Question??

Pat Roth
By Pat Roth Latest Reply 2009-07-24 09:42:46 -0500
Started 2009-07-22 23:13:26 -0500

I have a question>! I know that I am new here and don't know much, but this evening, for the first time in 3 years, my eve BS read 37
My mouth flew open (yes, it had been shut!) ha—-I was FINE , skin warm and dry, not dizzy, so I took it again, and it read 104. So why would my meter read such a low reading?? Is it WEARING OUT? It is a simple looking little thing, what could go wrong? Or was it ME?? I went ahead and ate my black beans I had ready for supper, but what causes these incorrect readings? Thanks ahead! PR


14 replies

P2putt
P2putt 2009-07-24 07:06:37 -0500 Report

This has happened to me also and like a number of you I checked a second time . The second reading was more in line with what is my usual range. We must always check again when a reading doesn't "look just right." There have been times when my sugar read low. I didn't check and ate. My next reading was through the roof. So we all need to be alert and careful. Pete

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 09:42:46 -0500 Report

Thank you so muc for your input, Pete! About the time I become complacent and careless, something else pops up, and I don't even have it badly! So can't imagine what the rest of you with more pronounced symtoms, must experience, routinely!! Bless us all! PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 23:06:53 -0500 Report

May I ask another question that has nothing to do with diabetis. I scrolled down on the Good Morning etc posts, and tried to add a "Good Night", but a little square flashed on —-Oh, Now I have forgotten—overload on line 158—I think. Does that mean, that is it? Do you have to start over or something? Best Wishes and a Good Night from HERE! ha—PR

mamaoak
mamaoak 2009-07-23 15:05:02 -0500 Report

they say not wipe your hans on a towel it can put washed off back on your hands. use papertowel insted. and then alcohal swab .my meter does the same thing some times i think it is the test strips too.

PAT L
PAT L 2009-07-23 16:01:41 -0500 Report

IT YOU DONT GIVE YOUR HANDS TIME TO AIR OUT THE ALCOHAL CAN GIVE YOU A BAD READING ALSO, SO JUST TAKE YOUR TIME AN DO IT RIGHT AN LET THE AIR DRY YOUR HAND WHEN YOU CAN…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 16:45:40 -0500 Report

OK, got it! I ususally blow on the alcohol finger, as I noticed if there is any left, it just runs the blood, and didn't figure that would be accurate. I tried again today, and it was fine, read 113. I have been so fortunate the past few days as it has been under 125 or so, can't figure—-the first few months, it seemed so STUBBORN would NOT go under 130 or so, yet it never got over 190, but if I did not do all things, diet, exercise (plus the swimming)REMEMBR MY MEDS it seemed to refuse to budge! It did hit 165 the other eve when I FORGOT my Metformin, but that just proved to me, to REMEMBER TO TAKE IT!!

So I feel so fortunate in being able to get it under better control, will keep checking, but when it is better I have a tendency to eat something I SHOULDN"T! But if the meter says NO. I am finally in a frame of mind to listen and behave!! Alright already! Ha—THanks so much for ALL of your help! PR

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-07-23 20:35:20 -0500 Report

You really shouldn't use alcohol when testing. It will dry out your skin, make it hard to get a blood sample, make it more painful than it should be and can eventually lead to infection. Wash your hands if you feel like you have to but the aim of the game is to keep your skin soft and the blood flowing and long term alcohol use on the fingers will do the opposite.

My personal opinion is that people read way too much into external factors messing up their readings. In reality, most meters are able to ignore most of what's on your fingers, sugar is the only thing that will really mess up a reading. Some things may interact with the chemical reaction but they are few an far between in day to day life. Chances are if you get a high or low reading then your blood sugar is high or low, it's only when it seems completely wrong, like a 37 with no symptoms of hypoglycemia, that you may want to wash your hands and test again.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 23:01:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for your advice, Robert—-PR
Oh, are you supposed to use the same fingers on the same arm? I thought that I read somewhere that it makes a difference, but that doesn't make sense to me. Can it? PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 08:53:29 -0500 Report

Oh, OK, Thank you so much as I wasn't aware of having to wash your hands etc before using it, I always use an alcohol swab, but I was in a hurry, had supper on the table for my hubby etc. I didn't realize that the little fellers were so sensitive, but it sure does make sense!!

Well, now I will be prepared to not think that my meter knows more than I, if I am still upright, SOMETHING else can be wrong, just not all me—in a way—Helps put checking the old BS into a proper persepctive. Thanks again, Friends! PR

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-07-23 07:38:06 -0500 Report

Home meters are anything but simple, since they rely on a complex chemical reaction and math functions a lot can go wrong. It was probably a bad strip though. What is the expiration date on the vial of strips? how long have they been open? How do you store them? If it happens again, contact the manufacturer and they will likely send you a new meter and strips.

PAT L
PAT L 2009-07-23 00:12:20 -0500 Report

YOU MUST WASH YOUR HANDS REAL GOOD BEFORE TAKING YOU BS.. IF ANYTHING IS ON YOUR HAND IT WILL GIVE YOU A BAD READING.. YOU CAN JUST WIPE YOUR HAND ON YOUR FORE HEAD AN IT WILL GIVE YOU BAD READING… I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE DONE IT…LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 08:55:14 -0500 Report

Thanks, makes sense, I usually am a stickler for washing but have been known to FORGET! hah—-Will check my paws from now on! Thanks, PR

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