I hate testing!

SavageJones
By SavageJones Latest Reply 2012-10-06 05:44:42 -0500
Started 2012-04-02 20:35:39 -0500

It's not just the pricks, or the bloody spots I leave everywhere I go, it's everything about it! I hate the way people look at me when I do it, and the inevitable barrage of questions and advice… I know testing my blood sugar is a vital part of keeping track of my health, but since I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September of 2009 I haven't used through 2 boxes of lancets. Sometimes I feel I'd rather slit my wrists than prick my pinky… Has anyone else ever felt that way?


24 replies

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-05-09 20:36:40 -0500 Report

well you could always go back to the prehistoric times when there was urine and keytone testing. Ive actually gone back to doing this at times just to give the fingers a break. The test supplies are still available today. Though today there is a new device to test the tears for BG ,Im not real sure if it is available here in the USA yet,my attention span isnt too good,well mememory anyway.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2012-04-08 11:19:06 -0500 Report

I think as diabetics we all have times when we want to just chuck it all. Since I have several people in my life who love me and would like to keep me around for as long as they can I go on. I get up and put one foot in front of the other and carry on with my life as a diabetic. Just hang in there. Keep coming back to Diabetic Connect. Lots of nice folks here and lots of support. We are all in this together.

CJ55
CJ55 2012-10-05 21:39:26 -0500 Report

I agree with MrsCDogg. I know there are times when I want to just throw in the towel and give up as well. I test at least 9 times a day. My fingers are black and blue. But, you must test.. It is the only way to determine how well or how badly you are doing. You cannot give in to the disease… You cannot give up… Keep coming here to DC. There are sooo many wonderful, caring people here who will give you great advice and tips on living with D. I am sure there are many people in your life that want you around for many years to come. I wish you well. Good Luck & God Bless.

Denisency213
Denisency213 2012-04-07 11:17:32 -0500 Report

I hate testing too it's not the actual pricking it waiting for that stupid number to determine my day!!!!!!!

CJ55
CJ55 2012-10-05 21:45:04 -0500 Report

Denisency213.. Keep testing, but don't let that number determine how your day will go. If it is a bit high, try to recall what you ate last and try to change what you ate to make it high. Testing to me is a guide as to how I should be eating.

techguy87114
techguy87114 2012-04-14 22:01:11 -0500 Report

don't let the number DETERMINE your day.. let it be a GUIDE and a GOAL to work on it.. let it get you thinking why it is what is is. Its always interesting to me when my number is higher than I think it will be. there are so many factors! Oh, &7 dont forget your meter typically going to be + or - 20 points.. The best medicine I have taken on my own Diabetes journey these sort few months- A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E.

best,

techguy87114

"keep one foot in the gutter & one fist in the gold"

roshy
roshy 2012-04-07 19:47:35 -0500 Report

i can relate to this. . . . . . have you ever refused to test because you KNOW the number is going to be disappointing!??? so instead of wasting good blood and proving yourself right you just dont bother????

My meter can be that feckin naggin mother when im too high it beeps loudly at me, god i hate that beep!!!!!!

Young1s
Young1s 2012-04-07 17:09:32 -0500 Report

Can be the longest seconds and/or the most exciting seconds depending upon how the night before ended for me.

Matunuckan
Matunuckan 2012-04-06 11:55:12 -0500 Report

Hi! I've been on an insulin pump for aound 12 yrs - this requires me to do finger sticks 4 to 8 times a day. I've always felt that if someone has a problem with anything I do, that is their problem, not mine. It is just something I have to do to be healthy. The pump has returned me to a much more normal life, & the costs (testing multiple times every day) of the resultant benefits to me, are definiely worth it.

SavageJones
SavageJones 2012-04-05 09:33:22 -0500 Report

Hey, thanks for all the support! It's really nice to hear from people who understand what I'm going through.

Part of my proplem with testing is I feel it's forcing me to be a very methodical individual when I've always been spontaneous. It's so difficult for me to test at intervals, even worse for me to record the numbers. I've started about 10 log books, and very rarely do I make it past the first page. Any tips that might help me get testing into my daily routine? I'm really going to try to do this right, since it's the only life I've got. Time to stop running away!

RUSTY777
RUSTY777 2012-10-05 21:13:42 -0500 Report

HI! THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME, YET MY DAD WAS TO GET BOTH LEGS AMPUTATED (WHAT A QUIET SOUNDING WORD RATHER THAN "CUT OFF"), AND LOST VISION IN ONE EYE, WHEN HE DIED INSTEAD OF PNEUMONIA! I AM THANKFUL HE DIED FOR TO LIVE W/O HIS LEGS WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM ANYHOW, ONE WAY OR ANOHTER. ANYHOW, I GO UP AND DOWN LIKE A ROLLER COASTER, AND DROP DANGEROUSLY LOW. CAPS ARE DUE TO LOW VISION. I USED TO WALK 5 MILES A DAY, 5/6 DAYS A WEEK AND ALWAYS WATCHED THE FOODS THAT PASSED MY LIPS. I AM TOLD IT IS MY MEDICATION NOW, BUT I HAVE TO HAVE WHAT I TAKE. I CAN NO LONGER WALK, AND I DECIDED TO KEEP ONE JOURNAL THAT RECORDS THE DAY, TIME OF DAY, AND BG READING, AND MY TEMP. THE 2ND JOURNAL I KEEP UP WITH EACH MEAL, I'M SUPPOSED TO HAVE 6 SMALL MEALS, AND THIS COINSIDES WITH MY BG JOURNAL. THIS WAY I CAN SEE WHAT FOODS ASERBATE THE SITUATION, AND WHICH SEEM TO HELP BETTER CONTROL. THIS HELP'S ME TO FEEL MORE IN CONTROL. I WAS NEVER OVERWEIGHT UNTIL I TOOK A FALL TRANSFERING FROM MY LIFT CHAIR TO MY POWER CHAIR. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WALK FOR OVER 7 YRS NOW. I MISS HIKING MORE THAN I EVEN MISS DRIVING MYSELF WHERE EVER I WANT TO GO. I WANT TO CLIMB MOUNTAIN SIDES, AND WALK RIVER BANKS ONCE MORE! I WANT TO BALL ROOM DANCE ONCE MORE! I HAVE LOT'S OF I WANTS, YET NOW IT IS WHAT DO I DO TO ADAPT TO LIFE AS I KNOW IT NOW? LOL LIFE IS A CHOICE I MAKE I GUESS! :D

roshy
roshy 2012-04-06 21:59:22 -0500 Report

ah dont worry about it!! there are so many new advanced technologies in development right now that will make finger pricking a thing of the past!!!

Like nano ink technology!!! or testing BGs through tear trops!!! then theres CGMs!!!

But for now why dont you try Alternative site testing (AST) some people use their forearms or palms to give their fingers a well deserved break!! i have a really nice lancet device called the multiclix!! it uses a barrell of 6 lancets which means all you have to do is rotate to a new lancet instead of changing a new one!! its pretty neat and painless!!!

However i do feel your pain!! T1 is a pain in the . . . . . . finger alll the time!!!

Young1s
Young1s 2012-04-05 10:48:22 -0500 Report

If you have an alarm on your phone, set it to the times that you want to test during the day. Also, if it's a smart phone, look for a glucose monitoring app you can install. There are some really good ones for free. It'll make logging your BG's easier, especially when you're on the go.

sasypphire
sasypphire 2012-04-05 00:45:07 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic for 10 yes now and I went through my whole teens with it. I don't leave blood around because after pricking it I just stick it in my mouth. A habit I picked up when I would go to diabetic camp. Just don't be embarrass about your diabetes! Being a closet diabetic won't do you any good and maybe the strength you show to other will lend someone else to say yes I'm a diabetic to and I'm not going to put my health at risk because you don't like what you see. Lol if people don't like what they see just tell them to close their eyes.

Jeanae
Jeanae 2012-04-03 16:01:50 -0500 Report

I tested my glucose in the ladies room at a restaurant and a woman came in and said very loudly to the person on the other end of the cell phone "Oh My God! There is a woman shooting cocaine in the bathroom!" So I started going into a stall with a paper towel, getting everything together and test in there, wrap the test strip, etc in the paper towel, put the lancet in my tiny sharps container in my purse and drop the rest in the trash. I then wash my hands very carefully before leaving. People can be rude. Some people are just that way. Some people are just squeamish. Either way, you do this for your HEALTH! If you are leaving drops of blood then maybe you can set your lancet to not go in as deep or ask your pharmacist to recommend a different system. Good luck. But don't let any one stop you from testing. You NEED to for your health. Good luck!

draco59
draco59 2012-04-03 13:14:13 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome,
I haven't felt that way, but I was a lab tech for over 20 yrs.( new profession now) I would let the new and learning stick me, even when my wife was in nursing school I was there IV test dummy…
You should care what other people think; most people really don't know anything about diabetes, that’s why they stare. You need to ignore them and go about your business. I fine the most curious are children, then I would take the time to answer the questions, they have no learned conclusions about anything it just pure curiosity.
Good luck
Brian

door331
door331 2012-04-03 11:18:04 -0500 Report

Eventually you will get to the point where it doesn't matter if people look or stare. You just be you and do your thing and everyone else can go bugger off.

I do get annoyed by the fact our technology is still so dated and obnoxious. Why can't they make a line of discrete diabetes products? I will design a silent lancing device if someone helps manufacture it. Mine is so loud and I hate using it at my cubicle.

As for lancets- protip- I can't remember the last time I changed mine. ;)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-02 21:30:41 -0500 Report

Actually I don't have a problem with it other then the price of the test strips and the amount you get:) I don't leave blood spots everywhere as I just hold the cotton or tissue on the spot for a few seconds and it stops, but if I need to I put a band aid on it so as to keep things clean. You can test without others watching you even if it means going to the bathroom. People usually are dealing with the blood issue when watching, who wants to see or deal with someone else's bloody mess! Being on insulin most of my life has allowed me to be inventive in checking bg and taking shots of insulin.

You are still new to it and once you accept it things will get easier and you'll feel better. You can get lancing devices that allow you to pick how deep the lancet goes in, maybe that will make a difference in how you feel? I use onetouch meters so no pain with the number I have set:)

Hope things start looking up for you:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 21:28:35 -0500 Report

Not me, I test on my arm. If people are looking at you funny when you test, are you testing in public, on a stage in front of thousands of people? If so people will look at you. People wouldn't ask you questions if they didn't see you testing. As for advice, the most advice comes from people who don't have the disease and know nothing about it so why listen to them. I don't test publicly because there are people terrified of blood and needles and it is unsanitary. At work, I carry a container in my purse for my used lancet. I put a napkin on my desk, open an alcohol wipe and swab my finger or arm, prick my finger or arm. Take another wipe and press it on the prick point. I put used wipes back in the pack then into a baggie and back in the purse to dispose of properly at home. I don't leave bloody spots anywhere because I use an alcohol wipe and put a little pressure on the spot. If I use my finger I run cold water on the spot. If you are leaving bloody spots, you are creating a bio hazard for those around you.

Ask your doctor if you can test on your arm. You can buy a lancing device that is specifically for testing on the arm. Also if you use the fingers, rotate fingers and test on the side instead of the middle. Hope this helps

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