lancing is not easy

By dtn Latest Reply 2012-06-20 17:36:06 -0500
Started 2012-06-06 22:02:25 -0500

Hi all
I'm new to diabetes having just been diagnosed last Friday. I've been put on meds and have been instructed to test 4 times daily for the next couple of weeks - pre breakfast and then 2 hrs after each meal. I'm having a problem lancing myself to test. So far I've been able to do it in the morning, but the remaining times during the day I'm not able to lance myself - it's a mental thing that I'm struggling with. Anyway I've been trying to think of ways to get past this. Tonight I held an ice cube beside my finger for a minute to numb it and it seemed easier to do it. My question - is this going to affect the test results.


12 replies

old biker
old biker 2012-06-20 17:36:06 -0500 Report

Hang in there it will get better..I read somewhere there will be new meters coming out soon..That won't require you to lance your finger..Reason being that there are a lot of people who hate the finger lancing part of testing

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-10 23:56:04 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I use my Onetouch lancing device no matter which meter I use, as it has a dial on it so you can choose how deep the lancet goes in. The number I use, there is NO pain so testing isn't an issue. Look for a lancing device that lets you adjust the depth or go to the site and purchase the one I use.

It will become routine soon, just keep track of the numbers as well as when taken as you will be asked every time you go to the drs, they usually want to see your log:)

Caroltoo 2012-06-11 09:37:46 -0500 Report

I use my One Touch lancing device with any/all meters also. Love the adjustibility.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-12 00:48:18 -0500 Report

Isn't it great, I remember when young having only the lancet to use and it was painful! When I go to drs, hospital, or labs I take my meter with me and use my lancet device if they don't have one. The hosp is bad about doing it the old fashion way. I always have a family member with me on these visits to insist in case I'm unable to do it myself.

jayabee52 2012-06-07 00:29:10 -0500 Report

Howdy dtn, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect.

Regarding the holding the ice cube next to your finger, it shouldn't affect your reading, provided you dry your finger thoroughly. If you don't dry it thoroughly there is a possibility water could mix with your blood and that would thin out your blood and you'd have a inaccurate reading.

DeanaG 2012-06-06 23:09:04 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
It will get easier to lance the longer you do it.
In my diabetes education classes we were told to wash your hands with soap and warm water, the warm water gets the blood flowing, dry your hands and then shake your hand out to your side, then just hit the plunger.
Sometimes I still close my eyes and winch, but it gets easier and easier.

Nana_anna 2012-06-06 22:20:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect! A good place to be! The best thing to do, is to just do it! I am been a diabtic since 2006. You never get used to it. I don't like sticking myself everyday. I just do it and get it over with. In time it will be part of your daily routine, and you won't think twice about it. Same with the shots. It's scarey, but it helps to know the numbers. I hope this helps you.

RC12 2012-06-06 22:15:40 -0500 Report

I don't believe your method will affect the reading. Have you played with the different levels on the lancing device? Start at the lowest setting and click up just enough to get blood. The mental thing is normal, I still flinch before I press the button and I'm even into tattoos!

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