I have a fear of needles

pmg - 18722
By pmg - 18722 Latest Reply 2008-07-06 02:18:42 -0500
Started 2008-07-05 17:53:44 -0500

I have always had a fear of needles and this afternoon, it took me 45 min. to get the nerve to just test myself before dinner. I know that the lance is just a tiny prick in the finger but I felt like it hurt alot ( it's all in my head I know). I keep thinking that if I have this much problem with testing myself, I had better learn how to care for myself pretty quick cause I don't know if I could give myself insulin shots. My hands felt and looked like I had dipped them in water when I finally pricked my finger.I have started to document my meals also. I am not sure what else I should keep track of ( besides my sugar levels). Can anyone give me some suggestions? The information I have read so far had been very interesting.

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morris.js 2008-07-06 02:18:42 -0500 Report

When it comes to testing, you can use alternate sites like your forarm where there are not as many nerve endings. Read your instructions with your test kit to see if yours is one of them. Also most lancet devices let you adjust the depth of the poke, so you do not need to go deeper than what is needed to get a good sample.
Hang in there, you will get thru it just fine. We have all been there. Remember, their are far worse things that can happen if you do not get the courage to control it now.
You always have my support and prayers.

Millie57 2008-07-06 02:03:10 -0500 Report

In todays world Technology is so great. I recently saw a commercial on a device for diabetics to use and it looked like this device did not prick you. Of course, I wonder how this is possible? I was tired and I did not catch the name of the device. If anyone out there in the Diabetes Community can help us with the name of this device, then this may be an option for those friends who are afraid of needles.

Wishing and praying for your good health! Take it day by day do not rush to learn everything at once it will never happen. I have been learning since 2004.

GabbyPA 2008-07-06 01:34:13 -0500 Report

Needles...yikes. I used to think I really didn't mind them, until I had to start poking myself every day. It is fuuny really, because it really doesn't "hurt". That last little push on the lancet pen is always the hardest. LOL You will get used to it, it does take a while. You will find which fingers produce the best amount for you so you are not pricking more than you have to.
As for tracking...the more I read here, the more I see I need to track everything. There are signals in everything we do, and it can be overwhelming.
My biggest thing it to listen to your body. It tells you all kinds of things, we just don't listen very well.
Here are some other things you can track:
How well you sleep can tell you about your sugar. If I have lots of dreams and nightmares, it usually means my sugar is high.
When you exercise, see how you feel and test your blood. You can begin to associate the feeling of a dropping sugar level with a number.
Are you dizzy any times during the day? See what helps you over come it. Then try to see what causes it.
Do your feet and fingers feel funny? Maybe not today, but always keep an eye on them, they are a sign of nerve damage, which is very common. If your sugar is out of control for very long, you can have issues in toes and fingers.
I am also a big fan of supplements and holistic treatments. Research some supplements and herbs. There are some very good articles and discussions on them in the site. Add them to your daily routine one at a time and see if you feel a change, for the good or the bad.
Most of all, keep notes of what you do. It will help you and your doctor create the best treatment for you.
There is so much, and it is so complicated...just add one thing at a time and you will do okay. If you try to do it all, you will go crazy and mabye even be tempted to throw in the towel. Don't do that, just take baby steps, and suddenly you will realize you are running.
Glad you are here, you will find there are a lot of great people here willing to help.

BarryE 2008-07-05 18:04:34 -0500 Report

I also had a big fear of needles too. It really is all in the mind, and now after so much practice I don't really notice the finger poke anymore.

A good idea for you to keep track of is what foods you eat and how they affect your glucose, keep track of your exercise, and also keep track of your blood pressure. This gives both you and your doctor a basis of your control and overall health. Remember to be proactive about your health and ask your medical team to explain what you are being told.

Wishing you good health!

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