Funny story - washing your hands prior to testing

Proud Army Mom
By Proud Army Mom Latest Reply 2012-09-21 12:36:58 -0500
Started 2012-09-13 08:18:45 -0500

So this is kind of funny, but wanted to share in case this has happened to any of you (or might)…

I was packing my lunch this morning, and I was handling some cold cuts, and other things. I had of course washed my hands prior to doing this, but right after I finished, I went to take my Fasting BS. I always take it at the same time every morning, and last night before bed, I had my normal granny smith and handful of almonds. I got distracted because my daughter was telling me something, and I forgot to wash my hands again right before I pricked my finger for the blood. So my BS reading was a like 150, which is obviously really high for a first morning reading. I was like "what the heck!" Then I remembered that I forgot to wash my hands, and I figured maybe that was the problem. So I washed my hands, did the blood test again, and sure enough it was 105 (which is more within my normal range for fasting although still a little high).

I guess whatever I had on my hands got picked up with the blood sample and really messed with it - I honestly didn't know that would make such a big difference!

So remember - always wash your hands before testing - lol! :)

21 replies

figment84 2012-09-21 12:36:58 -0500 Report

I once picked up some grapes and right before eating them I wanted to make sure my cgm was on target, so I took my blood sugar and al it said was "HIGH" which meant it was above 500. I freaked out thinking my pump wasn't working, had my boyfriend drive me to the hospital and they then took my blood sugar reading. It was 96. I felt so embarrassed since I started putting two and two together…LESSON LEARNED!

CJ55 2012-09-20 23:56:37 -0500 Report

Thank you for letting all of us know this. I , myself didn't know this & I was never told to. I really didn't think about any residual juice/food etc on my hands. I am constantly washing my hands throughout the day & evening, if i am not home I use an instant sanitizer. I think I am kinda a germaphobic in that way. I never touch anything.. doors, or grocery carts things of that nature until I disinfect them. I will now wash y hands efore testing. Ty again for the info.. Hugz

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-15 14:25:53 -0500 Report

This is why it is a must to always clean the area and let dry before doing the test. Think of all the things you know you touched and then think of who else may have done so as well and you don't know what they have been up to:)

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-13 18:33:47 -0500 Report

If I can't wash my hands but must check my sugar, I use an alcohol swab. I always keep a few with my monitor. :)

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-13 20:18:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link. It's good information. Swabs aren't my first choice but work for me in a pinch. :)


Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-13 20:50:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for the Welcome! I don't think they are that expensive, but I bet they can if you use a lot of them per day.

MAYS 2012-09-13 21:02:39 -0500 Report

Actually, that's what I mean by expensive, using 6-10 per day will really add up in the long run.

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-13 21:09:17 -0500 Report

I don't use a lot of them. Just one or two a day. Buying in bulk seems more cost effective. Hello, Costco!! If you don't use swabs, what do you use for injections?

MAYS 2012-09-13 21:24:48 -0500 Report

I agree!
I use swabs, i just make sure that the site is completely dry before testing, sometimes i will use peroxide, can't afford to get an infection too much to live for, and towards!

MAYS 2012-09-13 21:27:08 -0500 Report

Having to test as much as i did in the past was very, very costly for me, especially when it came out of my pocket, so i switched to a meter that allowed me tp buy cheaper strips until my insurance kicked back in.

Nick1962 2012-09-13 16:07:45 -0500 Report

I'm thinking probably meat juice/fat and a little apple juice on your fingertips maybe. I've tested food before instead of blood (just to see what happened) and the juice from a fresh apple comes in over 200

AF Retired 462
AF Retired 462 2012-09-13 13:06:18 -0500 Report

Had that happen to me a few times…like I know that is too high…wash hands…that's more like it.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-13 13:23:29 -0500 Report

Yeah - I was glad it was something silly like that - lol!

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