6 Tips for Healing Bruised Fingers from BG testing

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-10-05 22:38:32 -0500
Started 2014-09-24 13:38:28 -0500

Medtronic just posted this in their blog and I thought it might help some of you out there. Here's the link:

I'm guilty of re-using my lancet until it begins to hurt…I should try to change it at least once a month, if not every week…I test 8 times a day!

19 replies

Chopstix 2014-10-05 22:38:32 -0500 Report

I rotate my fingers and hands. I also prick on the side of the finger since I have found that to be less painful.

Stuart1966 2014-09-30 18:11:00 -0500 Report

Sorry… this middle ages "bleeding" routine is for the (@#&)*@#^@#^ birds!!!

Anybody solved the let's AVOID this self-harm approach we must use to get our "health information" (ie blood sugar), and find something NON INVASIVE… maybe -ws-

I vote for that one,

Type1Lou 2014-10-01 08:12:11 -0500 Report

I hear you Stuart but…it beats what my Dad had to do back in the 1950's where the only way to get any indication of BG at home was testing urine…no BG meters back then, nor A1c's. I have no doubt that non-invasive means of testing BG are in the works but we've come a long way.

Stuart1966 2014-10-01 18:43:32 -0500 Report

With meaningful respect we have not.

Anything which by definition HARMS us, supposedly for "good" or perhaps "useful" purposes, by definition is still self @)#*@#*@# harm (sic. no matter how "benign").

I will not drink such "Kool-Aid".

I contend aloud that both the undeniable self-injury aspect combined with the incessant and negative (?) nature of that data increase the suffering for most very, very tangibly.

I liked the Clinistix, the Tes-Tape, the test tubes (with the cool acid tablets). Those results (i.e. urine, non-invasive) never tortured nor mocked me ever. To you or I, not as much. But they (our tests today) surely do teach paranoia, hyper-vigilance, aggravation, fear, contempt, disgust, worry, despair, or worse to our peers.

I use our "tools" today but would never claim we are "better off" by using them. Respectfully, we are far worse in most ways… I submit. -Gentle Shrug-

Thank you for your patience, in our discussion…

linda653 2014-09-24 22:32:32 -0500 Report

Can't your lancet get bacteria? Is that even safe?

Type1Lou 2014-09-25 09:01:21 -0500 Report

We are advised to change the lancet every time we do a test. If I did that, it would mean 720 lancets every 90 days. I choose to re-use my lancets and accept the risk. I have had diabetes for 38 years and have been testing BG's for that long as well…I never got an infection from a finger prick.

robertoj 2014-09-24 19:19:12 -0500 Report

Pretty much what I do except I use alcohol. I write down the finger and position (as well as injection site) in a logbook that I created for that purpose and to make sure I don't miss a dose. I haven't had bruising since I started the log.

Stuart1966 2014-09-30 18:16:08 -0500 Report

Hello Robertoj

How come with the alcohol??? That hasn't been standard protocol for a very long time because it might skew the readings, plus drys our skin out in time…

Likely preaching to the choir here, but in case you missed that part of the article -ws-

robertoj 2014-09-30 19:22:15 -0500 Report

It won't affect it if you allow it to evaporate.

Stuart1966 2014-10-01 18:58:47 -0500 Report

Ok, granted? Why extend the process that way though? Unless your life/job has serious dirt in it, or uses some type of chemical process… why put yourself through doing that? Alcohol pad, alcohol cotton swab, whatever… why do it? It's "extra" these days.

Again simply curious…

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 18:33:59 -0500 Report

These are good tips. I usually stop the bleeding, but never thought of it as being able to help that much.

Glucerna 2014-09-24 15:14:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this information and I think you'll notice a big difference by changing your lancet more often. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Young1s 2014-09-24 14:04:26 -0500 Report

I right there with you, so to speak. Only change my lancets on Sunday and Thursday. Way I figure it, if I'm the only one using it and it doesn't hurt then whats the harm? The only time it truly hurts is when the dial accidentally slips to 2…I keep it on 1. Thank you for the article.