Blood Testing Need Help

By Maggs777 Latest Reply 2013-01-25 18:01:06 -0600
Started 2013-01-22 09:09:13 -0600

I am having issues getting blood from my fingers when doing my meter reads. I am doing everything they told me to do. Washing my hands in warm water. Pushing the blood from the bottom of my finger to the tip. I am able to get blood from my pinkie fingers the most but with the number of times I have to do meter reads right now those fingers are getting sore. Any ideas on other ways to get blood for testing?

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Lizardfan 2013-01-25 17:58:04 -0600 Report

Washing my hands in hot soapy water brings the blood to my fingers so I never have an issue getting blood. The hotter the better, but do back off the really hot water in the winter due to skin cracks around my nails.

jayabee52 2013-01-25 18:01:06 -0600 Report

Of course please remember to dry your hands thoroughly so that your blood sample is not diluted by the moisture from the water and you get erroneous reading.

diabetesfree 2013-01-24 06:57:07 -0600 Report

You could be dehydrated, which would make getting a sample more difficult and more painful. Dehydration is a common side-effect of high blood glucose levels, but it can happen when your blood glucose is normal as well. See if increasing your intake of fluids helps. Be sure you are not drinking anything with caffeine, sugar or imitation sweeteners. Those may actually cause further dehydration.

manapua72 2013-01-22 13:04:22 -0600 Report

All of those suggestions were Awesome . Curious what meter & lancets r u using ??? For many years I used One Touch and never really had any issues sometimes pain when I used a lancet to test but otherwise fine . I recently switched to strips , meter , lancets by Bayer … I have found for MYSELF , that the lancets by Bayer cause less pain and that I always get a good sample coming out , eliminating having poke myself again … Don't know if that's of any help but it is my personal experience … I switched brands because my pump and Bayer meter can communicate with each other u know info from one device wirelessly sent to other device …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-22 11:43:38 -0600 Report

Maggs, Cold weather constricts blood vessels. If you live in a cold climate, warm your hands in warm water while massaging your fingers. You have to get the blood flowing better in your fingers. Hanging your hands at your sides should also work. Even in warm weather, you may have to do this to get the blood flowing.

GabbyPA 2013-01-22 10:26:27 -0600 Report

Sometimes hanging your hands down for a few before testing can help. Could it be that your hands are dry? If so, perhaps using some lotion or coconut oil on them to soften them up might help.

Another thing is to check the depth of your lancing device. Sometimes mine would change by the motion of putting it in and taking it out of my case. So maybe check that as well.

I also test on the sides of my fingers instead of the tips. There can be less callous there.

byrun 2013-01-22 09:28:09 -0600 Report

There should be instructions with your meter and lancing device for taking samples from alternative sites. I also take a minute or so to hang my arm lower than the trunk of my body and shake it to help the blood flow move to my hand.

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