By bjswarden Latest Reply 2013-07-21 09:05:21 -0500
Started 2013-07-16 10:31:41 -0500

I went into the hospital because my blood sugar was very high I was there long enough for the nurse to prick my fingers you all know what that is for. Well after all my (10) FINGERS WERE PRICKED MY FINGERES ALL TURNED BLUE I then told the nurse that they were not going to stick my fingers anymore they are so sore I cant use my hands from the black and blue. I had to put bandage on them for them to feel better have to go back in for gastric revision soon and I refuses to have my FINGERS STUCK AGAIN IT IS very painful, and I don't like needles. ANY ANSWERS PLEASE…

26 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-07-17 16:15:53 -0500 Report

The pokers that they use in the hospital are considerably more painful than the ones that come with your meter at home. Last time I was in the hospital I asked if I could use my own finger pricker and they could still use the blood for their machine and records. It saved my fingers and they didn't seem to mind. I don't know why they use the kind that are so painful.

MrGPiller 2013-07-20 23:58:52 -0500 Report

I'm not 100% sure but I think it's because most lancet devices that hospitals can buy in bulk are generally set to go a specific depth. That way, whenever patients need bloodwork done, the lancet will go deep enough to ensure a good flow of capillary blood for collection purposes. What I AM sure about, is that I couldn't agree with you more. THOSE THINGS HURT!!

bjswarden 2013-07-18 08:47:38 -0500 Report

they are very painful & yes they need to find a better way of testing without all the finger prickers it really hurts.
Thanks Jeanette

Type1Lou 2013-07-19 13:39:58 -0500 Report

They have been trying to develop a way to test for BG without pricking. I think the idea is to sense your BG level through your skin. I'm not sure how far away from release to the public this might be or how much it will cost but it would be wonderful to do away with the pricks.

Pureld 2013-07-17 09:56:59 -0500 Report

I use the Ultra Soft lancets and whenever they start to hurt and literally bruise my fingers I'll replace.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-17 09:52:49 -0500 Report

To reduce the pain from pricking your fingers, run your hands under warm water before testing. Warm water will soften the skin and get the blood flowing in your hands. You can also buy thinner lancets. Read the box when you buy lancets. testing on the side of the finger is far less painful than testing in the middle.

I talked to my doctor and asked him about testing on my arm. He said that was okay. I bought the lancing device that allows me to do this.

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-07-16 21:13:15 -0500 Report

How do I get to be your friend? I have looked all over this site and cannot remember how I have done it! I am a luddite as well as a diabetic!

bjswarden 2013-07-17 09:15:05 -0500 Report

Hi Jesse, to become my friend just click on my name and then it should take you to my page and from there you can connect.

Type1Lou 2013-07-17 07:32:22 -0500 Report

Click on bjswarden's picture which will bring you to her page. Then find the blue bar that says "Connect"…click on that and select "Friend" and it will send her your friend request. I tend to be a troglodyte since I don't have a smart phone nor know how to text!…must be older than I think I am…?

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-07-16 21:04:16 -0500 Report

I have not had this problem. I have been testing the same two fingers for a while now. (I change side of tips.) What I am finding is extreme dry skin. I think, perhaps it is from the alcohol cleansing. But, I digress…that doesn't speak to your question. You said all your fingers turned blue. Could it have been because of your high numbers? Did not one of these care givers relate this info to the doctors? I really cannot address this problem. If you can hoist yourself up by your bootstraps, go directly to your doctor! I don't know what a gastric revision is…but I would not do it, if this is not addressed directly by a professional. I recently had a strangulated hernia. Emergency surgery. Most pain I have ever endured. But that is how the readings of my high numbers got back to my primary doctor. Other doctors thought it was the stress of the surgery. You have a lot going on here. I hope you will take charge!!!! That seems to be one of the best messages I've gotten from this board…Gotta take charge of your own health!!!! I look forward to seeing a good result on all your issues!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-17 09:29:13 -0500 Report

Never clean your fingers with alcohol prior to testing, the alcohol residue can change your reading. Wash your hands with a mild soap and warm water. Do not use any kind of scented soaps and do not use the antibacterial cleaner as it contains alcohol.

I found this out when I was first diagnosed. My readings changed once I stopped using scented soaps, alcohol and antibacterial cleaners to clean my fingers before testing.

Type1Lou 2013-07-16 18:18:37 -0500 Report

Do you test your own blood sugars? If yes, how and where? If no, how can you control your blood sugars?

Litchpatch 2013-07-16 18:27:51 -0500 Report

I always lance on sides of fingers…doesn't hurt as bad.

Type1Lou 2013-07-17 07:28:29 -0500 Report

I test from 6 to 8 times a day and use all of my fingertips. I guess I'm lucky they are not as sensitive as bjswarden's. I'd be truly lost without my meter!

Type1Lou 2013-07-17 15:42:35 -0500 Report

Don't know about a pain-free lancing device but most devices have settings to control the depth of penetration. I think my One Touch lancing device goes from a 1 to a 9 and I use a 3 setting (with 1 being the shallowest penetration to 9 being the deepest) Hope this helps!

Nick1962 2013-07-16 10:50:34 -0500 Report

When I was in recently I had a conversation about that with my nurse. She said their standard procedure was to first test fingertips, if no good they go for the toes, after that the earlobes. Just for giggles I let them test my earlobe – it’s not the worst.

bjswarden 2013-07-17 09:21:10 -0500 Report

Hi Nick that sounds great being that I have piercing in both my ears and that when I got my ears done it did not hurt at all :) I am now so happy… THANKS ALOT WOW PAINFREE… :)

Nick1962 2013-07-17 11:33:57 -0500 Report

Hope it helps - at least until the fingers heal up. I think my nurse was part vampire - she was far too eager to get blood out of me anywhere she could.