Not wanting to check bs.

By momfeb42009 Latest Reply 2009-11-01 17:46:07 -0600
Started 2009-10-27 12:40:51 -0500

Does anyone just simply get tired of checking their bs? After 21 years, its kinda getting old, can't you agree. The bs watch was a great idea, but insurance wouldn't cover it (imagine that).

39 replies

Anonymous 2009-11-01 17:12:09 -0600 Report

If you're a Type 2 and not on insulin, daily testing is only of value if you WILL take action if your number is high—exercise or change what you were going to have for your next meal. If you're like most Type 2s, an A1C test is much more valuable measure of how you're controlling your disease. And now you can buy A1C home tests if you can't afford a doctor visit and lab, although you really do need a doctor's advice. If you're Type 1, like my little boy, try testing from alternate sites. Unless you're feeling "low," testing from your arm is acceptable and hurts MUCH less. (I've tried it, and it's very true.)

Eileen - 13636
Eileen - 13636 2009-11-01 12:05:11 -0600 Report

I been diabetic 36 yrs and stick myself every day 2-4 times a day. It's not fun but has keep me walking and talking and seeing!!!!

jigsaw 2009-11-01 17:17:44 -0600 Report

Eileen, Very nicely put!!!

LoriAnne 2009-11-01 17:46:07 -0600 Report


mamaoak 2009-10-31 17:31:42 -0500 Report

i am all ready sick of it but do it any way want to keep on tack. what gets me are the differant readings i get with each meeter do not know which one to trust like to day took first thing this morening one read 194 and the other read 104 big differance both with the same blood drop on the finger could not believe it. i did not do any thing different befor bed the meeter read 75 could not believe my eyes.

jayabee52 2009-10-31 23:00:58 -0500 Report

is there any way to check your meters against a meter at a Dr office or hospital and only use the meter with the closest reading to that?

Linda1965 2009-10-31 13:48:54 -0500 Report

I've been diabetic almost 40 years! When I first had blood samples taken in the hospital, it was a regular blood test. Then it was a razor they broke to "slice" your finger for blood which I hated even more than getting a regular blood test! I really don't mind doing the bloodtest if I can find my meter and strips!! Check CVS for their brand meter. They recently ran a sale on their test strips and the meter was less than $20. I have no idea what the strips are like.

LeeLee 2009-10-31 12:58:32 -0500 Report

Aloha & Good Morning…
I poke n prick myself all day checking my BS. My BS is high in the AM n lows in the PM. Same #'s for years. I use Byetta in the AM. I love Byetta n got use to the nausea n head aches. I love to eat! And a cup of Cereal makes me full!
Have a Blessed Day!

jayabee52 2009-10-31 13:09:24 -0500 Report

aloha yourself LeeLee, welcome back to DC Have a blessed day also!

sweething 2009-10-31 14:04:03 -0500 Report

I'm in a diabetes burn out after; is it 27 years? I was 32 when diagnosed and I'm 59 now—yeah, 27 years! My blood sugars are good most of the time, so I'm not forcing myself to check more than 2 times a day. I have type 2, diagnosed with it when they weren't talking about kids and teenagers having type 2. Back when you put so many drops of urine in a test tube, diluted with so many drops of water, then dropped a tablet in. The color it turned was a range for your blood sugar supposedly, but that was urine you had made when perhaps your blood sugar was higher or lower than at the time you took your urine test.

You'd think I would be thankful it's so much easier today!

melissaweeks92 2009-10-30 13:28:03 -0500 Report

I know the feeling. My fingers get so sore sometimes. I have my stick on the lowest settings but they still get sore.

imsuzie2 2009-10-31 03:54:54 -0500 Report

Some one here suggested using a different finger each stick so the fingers have a chance to heal a bit. I started doing that and it works great. I also use lower settings. S2

Susan53 2009-10-31 12:20:02 -0500 Report

They have meters you can test on your arm and you don`t feel it at all. Even the inexpensive meter have that option now. Good Luck!

Sharon Valerie
Sharon Valerie 2009-10-31 12:37:14 -0500 Report

Hi there,

I know how you feel with the sore fingers, I am currently doing at least 7 fingner tests a day. My fingers are always sore, I have a multi-clix and you can do the test on your hand. I know it's sore, but at least you know where your sugar levels are. I have terrible hypos with no symptons so the doctors are asking me to check all the time. Good luck.

DiabetesDiva 2009-10-28 12:07:29 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed about 2 years ago. For the last 3months I have resisted testing. My life is stressful now: Bought a house in another state, need to sell the house where we now live, husband retiring and the move is to take care of my 86 year old dad. Add 2 narcissistic family members to the mix! I'm hoping when we move I'll get back on track.

imsuzie2 2009-10-29 01:18:44 -0500 Report

DD, don't resist. Maybe skip a day now and then, but you can do a lot of harm if you don't test regularly. You need to take care of you especially when you are stressed. You won't be much help to your dad or family if you are sick…or is that the idea? Think about it. S2

Sharon Valerie
Sharon Valerie 2009-10-31 12:49:25 -0500 Report

I know it's hard, but if you don't do your testing you will end up really sick and if your husband is retiring, it will also be really stressful for him too. I have type 1 diabetes and I hate all the stuff we have to do, but I want to live a long time and enjor my life. I used to want to make sure I saw my children grow up, now I want to see them get married and become a grandmother so I do what the doctors demand. I am lucky, I have a great doctor and team who help me but I feel sometimes that they want to control everything but | am healthy,I work fully time, I coach swimming as well and I am the mom of 3 great kids. If I can manage, anyone can. Do you're testing you'll be glad you did

jigsaw 2009-10-28 07:42:36 -0500 Report

I believe it's a life prolonger and a life saver! I have confirmed what to eat, how much is ok, and when I mistakenly eat a no no thanks to the strips! All equates to less sugar spikes and less chance of complications! It is possible to have a good a1c and still have high sugar spikes from time to time!!!

jayabee52 2009-10-28 09:32:09 -0500 Report

as I understand it an A1c is an average over a 3 month period. If one had many spikes, and a good A1c, then that means one would have corresponding lows to make up for the highs

jigsaw 2009-10-28 11:29:13 -0500 Report

jayabee52—That is the exact explanation that my endocrinologist gave me! So as not to confuse any one, BS spikes are not good even if your a1c is good.

imsuzie2 2009-10-28 02:27:23 -0500 Report

I agree that testing is so very important. If you have been testing for 21 years, we can assume you are Type 1. I am Type 2, so only testing twice a day is easy compared to you. But you know what can happen if you don't. I feel so for my type 1 cousins, your control is so much more dependent on testing, and so many more times a day than I need to. Please re-think. Your life depends on it. Hugs

Piper5 2009-10-28 01:02:38 -0500 Report

I've been T1 for 33 years. I started out just urinating on a test strip, which wasn't very accurate. Compared to where technology and this disease used to be that many years ago, I thank those who discovered and developed the finger stick BS test. I thank them at least 9-10 times every day. And darn glad I'm still here to do it. I'm now on a pump, no complications, but wanted to pump now so I can prolong any complications. I want to see my grandchildren grow up. Try to think about a healthy future and just keep on BS'n Good luck.

BLC 2009-10-27 22:32:51 -0500 Report

I do. I don't really feel it anymore because my fingers are so callused but every time I buy strips I think of all the fun things I could be doing with that money! You are not alone I get so sick of it sometimes I could scream. Best of luck to you and take care.

Hinboyz3 2009-10-27 16:56:32 -0500 Report

Hey I hear yah! Im new to the checking of the blood sugar in the mornings and evenings. I have to think in my mind where do I really want to be (Hawaii) and then I press the button, and back to reality I come. Lol! I just pray everyday it gets a little bit better.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-27 17:15:34 -0500 Report

I came close to loseing my eye sight, had to have lazer surguery on both eyes.
yes there are times I don't feel like checking my BG's but I know what can happen if I don't. So it's up to you if
you check or don't but think of what you
might lose in the long run. Dan

Sarguillo 2009-10-27 15:36:54 -0500 Report

been there, done that. At times, I just plain forget to check. As long as my A1C comes out good, I feel I am ok.

MarineMomX2 2009-10-27 14:58:20 -0500 Report

Only you can make the choice to check your bs. I wish my mom still had that choice. However, she chose to ignore some of the other diseases that diabetes only speeds up their progression (i.e. heart disease, stroke). Personally I'd like to stick around a lot longer and watch my grandchildren grow up!

SuzyAttendorn 2009-10-27 13:21:30 -0500 Report

I have only been diagnosed since the end of August, so haven't been testing that long. But, I try to look at it as a tool to knowing if I am doing the right things for my body. In 20 years I may be sick and tired of it too…but for now I try to just be thankful.

forrest3s 2009-10-27 13:05:25 -0500 Report

I don't like checking my bs either but it is very much needed. If a person doesn't have insurance this is a very expensive procedure. 25 test strips cost around $27.00.

Hinboyz3 2009-10-27 16:57:54 -0500 Report

I really hear yah Forrest3s, cause I don't have any and when I purchased 50ct strips I was out of 62.00! Funny thing is it's almost time to repurchase them again.

jayabee52 2009-10-28 00:25:29 -0500 Report

There was a time not so long ago when I didn't have insurance either. I found that Walgreens had their own meter called Walgreens True Track smart system where the strips weren't all that expensive [they were expensive enough, about $30 for 50 strips as I recall]. The meter cost less than $20.

[They did have a less expensive meter and strips but the less expensive meter had strips which had a hole on the side of the strip that I could maybe hit with a drop of blood maybe 2 out of 3 times and some of those the blood sample wasn't big enough. All in all I would usually waste 1 of 2 strips. Soon I went back to the more expensive strip from Walgreens where the blood drop would go into the end of the strip.]

There are reasons the meter companies want to give you a free meter. They want to get you on their meter so you will buy their strips. That's where they make their money.

So you might want to check out some National chain pharmacies, [like walgreens] and see if they have an inexpensive meter, and then check out how much their strips cost. Maybe your costs could be reduced over the long haul by doing something like that.

Susan53 2009-10-31 12:14:15 -0500 Report

Your right about the meters because I have a free one from Drug Mart and they use the True Track also. A little less and they work very well.

Harlen 2009-10-27 13:03:43 -0500 Report

all the time BUT I like my feet where they are I love to see and other then the pump I dont have to be hooched up to a machine to Pee I dont have any comlacations yet and I would like to keep it that way.
Its your life do what you will
I love me and its up to me to take care of me
Best wishes

Hinboyz3 2009-10-27 17:22:51 -0500 Report

You've got that right Harlen. We got to take care of our selves it's only one of us.

ptsparkle 2009-10-27 18:22:58 -0500 Report


LoriAnne 2009-10-27 22:22:42 -0500 Report

Way to go Harlen!! You got the right idea. You would think if someone has been sticking for 21 years they should be slightly used to it by now. I hate to stick my fingers but I know that no one else is going to do it for me. Unless I win the lottery and pay someone to stick it for me!! NO CHANCES OF THAT HAPPENING!!!!!!

Susan53 2009-10-31 12:10:32 -0500 Report

Ditto and you want to be able to hold you head up high when you meet the Big Guy upstairs. (Jesus)

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