testing BS

"LIL" Dolly
By "LIL" Dolly Latest Reply 2011-10-09 11:26:46 -0500
Started 2011-10-05 21:40:39 -0500

how many of you test you blood sugars 4 times a day I do & my fingers are getting real sore, I use different fingers all the time.

Signed Gwen

19 replies

akamonie 2011-10-08 17:34:36 -0500 Report

Hi, when my numbers are all over the place and not balanced I tend to test alot. Mostly because im curious. When numbers are high I tend to check to see how im
doing or if they went up higher. Thats how I found out my number was super high
and it scared me, I have never bee that high before. Do my fingers hurt oh yes, not alot but they are gettng there.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-08 14:58:15 -0500 Report

I test a minimum of 6 times daily and my fingers never got sore though I do finf it harder to draw enough blood. My fingers seem to have gotten scarred over the years. Sometimes I don't use a lancing device but rather just stick myself with the lancet. It hurts but I get the blood I need.

berrykins0 2011-10-06 09:41:01 -0500 Report

i test 2twice a day ever sense sept 2009 i had to test 4 times aday from april 2009 to sept 2009.i got mine under control by sept 2009 so my doc said as long as your numbers after breakfast and before dinner are so close to being the same its not necessary to do it that many times.i set my pen on 4 to get a drop of blood 5 is the highest mine goes.i don't rember my fingeers getting sore from doing it 4 times a day.i use my right finger to prick cause i left handed more comfortable and easier that way for me.

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 08:37:17 -0500 Report

Prior to going on the pump in mid-August, I was testing a minimum of 4 times a day and sometimes 5 and 6 times if I needed to confirm a low BG. My lancet is set at "3". Since starting on my pump, I am now testing 8 to 10 times a day to get the data needed to fine-tune the pump settings. We're getting closer after 6 weeks and I hope to get back to fewer daily finger sticks. Luckily, by rotating the fingers and sites, I haven't had problems. I'd be lost without my meter! (I'm also lucky to have insurance that covers much of the strip cost since I find that the most expensive part of my diabetes RX)

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2011-10-07 21:06:56 -0500 Report

Hello type1lou, I Am on the pump as well & I test maybe 4 to 5 x's or less now & my lancet device is set @ "3" Istill trying to get a fine tune with my pump did you get your pump through Medtronics?i Did & they are wounderful to be working with on the payments, also I get my testing supplys threw them as well.
Signed Gwen

Type1Lou 2011-10-09 11:26:46 -0500 Report

Yes, I am using the Medtronics Minimed Paradigm523 pump. When did you start on your pump? You and I both developed diabetes in our late 20's but I waited another 35+years before trying a pump…I never liked the idea of being hooked to something 24/7. As it turns out, it's no big deal, and the benefits far outweigh that objection. I love the more precise dosing and delivery options. I'm now kicking myself for having waited so long to try one. After 7 weeks, my BG's, for the most part, are getting where they belong…except for overnight…I'll go to bed with a BG of 86, eat a 15g snack of 4 crackers and PB, at 3am it's 122 and will wake up with a BG of 220! Also had a few bumps with detaching the pump to take showers then getting it re-attached. It turns out I was squeezing the gizmo to reattach when I shouldn't have…you only squeeze to take it off. I also had an instance where I had some pretty large air bubbles in the tubing and learned how to purge those without replacing the whole infusion set. I find it challenging to select my infusion sites. Right now, I'm using my thighs, and abdomen/torso. What kind of challenges have you encountered? Any tips for me? Medtronics support has been wonderful. The young rep is very conscientious and provided me with some guidance in dealing with my endo. I have an endo appointment tomorrow..my first since starting on my pump August 16. I've been sending in weekly BG's to them and they've been using those to tweak the pump settings (5 basal settings right now and 2 carb to insulin ratios.) I use the bolus wizard feature all the time for calculating dosage. Endo doesn't seem to want to use Carelink to access more complete data though. I'll get a better picture tomorrow. I travel over an hour to see this endo. It may be time to try to find one closer to home.

redcamel 2011-10-05 23:37:35 -0500 Report

Gwen you can use your ear lobe as well no pain there. Also decrease the number on the lancet. Some have numbers higher is more lower is less reduce the pressure on the lancet so it just barley draws blood.

Kf6krc 2011-10-05 22:09:52 -0500 Report

Hello, that is one problem I do not have. I test anywhere from 5 to 6 times a day and I guess I am so use to it it does not bother me. Now depending on you meter most of the new one come with a adapter so you can test on you arm instead of fingers! I tried this but I cannot get enough of a prick on my arm to draw blood so I stay with my fingers!
Good luck and give it a try!

jayabee52 2011-10-05 21:49:50 -0500 Report

Howdy Gwen. some days I test 4 X/day, other days I test 3 x/day.

I don't know what is wrong with me, but I seem not to have problems with sore fingers.

berrykins0 2011-10-06 09:41:56 -0500 Report

i'm surprised you need to do it that many times sense your not on meds like me. i only need to do it twice a day.

jayabee52 2011-10-08 02:02:58 -0500 Report

From the best advice I have seen' testing should be done a MINIMUM of 3 times per day. Especially if one is on diabetes lowering meds.

Drs often tell PWDs to test less than that because the insurance companies tell them to say that so to lower the cost of testing for the company. I test morning fasting, and then before bed. my 3rd is a post prandial test 2 hrs after a meal of my choosing.
I rotate meals after which I test according to the day of the week. The post prandial test is to determine the effects of the meal on your metabolism and your BG readings.

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2011-10-05 22:08:57 -0500 Report

Hello Jaybee, do you use the same figers all the time or do you switch off
what number on your lancet device do you have it set at to poke your finger
Signed Gwen

jayabee52 2011-10-05 22:27:30 -0500 Report

Hey Gwen,

I can not only use different fingers but I use different positions on my fingers. I will usually test on the right side of my fingernali of my left hand, but if that gets a bit sensitive, I can also test on the left side of the fingernail. I also can use the fleshy pad on my fingertips. So I have a total of 30 different places on both hands I can use.

As far as the depth on my lancet device, I need to use it at its deepest setting as my skin on my fingers is quite tough to get through. I've tried it on lighter settings but can't get a big enough blood droplet to form.


berrykins0 2011-10-06 09:46:24 -0500 Report

kinda intresting i use same finger same spot all the time.use right hand first finger left handed people prick right fingers hahaha.

dIDYMUS 2011-10-05 23:01:55 -0500 Report

My diabetic counselor told me to use the side of my fingers, right side left side, so that there are 20 testings available. But for me it is hard to remember where I started, and where I left off. I guess I should write it down. I have also heard that the first blood isn't really accurate, and that it should be a second. This was not mentioned to me. But if you use a wipe, the blood seems much thinner. What's up?

jayabee52 2011-10-05 23:06:26 -0500 Report

about the 1st blood being inaccurate I have heard it both ways. Some say inaccurate others say there's no problem with it. I just go with the first drop, and not worry about it.