Is it just me

By canadagirl874 Latest Reply 2013-06-02 23:26:57 -0500
Started 2013-04-13 16:11:49 -0500

I am not sure if its just me but I notice that when I prick my finger to test my blood do some fingers work better then others. I find my thumb works best for me:)

Tags: blood sugar

36 replies

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 10:57:52 -0500 Report

Actually I use ALL my fingers on both hands for testing my blood glucose. I use the two sides of my finger rather than the tip. I use the same lancelet 10 times, which the manufacturer (Bayer) approves. So it takes 20 days (and 2 lancelets) to get back to where I started.

I test once a day and try for different times. It's highest in the morning and lowest after I ride my bike for exercise. I don't encounter "spikes" or "canyons" in the BG values. At times I notice an unusual value, and will make a second test, which often has a result that I like better. :-)

My doctor told me not to be concerned about a single value, but watch for trends. Indeed consistency of test strips is one thing manufacturers don't mention.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-15 14:16:02 -0500 Report

I have not pricked my finger in 5 years, unless you count the times I stabbed it recapping the needle. I use the area below my elbow. Lots more room and just about the same numbers.

katcot2152 2013-04-14 17:46:56 -0500 Report

I just wash my finger with a swab, then prick it. But since I also get tested for my INR and Protime to check my Coumadin levels (and that one hurts a lot more than testing for BG) I have to rotate a lot more, or use another site altogether!


jayabee52 2013-04-14 18:02:05 -0500 Report

almost forgot about the INR and Protime that my late wife had to do. But we had to take her into the lab to do that for her. Do they have home test kits for that now, Kat?

katcot2152 2013-04-14 18:32:32 -0500 Report

Well, yes they do have home kits, but my cardiologist has a Coumadin Clinic, rather than going to the lab, so I get the results immediately. At the lab, they take a good part of the day and I don't find out until possibly the next day. And the doctor is in the office seeing patients, so if there is real problem, the nurse can ask the doctor right then and there. I don't know how accurate the home kits are or how expensive they are.

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-14 14:02:41 -0500 Report

I have not used my thumb to get blood although it was used most when I was in the hospital. I do agree that some fingers are better than others. I try to rotate as well. I tend to wash my hands in hot water to get good circulation right before I prick my finger. Sometimes rubbing with a hand sanitizer for some reason helps it to bleed easier. I do not know why that works but it does. Good luck to you

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-14 14:21:25 -0500 Report

The ingredients in hand sanitizers can have an effect on your reading. I use warm water on my hands prior to testing. Lotions and soaps can also have an effect on blood sugar as well.

Chopstix 2013-04-14 13:46:39 -0500 Report

And I thought I was the only one that did it. I rub my hands together to warm them, then shake my fingers towards the ground next. I found that I don't have to work so hard to get blood this way. And yes, some fingers do work better than others. I also rotate which hand I am going to use. Rotating helps to keep one particular hand from being sore. I just hate when the nurse sticks me deeper than I do to get the same amount of blood because I will bleed longer…B-)

sNerTs1 2013-04-14 12:18:07 -0500 Report

Sometimes I have a problem, not very often though. I usually rub my fingers before I prick them, that seems to help me :) *Hugs* Cheryl

BellaJ1977 2013-04-13 20:34:42 -0500 Report

I have noticed this. I find my index finger works best for me. I still find that it still stings after all these years. I do need to switch out fingers though otherwise it starts to blister. I think it all depends on the person :).

katcot2152 2013-04-14 17:50:22 -0500 Report

Me, too! That is the way they recommended I do it if I use my fingers for the blood draw. But after having the iNR and Protime, the BG test is so much less painful that you won't hear me complain!!!

teri1022 2013-04-13 19:54:36 -0500 Report

I usually use my index finger, left hand. I'm pretty new at this, just found out I'm diabetic. I'll have to try some of these other suggestions. How many times a day do you all check your blood?

katcot2152 2013-04-14 17:53:03 -0500 Report

What type of meter do you have?
i have the Freestyle Lite and I can use other sites than my fingers, but I have to use the highest setting or it won't go deep enough to draw blood.


teri1022 2013-04-14 23:39:49 -0500 Report

I have the Freestyle insulinx. It's really nice. Very little blood needed.

katcot2152 2013-04-15 00:15:16 -0500 Report

My meter doesn't require much blood either. My insurance is pretty picky about which meter I can use, so I guess this is one of the better ones because it doesn't require much blood.

teri1022 2013-04-15 10:28:34 -0500 Report

my doctor gave me this one. and it's medicare approved. So, that's good for me. I'm on disability and that's the only insurance I have. I like the fact I can get my readings on the PC software that came with it.

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-14 14:04:12 -0500 Report

I am currently testing 7 times a day. I use the sides of my fingers rather than the finger tips because it hurts less and bleeds a little easier

95ncountin 2013-04-13 22:20:58 -0500 Report

I test a lot. 6 or so times a day minimum. More if my numbers are really out of whack or I feel funny. I use whatever fingers work. I'm right-handed so I try to use my left hand more often. Some sides of my fingers don't hurt at all. Others hurt a lot. I think it's a process of experimentation and what works for each of us. Don't be afraid to try.

teri1022 2013-04-14 11:37:57 -0500 Report

Thanks. My Dr. said test in the morning, but didn't say how many times a day. Once doesn't seem enough. I've been testing before I go to bed, too.

KittyKristi 2013-04-15 17:49:22 -0500 Report

I just found out that I am diabetic on the 2nd of April, They have me testing before every meal and before bed. I have a tendency to forget to test before bed cause I am so tired lol. I like testing before meals, it seems to help me figure out what to have for the next meal, but I am still getting used to all of this. I have a Dr. appt on Wednesday to see if I need to be on oral meds. My blood sugar stays around 144 on average.

teri1022 2013-04-15 19:22:24 -0500 Report

Mine is running between 125-140. I agree, I think I should be testing before meals, too. I see my Dr. in a week. I'll ask her. My only complaint right now is being light headed. Not all the time, but enough to be a nuisance. I've lost 9 lbs since the 3rd, and that's a very good thing! LOL

jayabee52 2013-04-15 18:18:55 -0500 Report

WELCOME to our world of diabetes and to DC, Kristi!

That before bed reading is quite important as it sets you up for the night. You don't want to be too low heading into a long time without food.

If your body senses your BG (blood glucose) is going to low, it will tell your liver to dump glycogen (which turns into glucose) into your bloodstream and that is what it does just dump the glycogen without regard to how high your BG levels go. If you awaken with higher than "normal" BGs that could be the reason. To forestall a liver dump: If you are lower than 120, before bed, a small snack with a complex carb and a protein should be eaten. The carb and the protein will complement one another and give your tummy something to digest through the night as the protein digests slowly, and will filter glucose into your blood stream for a majority of the night, but it won't just dump glucose like your liver will. Liver dump is an emergency response of your body to low BG levels.

You want to get your BG levels lower than 140 mg/dl since it is considered to be the point where diabetes complications start.

Praying for a healthier YOU!

James Baker

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-13 19:40:57 -0500 Report

middle finger left hand. only finger without scars from doing wildlife rescue and finding out baby raccoon teeth hurt. lol. also left arm is better for drawing blood

camerashy 2013-04-13 19:39:08 -0500 Report

Oh, hey - I was doing fingertips for years, then my doctor suggested the sides of my fingers as there are fewer nerves there. Well, sometimes I don't feel it at all, and I get really good results, unless my fingers are cold, which is almost never. Of course, you have to use the side that's facing up. I tried the other side a time or two, but my wrist doesn't turn that way any more. But they're all about the same for me.

Lentyl 2013-04-13 19:23:09 -0500 Report

Thumbs first, then index fingers, then middle fingers. I also find that if I put my hand in very warm water for a few minutes I get really good draw.

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-13 18:48:12 -0500 Report

I find my pinky and ring finger are the best. Forget my thumb… nothing. In use my middle finger but have to squeeze it so much it gets sore.

jayabee52 2013-04-13 17:06:27 -0500 Report

Not for me. My ring and middle finger of my left hand are my go-to fingers.
I won't use my thumb as if it gets sore I really can't grip anything well and my pinky and index fingers are really stingy about giving enough blood to get a good draw on a strip.

We all are a bit different.

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