what do you do when your fingers just dont want to give enough blood to check ?

By bilow72 Latest Reply 2012-12-10 08:42:54 -0600
Started 2012-12-07 01:03:13 -0600

Ive been having issues getting enough blood out of my fingers out to check my blood sugars.
Can anyone help ? thankx

16 replies

tabby9146 2012-12-10 08:42:54 -0600 Report

sorry if someone has already said this, but I read a long time ago, and it works for me, I like to swing my arms back and forth, gets the blood into the fingertips. I usually just do the warm water though and I have the same problem, so I always just do that first.

Lizardfan 2012-12-10 08:38:56 -0600 Report

My best trick is really hot water, first I wash my hands.
Then dry thoroughly and the heat brings the blood to the surface, works great!

wrmjw1 2012-12-08 21:21:53 -0600 Report

I either change the lancet or before I even get ready to test I milk my finger, that usually gets enough blood flowing.

phoenix20 2012-12-08 14:13:42 -0600 Report

I don't like pricking my finger so most of the time do the palm of my hand. It works there real well.

Kirla 2012-12-08 12:38:06 -0600 Report

I change my lancet. Over time it gets dull. When I find myself pricking my finger 4-5 times trying to get a drop of blood I change the lancet and it works every time.

Jan8 2012-12-08 07:31:31 -0600 Report


jayabee52 2012-12-08 10:37:46 -0600 Report

never myself had a problem with getting blood out of fingertips but my 2nd wife did. We tried her forearms and found it to be more of a hassle than the fingers. (since she was totally blind I had to take her BG readings.)

dubyadd 2012-12-08 11:18:37 -0600 Report

these tips are great advise, another is use the side of your finger and not the tip, and change fingers or a thickness to the skin over time occurs.

jayabee52 2012-12-07 01:38:44 -0600 Report

I have been told by my MD that I should warm my hands under warm water and shake my hands side to side to push the capillary blood to the tips. My Late wife "Jem" had that problem and that worked for her most of the time.

Another thing, would be sure you are also well hydrated. If your blood doesn't have enough fluid in it, it will thicken and be harder to come out of the poke you just gave yourself. Between the three proceedures, you should get enough blood to test your Blood Glucose (BG)

Caroltoo 2012-12-07 01:17:16 -0600 Report

I find when my hands are cold, I have difficulty. Thecapillaries contract when your skin is cold. Warm your hands or set your lancet for deeper penetration, if it sounds like it could be your issue.