Like squeezing blood from a rock...

Refined Ruffian
By Refined Ruffian Latest Reply 2015-01-28 18:38:10 -0600
Started 2015-01-28 10:23:16 -0600

I am having trouble getting blood when I prick myself with the lancet. I can not get blood from my fingers at all, so I am using my upper arm. I still have to prick myself a few times to find a good spot and sometimes have to squeeze to get a full drop. I have beendoing this for only two weeks but my bicep is quite bruised.

Does anybody have trouble getting blood? What methods do you use to get blood for testing?

8 replies

sweetslover 2015-01-28 13:53:42 -0600 Report

I have to warm my fingers up with warm water before I test. Then I milk my finger from the palm toward the finger tips to get blood into the finger tips. I press down with the lancing device really hard before I pull the trigger. I can also set the depth on my device. Sometimes I still have to squeeze my finger tips as well. My little finger is not as tough as the rest. It bleeds fairly easy.

RebDee 2015-01-28 11:06:36 -0600 Report

Try near your wrist instead of your upper arm which may have too much muscle to reach the veins to get the blood. Also try finger tips instead of finger pads.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-28 11:57:34 -0600 Report

I tried the first few times on my fingers. I probably poked a dozen times at each sitting and never got blood. AND.. it hurts there! So far I have been able to draw about half the time from my bicep and it doesn't hurt at all. But I will try at the wrist tonight. That just might work.

GabbyPA 2015-01-28 10:58:52 -0600 Report

Hot water does wonders. It causes the vessels to open up. I wash my hands with very warm soapy water. I have a few fingers that don't do as well as others for giving my what I need, but the hot water helps me a lot.

There are some meters that can read the blood from the palm of your hand. Have you tried there?

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-28 11:12:02 -0600 Report

Not yet, but your ideas are greatly appreciated! The cold hands problem makes sense. Thanks!

FLmickey90 2015-01-28 18:38:10 -0600 Report

Try the palm. I've tried that once and it worked. Which meter do you use? I have the OneTouch Ultra2 and the palm area was a suggestion. I used the meaty part by the thumb. I'm right handed and have used my middle and ring finger so much they've started to hurt in the spots I've used so much as I hadn't tried on my left had much. The last few days I've been doing it on my left hand.

Erin Michelle
Erin Michelle 2015-01-28 10:52:26 -0600 Report

I use my finger tips. I have found when I am cold it is really hard to get blood to come out. If this is the case try warming ur hands up. Or squeezing my finger from the base to the tip like ur squeezing toothpaste. Sometimes helps to get the blood flowing up there.
Also. I have a multiclix lancet device. It has adjustable depths that the lancet will go into the finger. Great for the cold days when my fingers are cold. Also it holds 6 lancets at once so I more likely to change my lancets more often.

GabbyPA 2015-01-28 10:59:40 -0600 Report

You are so right, sharp lancets are key as well. The get a clean prick instead of a tear, and that allows for better flow.