before you lance it will help. Squeezing is what causes the bruise, as you suspect. I would also try to do it on the sides of your fingers. I find I bleed better on the sides than the pad.
Here is some info from our Health Center.
Maybe there is something in there that you can try.

Marytea 2011-07-30 09:30:01 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby. I just have no patience and probably need to try a new lancet that uses less blood.