Long term issues with sticking needles in our fingers?

Phoenix Eye
By Phoenix Eye Latest Reply 2014-09-18 20:06:17 -0500
Started 2014-09-14 16:53:00 -0500

I wanted to ask all of the musicians if they had trouble playing their instruments after years of poking their fingers for testing? I test regularly and my fingers are already starting to look like I have black spots on all the prick points. I want to know is the violin going to have to be retired sooner than expected? Give it to me straight, do other members of the club have these kinds of issues?

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Stuart1966 2014-09-18 20:06:17 -0500 Report

Cannot answer this one, "musician" is not one of my meager "skills". -ws-

As others have suggested, definately use the SIDE NOT the middle, nor the "tip" of the fingers. For the record you should NOT use alcohol swabs, nor any kind of cleaning wipe on ANY site you get the droplets from either. Clean warm water, soap will do the task, if your hands are nasty dirty… but alcohol swabs, etc. have not been "protocol" for a very long time.

It can interfere with the readings apparently. In addition to drying out the skin, etc., etc.

However, given your description I wanted to ask a different question, what kind of lancets are you using? Any chance you could turn down the depth of your lancing device? You do not need to change the lancet at every use (you are the sole person using it correct?) but there are several varieties which are smaller, and do not make as big a hole in the part(s) being lanced. We are not talking craters by any means, but a smaller hole, might be less irritating perhaps?

I can still pet the cat, and feel her fur beneath my finger tips. I can still sense all kinds of things with touch, no problem to be concerned about with this one… well ok, I want ten minutes with the chuckle-head who came up with this mind bending technique sic. from the "middle ages".

Hey consider it another form of hand training ; D. An evil form I'll grant you but training none the less… few more years of such testing maybe we can do one of those hideous kung fu movies, and pierce things with our finger tips because of our "special training" -playful cringing-

GabbyPA 2014-09-16 06:29:11 -0500 Report

You don't have to poke the tips. Use the sides of your fingers and I find my thumb to be one of my best doners. You can also get meters that allow you to take from the palm of your hand and even your arm.

Please don't give up a passion. Find a way around it.

Nick1962 2014-09-15 14:26:22 -0500 Report

After years of playing bass, and working as a professional cook (daily burns), my fingertips are so calloused I can’t feel most of them. It’s always been an issue getting samples from them so I’ve tested on the sides rather than directly on the tip. Doctor also told me alternate sites are toes and earlobes.

Also, ditto what Steve said. Once you get good at it, testing (as a T2) gets minimized or even done away with. I still like to know though.

haoleboy 2014-09-14 17:36:17 -0500 Report

it does get old, doesn't it.
I had to give up the guitar due to neuropathy before this became an issue for me.
imagine only being to poke one hand (courtesy my stroke 2 years ago) … when I was testing a lot my fingers were really sore. I've been under 6 A1c for almost a year now and have recently started testing only when I think I need to. As I seldom go high and never go low and pretty much eat the same basic foods every day so the "need is not very often these days.
might be something you can work towards. seems to be working for me


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