Blood Sample Testing

sweetslover
By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-12-06 15:54:33 -0600
Started 2014-11-30 14:27:30 -0600

I have had other diabetics tell me I should only take my blood sample from the middle and ring fingers on my left hand. Does it really matter which fingers and hand you use?


24 replies

H8havingDiabetes
H8havingDiabetes 2014-12-03 15:44:16 -0600 Report

I was told by my doctor when I was starting to stick my finger to use the middle and ring finger of my left hand. I have found a significant difference in the number I get by using different fingers. The middle finger on my left hand gives the best score. (Lowest number.)

Chopstix
Chopstix 2014-12-03 13:02:05 -0600 Report

I alternate not only my fingers but my hands as well. I think I'm one those lucky that can use their left hand almost as well as the right. I do have memories of my parents making me use my right hand instead of the left when I was little…

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-02 23:00:30 -0600 Report

Hi Sweets,
Just wanted to put my 2 cents in. I like all the others test on each finger on the sides. A nurse taught me to start with my thumb, that's for Monday, use all day. The next finger is Tuesday and so on. Sounds childish but it works and gives each finger a time to rest.you never have to 2nd guess yourself. Thanks for listening,
Hugs, VL

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-12-02 22:22:15 -0600 Report

my poor left hand … it has been getting all the pricks for the past two years. although I am only testing 3-4 times a week these days not long ago it was 6-8 times per day so in a weeks time each finger was getting as many as 11 'violations' … anymore I really don't feel it
(I have started practicing on my right hand, but not so good)

Steve

oink66
oink66 2014-12-02 21:00:54 -0600 Report

12/02/14, I normally
start with EXAMPLE: "LEFT" In order to get more (bang for the buck) if you don't mind me saying that? To get more usage. In this way I can get 10 TEN test on one hand.
I like to start with my PINKY finger The most sensitive one & get it out the way.
The first test on the outer side, Next test on the opposite side of pinky' (both sides)
So on and so forth.
Last my THUMB
(both-sides)
SWITCH hand's start with RIGHT hand now follow suit. That's a total of 20 TWENTY test ; ) if you test 2 TWO X A DAY, that's 10 test in a 5 day week. : )

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:28:59 -0600 Report

Maybe they told you that for a reason that makes sense to them. For me it doesn't matter what finger I use as long as I get blood, but like Gabby and James I test from the sides of my fingers. Less painful if you use a keyboard all the time.

I also got permission from my doctor to test on my arm. That is even less painful and I get the same result. There is a special tip for your lancing device so it can be used on the arm.

When I was in the hospital they tested my leg because both arms had IV's in them the day of the surgery. Once they took one of the IV's out of my arm, they used the fingers and each time they tested they used a different finger.

rhett t
rhett t 2014-12-01 13:55:43 -0600 Report

that's the fingers I check my blood sample with. once in awhile I'll do those fingers on right hand. I couldn't tell the difference

haynes_valerie@yahoo.com
haynes_valerie@yahoo.com 2014-12-01 10:55:33 -0600 Report

I agree with lilleyheidi, I try to use one hand then the other hand, because it seems to make the skin tough if you use the same one all the time. Wish you luck.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-11-30 22:49:18 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweets
I, like Gabby, use the sides of my fingers. I can do the right side of the fingers of my left hand (I am right handed) then do the left side. then I can use the tip of each digit. So that leaves 15 sites from which I can poke to get blood droplets. And I don't even use the fleshy part of my digits. I do have a bit more difficulty using my right hand, but it is possible to do it. So with both hands I have 30 possible places from which to get a blood droplet.

God's best to you

James

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-30 20:13:26 -0600 Report

I use the one that gives me the best sample. Usually I just rotate through my fingers, One side of the right hand each finger then to the left. Then I do the other side and start over again. It really helps. I do tend to use my left hand first, as I am right handed, but if I use the sides of my fingers, I can still type like a madwoman without any pain.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-11-30 20:07:05 -0600 Report

Many people use the fingers on their non-dominant hand for testing. The American Diabetes Association simply states to use the side of a fingertip, and doesn't specific which fingertip. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-11-30 16:30:25 -0600 Report

While I was in the hospital, I asked what they do for older patients who just simply can’t produce blood from the fingers any longer (OK, I’ll admit I was chatting up a young nurse). She said alternate sites can be the toes or earlobes. Doesn’t really matter where you get the blood as long as the site is clean.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:37:55 -0600 Report

SMH…you chatting up a nurse you were suppose to be sick. They used my leg because I had IV's in both arms the day of the surgery. Once one was removed, they used the fingers on the hand that didn't have an IV. They tested me so often I felt like a pin cushion.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-12-01 17:05:43 -0600 Report

Hey, it was back surgery so everything but that was well, and she started it (I'm pretty sure). I think flirting with old men is part of their therapy regimen - it works.
Yeah, because of the glucose drip IV, they tested me every two hours for 3 days, and did do the earlobe a few times. She called herself "your little vampire".

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-02 09:24:08 -0600 Report

I had the best nurses when I had my surgery and my doctor was fantastic. They tested me every two hours because i wasn't eating. I couldn't swallow anything but broth so they started giving me pudding and ice cream.

My nurse came in the room when I was finally awake and said I just got out of the coffin to come get some blood.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:37:54 -0600 Report

SMH…you chatting up a nurse you were suppose to be sick. They used my leg because I had IV's in both arms the day of the surgery. Once one was removed, they used the fingers on the hand that didn't have an IV. They tested me so often I felt like a pin cushion.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:30:55 -0600 Report

SMH…you chatting up a nurse you were suppose to be sick. They used my leg because I had IV's in both arms the day of the surgery. Once one was removed, they used the fingers on the hand that didn't have an IV. They tested me so often I felt like a pin cushion.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:30:46 -0600 Report

SMH…you chatting up a nurse you were suppose to be sick. They used my leg because I had IV's in both arms the day of the surgery. Once one was removed, they used the fingers on the hand that didn't have an IV. They tested me so often I felt like a pin cushion.