01/08/15 Diabetes Dirty Little Secrets PART 2

By oink66 Latest Reply 2015-01-08 23:45:50 -0600
Started 2015-01-08 11:49:44 -0600

01/08/15, @ 10:49am
Okay To all my DC Family I am openly apologizing for my comments posted on last nights discussion. I don't mean to be judgemental by anymeans. I will continue to do a one time use and dispose of my lancets as well as my test strips sterilization is my number one answer to over all better health. DISPOSING: I use kleenex, tissue, papertowles and roll them up and then place in trashcan.
I personall feel that we ALL have a CHRONIC deease and that we should be taking better care of oursleves and beeing unhygenic is not apart of how we should be taking care of ourselves. Things like using your lancets over and over and over could lead to other health problems such as a really serious infection or lymb amputations, BLOOD in general is not something to take lightly either. Yes I did get extremly disguseted with some of the things I was reading because I could not belive that the Diabetic Community could/would do something like this I had this thing in my head that wow we are really representing to the public that we are on top of our game. Our HEALTH in general. I'm not saying that your not !
I want to continue to be as supportive to my DC at all cost, but right now I haven't gotten that comfortable at re-using my lancets and the thought of it makes my stomach queeze/nausea… So that I don't run out, In beteween my scheduled Rx prescription refills I have opted out to purchasing additonal sterile lancets and test strips from EBAY and they are very inexpensive.
Again my deepest apologize to the community.

5 replies

jayabee52 2015-01-08 23:45:50 -0600 Report

No problem Oink! I wasn't offended at all (I don't offend easily!). You were just expressing your opinion, which we do here.

Nick1962 2015-01-08 18:54:48 -0600 Report

Won’t comment on the apology, wasn’t part of that discussion, but I’d like to offer this on the theory of sterilization being healthy. If you’re speaking strictly about the medical transfer of blood, then yes, we do have to practice some safety measures, but in truth the blood never even gets on our lancets. If you’ll notice, you don’t actually bleed until after you’ve used it and it’s already out of the skin. If it’s lack of sterility you’re worried about, remember, unless you’ve dropped it on the floor or the dog licked it or something, whatever made it “non-sterile” after that one use was already on you and you’ve just poked it into your skin. Just letting the lancet sit does not make it “non-sterile”. If that were the case you’d be getting infections from every paper cut, knuckle scrape, cat scratch or mosquito bite. Even you are not sterile on the inside.

Many germs and bacteria are beneficial, in fact necessary to teach your immune system to fight them.
Not saying go out and be filthy, but you do need to introduce yourself to the nasties from time to time so they know how to battle them. To put your mind to rest a little about lancet re-use (which almost seems to be a phobia) take a look at this old discussion and let the math speak for itself (that is to say you’re one of a very, very few who single-use), none of the folks I know in there have reported and type of infection or infectious illness.
It'll be OK, really it will. If you need a limb amputation from re-using lancets, you have other, much bigger health issues.

notmaiden 2015-01-08 17:50:44 -0600 Report

I started that discussion not to get people in trouble or have our own community judge each other.
Yes I should change my lancets more often but it's not like our hands aren't clean when checking nor do we douse our clickers in mud or what not.
Is it sanitary to change it? Hell Ya. But the place you get the blood from is like every other cut. Can't expect everyone to be so uppity about cuts. Ya we may be slow healing but dang we are all human.

MarkS 2015-01-08 14:29:37 -0600 Report

No big deal; everyone has their own level of comfort with how they handle their testing/injections/disposal of the supplies used to control their diabetes. While I tend to be a bit laissez-faire, my wife, an RN, has been much more obsessive compulsive when she had to assist me with my infusion set changes (I shattered my left wrist from a basketball accident). Her compulsion drove me crazy regarding my diabetes stuff (i.e., alcohol wipes and sanitizer) but her detailed care of my arm wound (4 pins and a ten inch surgery incision) resulted in no post-surgical infections and that was over a two-month period. Its all about risk-benefit!

Type1Lou 2015-01-08 12:12:57 -0600 Report

No need to apologize IMO…you were being frank in your reaction and disagreeing without being disagreeable. Everyone here has different stances about what works for them and their diabetes. It's such an individual disease that no "one answer" fits us all. I have had diabetes for 38 years. My HbA1c's are in the 6's and I have minimal complications (Some bit of neuropathy in my feet but nothing that bothers me) and evidence of diabetic retinopathy but nothing that has progressed in over 10 years.) Yes, I realize that we are advised to change our lancets every time we test. I test on average 8 times a day and opt not to change my lancet every time. I never share one of my used lancets with anyone else. If a friend asks me to test their BG, I will test them with a new lancet and then put in another new lancet for my continued use.

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