Dirty little secrets we all do with Diabetes

notmaiden
By notmaiden Latest Reply 2015-01-18 06:27:17 -0600
Started 2015-01-06 21:38:13 -0600

I know we all have our own ways of doing things and how we like it done and how we were taught by our endo's, pump trainers, or pcp's.
I notice that I have some "bad" habits in regards to "my" diabetes.
For example I have have to clean my purse and meter bag out because used test strips are everywhere.
I'm putting my dirty little diabetes secrets out there so others may see that they may not be alone in their bad habits and maybe not feel so bad.
Another which is really gross btw. I wipe my extra blood on my meter bag and I wash it once a month to get the blood off.


95 replies

Renagade1
Renagade1 2015-01-18 06:27:17 -0600 Report

Wow, I don't have any dirty habits. I test twice a day, use alcohol wipes, my lancets are made so you can put the point back in the base so no one gets stuck. after I test I wipe the excess blood on the alcohol wipe, then everything goes in the barrel.

sandyfrazzini
sandyfrazzini 2015-01-09 11:03:01 -0600 Report

I also rarely change my lancet, I have over 1000 unused lancets at home, I have had to beg them to stop sending them to me. I don't suck my finger though, I use tissue or my black PJ pants. I am glad to say I have gotten much better about testing 6-8 times a day, for a while I was doing one on a good day. I usually just throw my test strips in the trash can or in my carrying case.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-01-09 08:40:40 -0600 Report

I firmly believe that people in general are a little obsessive about germs these days. My Grandma always said you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die and she lived to 97. Lol

Kwenkwelut
Kwenkwelut 2015-01-08 15:33:39 -0600 Report

Wow! Some pretty good discussions going on here.

I test my blood about 10 x a day. I just wash my arms with soap and water before my poke. I have type 2. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes and met with my fav pharmacist, Matt, I asked about used lancets and test strips. Although, I know my blood isn't infected with anything communical, I wanted to ensure my grandkids didn't get poked by any lancets. Matt gave me a sharps bin and told me when thats full bring it back to him and they will give me another one and dispose of the other properly.

My 'dirty lil secret' is that I often just wipe any blood left over on my jeans. I am often out in the bush and make do with whatever I can find. Usually, moss.

ANYSA728
ANYSA728 2015-01-08 13:28:40 -0600 Report

Most of you are so funny with your "dirty little secrets." I love it! Another or two of you are so flippin judgmental I just wish I could delete your replies from this post altogether. I love the community, the acceptance and the "advice" on here but certainly not the judgment! I think we get that enough from Endo's that take our meters and dissect each and every day with "What happened here? What did you eat at 9am on 12/2?" Start your own Diabetes Help Group and see if that works there.

ANYSA728
ANYSA728 2015-01-08 13:29:50 -0600 Report

I suck my finger btw but I do I wash my hands and use sanitizer often.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:27:03 -0600 Report

Hello Anysa728
Be careful with "sanitizer. The biology which develop(s) any complete/partial immunity to them will be very dangerous to us. Careful with the antibiotic soaps too for the same reasons…

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-09 00:32:59 -0600 Report

Steuart, great suggestion! Plain soap is best so as not to breed "super bugs" which resist common antibiotics

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-09 10:24:07 -0600 Report

Got this one from a white coat I see. I don't anyway, except when a young student is using me as a Kleenex. Then all rules are off… want a 55 gallon drum of the stuff then, but my skin is wet from them wiping their little hands on me, holding.my arm, grabbing my uniform top… trying to grab-climb me at that point so (cringing)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-09 10:21:08 -0600 Report

Got this one from a white coat I see. I don't anyway, except when a young student is using me as a Kleenex. Then all rules are off… want a 55 gallon drum of the stuff then, but my skin is wet from them wiping their little hands on me, holding.my arm, grabbing my uniform top… trying to grab-climb me at that point so (cringing)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:26:49 -0600 Report

ANYSA728
ANYSA728 2015-01-09 11:07:14 -0600 Report

missing the point a bit, but thanks for the tip. I work at one of the best medical schools in the country and so spending most of my time here at the hospital…sanitizer and hand washing is a part of my life.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-01-08 13:10:11 -0600 Report

I use the same lancet over and over and over again. For days, even weeks. I know I don't dispose of my used strips and lancets "properly". I just wrap them in a tissue and in the trash can they go.

I don't know if this is a bad habit or not but I test way too often. It's become a bit of a compulsion. I really need to stop testing so often because it really doesn't help. If anything, it just causes me to worry about it.

oink66
oink66 2015-01-08 11:20:37 -0600 Report

01/08/15/ I APOLOGIZE To anyone if I offeneded you all under ANY circumstances pertaining to my comments, the answer to your question is that I wasn't properly told how to discard my lancets and or my test blood strips.
But what I do is roll them up in kleenex or tissue really good and dispose of them in the trash, I have a bathroom trashcan at home and empty at leat twice a weak, I do not leave them laying around my house at work I use kleenex and papertowels and place in the trashcan in which gets emptyed on a daily basis. Again I aplogize if by any chance I came off extremly strong or offensive to anyone, please accept my deepest appologies. (any in-correct spellings/typo errors)

MarkS
MarkS 2015-01-08 12:55:03 -0600 Report

No need to apologize; I think everyone here was just being self-deprecating when providing our "dirty little secrets". While we all know what we do is not recommended by health care practitioners and/or common sense, we still "do it our way". Kind of like the Henney Youngman joke, "Do you still beat your wife?" Regardless of the response, its still wrong!

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-01-08 07:47:06 -0600 Report

So far, I've been pretty good about my testing hygiene. I use an alcohol wipe to clean my finger before my stick and use the same wipe to clean off the blood afterwards. I have been known to suck my finger after it is clean because it seems to help when it stings. My question—what do you do with all those used lancets? The nurse at my doctors office said to put them in a jar, but then did not tell me the proper way to dispose of them. Do I just throw the jar in the trash?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:43 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day, and have for decades.)

Think I have a tiny gym bag filled with mine somewhere…(evil smirk)

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-01-08 20:39:44 -0600 Report

My husband had a very good friend who got an infection from reusing his lancets/needles. He died from it. I think I will spend the money and buy the lancets and not take that chance.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:32 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:31 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:30 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:29 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:26 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:25 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-08 20:30:22 -0600 Report

Lancet(s) PLURAL -wg- ???????????
(Bet I've used far less than twenty in the last six months! Test numerous, numerous times a day)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-08 14:40:42 -0600 Report

I never use alcohol to clean my finger prior to the stick. It can change the reading number. i also never wash my hand in fruit scented soaps. I wash or rinse my hand in warm water prior to testing.

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-01-08 20:36:45 -0600 Report

I am careful to let the alcohol air dry and evaporate before I test. You said it can change the reading—does it lower or elevate it?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-08 21:16:37 -0600 Report

Raise it. The first thing I learned was to not use any product with alcohol in it on your hands prior to testing. Of course I learned this after doing what you do.

Even if it dries and evaporates residue is still on your finger.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-09 19:04:43 -0600 Report

Industry standards require them to do so. This does not mean you have to. My doctors nurse said she knows alcohol raises blood sugar. Another nurse didn't so we proved it. I use my lancing device to test prior to the alcohol wipe. she used hers to test the same finger after the alcohol wipe. However, no matter what, they must use the wipe or they cannot stick you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-09 19:04:37 -0600 Report

Industry standards require them to do so. This does not mean you have to. My doctors nurse said she knows alcohol raises blood sugar. Another nurse didn't so we proved it. I use my lancing device to test prior to the alcohol wipe. she used hers to test the same finger after the alcohol wipe. However, no matter what, they must use the wipe or they cannot stick you.

oink66
oink66 2015-01-08 11:22:31 -0600 Report

01/08/15/ I APOLOGIZE To anyone if I offeneded you all under ANY circumstances pertaining to my comments, the answer to your question is that I wasn't properly told how to discard my lancets and or my test blood strips.
But what I do is roll them up in kleenex or tissue really good and dispose of them in the trash, I have a bathroom trashcan at home and empty at leat twice a weak, I do not leave them laying around my house at work I use kleenex and papertowels and place in the trashcan in which gets emptyed on a daily basis. Again I aplogize if by any chance I came off extremly strong or offensive to anyone, please accept my deepest appologies. (any in-correct spellings/typo errors)

oink66
oink66 2015-01-07 23:28:15 -0600 Report

01/07/15, I think that I'm pretty neat & clean when it comes to testing. I'm not careless with my diabetic kit and accessories, I keep bandaids & those little alcohol pads inside my kit to wipe off the meter & tester, I clean my finger of choice with one of those little alcohol pads. Prick then wipe off excess blood with wippe, otherwise tissue then dispose in my trash can in my bathroom. Even $ work when I test St my Desk, I Use My Bottle Of Hand Sanitizer To Clean AND Dispose Of MY LANCETS & strips properly by rolling them up into kleenex dispose in trash.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-01-07 18:13:59 -0600 Report

This brings up some good questions. No one ever explained to me about how to dispose of used supplies. I just let everything accumulate in the old box from the pentips and toss when it is full. And how about my used insulin pens…do they need special treatment too? Sorry if this is a dumb question. but if I don't ask, I won't learn.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-07 17:41:06 -0600 Report

Hi not,
It maybe gross, but I suck my finger after I test. I change my lancet needle everyday and dispose of my lancets on a old pill bottle or the old lacet bottle
that's empty. For the most part I'm very orginized we ith things like that. VL

notmaiden
notmaiden 2015-01-07 14:45:10 -0600 Report

I don't suck my finger afterwards. That's gross. However my brain thinks that putting it on my meter carrier isn't. It washes out.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2015-01-07 10:53:58 -0600 Report

There are 2 kinds of diabetics … those that suck their finger after testing and liars ;)
I use my used strip as a toothpick … something that grosses out my much better half.
( I can't believe I just shared that)

Steve

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-01-08 13:06:52 -0600 Report

A toothpick? Really? LOL, that IS pretty gross Steve. And for the record, I TRULY do not suck my finger after. Sorry!

haoleboy
haoleboy 2015-01-08 13:57:43 -0600 Report

Why? it's MY blood and a relatively sterile piece of plastic.
Now using a toothpick is gross … no clue where those puppies have been.
Okay 3 types … I forgot adamant liars. ;) LOL

Steve

BreC
BreC 2015-01-07 08:58:59 -0600 Report

I suppose the worst for me is not checking my BS as often as I should. I do check it every morning but not so much into the day. Lately I have checked it a couple more times into the day to make sure it is running close to normal. I use an empty vegetable oil container for used lancets, alcohol wipes, and strips. It takes a while to fill it up and because it doesn't have syringes in it, I can send it to the landfill with the other garbage.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-07 08:37:11 -0600 Report

My bad is reusing my lancets over and over and over and over…and sucking any blood off my fingertip after testing…EEEEEEUUUWWWW! (I rationalize, I'm losing less iron that way.)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-07 10:25:33 -0600 Report

Lou I wanted to say something like "losing less iron" but couldn't think of how to put it! LoL!

oink66
oink66 2015-01-07 23:35:49 -0600 Report

Why don't you just buy an iron multi vitamin then, rather than partaking into the vampire blood ducking role. Sorry no offence but yuk, I prefer to wipe my excess blood off with tissue.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-08 08:59:43 -0600 Report

Iron pills can cause constipation. In the interest of regularity, I'd rather suck my own fingertip but will agree not to suck anyone else's.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-08 03:42:53 -0600 Report

LoL! Oink, I actually do take a iron pill due to my anemia.
However I figure why waste good hemoglobin?

It is a long standing habit of mine. I figure it is my blood and nothing in my blood will be bad for me.
i do however draw the line at sucking the blood of others. Now that would be vampirism.

MarkS
MarkS 2015-01-07 10:02:49 -0600 Report

I have been using the same lancet for over a year. I really need to change the damn thing since its getting harder and harder to get a good stick! I know - as my wife tells me, "That's disgusting"!

oink66
oink66 2015-01-07 23:31:33 -0600 Report

Yuk, that's the purpose for refills. I never use the same lancet twice, that's awful your setting yourself up for an infection

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-08 09:01:38 -0600 Report

Ditto with MarkS. I've been a diabetic for 38+ years and have never had an infection due to lancet reuse…although I concur, I should change them more frequently than I do.

MarkS
MarkS 2015-01-08 07:43:05 -0600 Report

You are correct. However, I've been doing this for 26 plus years without incidence. Hopefully, I will change my ways and will try to change more often (maybe like once a month or so !!!!)

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