Checking your blood glucose number

BB42
By BB42 Latest Reply 2018-01-08 00:29:53 -0600
Started 2017-12-05 08:14:43 -0600

I've a question upon which I hope someone can provide an answer.I was told that the best way to take my blood glucose number is to prick my finger with the lancet and then wipe off the first drop with a tissue and the measure using the remaining drop. Does it really make a difference doing it the above way?


10 replies

FluffyChenille
FluffyChenille 2018-01-08 00:29:53 -0600 Report

Sometimes I do that but I don't think it's necessary. The one thing I did learn i show to get a good drop of blood to come out pretty quick. I start at the bottom of my finger and massage it with a pushing motion going up my finger like you would if you were trying to push toothpaste up the tube. I massage as I am going up my finger and the blood just pours out…if I don't do that it takes forever to get any blood.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-12-06 15:47:36 -0600 Report

If your hand have been cleaned and haven't been contaminated by food or sugars it don't matter, your blood is your blood.

Suzy24
Suzy24 2017-12-06 12:25:53 -0600 Report

I wash my hands then use the first drop which seems to work fine. I have a hard time getting a 'good' first blood drop so using a remaining drop isn't an option:)

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-12-05 13:57:36 -0600 Report

I use the heel of my hand. Doesn't hurt and I just use the first drop out. It gives me as good a reading as a finger stick.

msann
msann 2017-12-05 10:03:01 -0600 Report

hey i do both ways just a thing that i do dont guess it matters if you wash your hands anyway

BB42
BB42 2017-12-05 09:47:22 -0600 Report

Thanks for replying. I do wash my hands before checking my number. I did not think wipeing away the fiorst drop matters and I appreciate your advice

Luis65
Luis65 2017-12-05 09:39:51 -0600 Report

I've never done that myself. Perhaps the idea is that the 1st drop is contaminated by skin oils and other foreign substances. Better I think to wash your hands well and dry them completely before lancing.

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