Drawing blood

By loriklmt Latest Reply 2015-02-26 19:41:49 -0600
Started 2015-02-25 12:01:18 -0600

Hi all,

I've recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm curious if anyone has been able to take their blood out of somewhere else rather than their fingers. I'm a massage therapist and I touch people's skin all the time so I'm concerned with having broken skin and contracting something. I know the pin prick is tiny and probably heals over pretty fast, but it's still not the most optimal place for me to be pricking myself numerous times a day. We are taught that if we even have a hang nail we should wear gloves just to ensure our safety!

Thanks in advance!


3 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-26 19:41:49 -0600 Report

I have permission from my doctor to use my arm but you need a special tip for your lancing device to do that. We tested from my fingers and my arm for a week to see if there was a difference. Once we found out that there really wasn't much of a difference, I use my arm from time to time.

I was in the hospital for a few days with IV's both arms so they did groin testing. I use the sides of my fingers when I test. Testing on the fingertips can be painful and can cause callouses if you don't rotate fingers.

Mallacai 2015-02-25 12:36:22 -0600 Report

Hi, the reason you have to test at your finger tips is because changes in blood glucose shows up on the extremities quickly and that is what you want to see the changes as they occur. The tests that uses blood from the "fleshy " areas are not accurate for quick changes.

jayabee52 2015-02-25 12:23:52 -0600 Report

Howdy Lori
I have not taken blood from anywhere except the sides of my fingertips. counting the sides and the very tips of my fingers (including thumbs) I have 30 places to test, and that does not include the "fleshy" pads of my fingers.

I have taken blood from the arm of my late wife (when she was alive, of course)

She was totally blind and she wanted to save her fingers for reading her braille books. However she didn't like sticking her arm like that and we went back to lancing the sides of her fingers. I did stay away from her braille fingers so there was little chance of messing those up.

She was also on coumadin and even then her bleeding stopped quite fast.

I think that you'll be fine if you have normal clotting times, however if you still are concerned you will need a special tip on your lancing device to facilitate taking it from other than the sides of your fingertips.

God's best to you

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