Testing Supplies Here Now What?

By Katsarecool Latest Reply 2010-07-04 09:34:54 -0500
Started 2010-07-02 14:33:44 -0500

Unfortunately the last time I was at my doctor's office when she wrote the scripts for testing supplies I left the office without being told or shown how to test. I requested this within a few minutes of the doctor opening the door. I trusted they would remember as I was a bit overwhelmed by the confirmation and all the news during our talk.

Am I wrong to assume it is normal for our HCP to teach us how to test? And make sure we got it right before leaving the office?

I am sitting here with all of the supplies in my lap with tears wellng up so confused and a bit intimidated. I am not afraid of blood or pain or normally whimpy either.

If this has been covered before I apologize because I am new here.

Hugs to All,

Nancy Ann

14 replies

gregsteele 2010-07-04 09:10:19 -0500 Report

First welcome to dc your dr should be ashamed its his responsibility to make sure his patients are well and safe but sadly this is the norm im glad you have a good pharmacist that took the time to help you the guy behind meant well but isnt to smart handling others stuff it could have already been contaminated well enough of my ranting ill get off the soapbox again welcome love to all GREG

Katsarecool 2010-07-03 09:32:42 -0500 Report

I am feeling a bit silly and red-faced. I just returned from Walgreens and the pharmacist there showed me exactly how to test my blood. She walked me through it and I did pretty good. I tested 143 which is good for the morning. Ah what a relief!

Only irritating thing was a well-meaning man behind me that butted in. He actually took the test strip out of the meter and had his fingers all over it. That was before I tested. I had to discard the strip and start over. I know he was trying to help but handling other people's testing supplies is a no-no because of blood born stuff. He had no idea I had not put blood on the strip yet. I did mention the precautions that should be taken when handling anything with blood on it. Put a barrier between our hands and any material with blood on it. Ok rant done. LOL

Thank you so much for the suggestions and the support! It made all the difference as I was thinking about you guys while there.


Nancy Ann

GabbyPA 2010-07-04 08:52:32 -0500 Report

Don't you just LOVE your pharmacists? I found out that they can be one of the greatest sources of qualified information we have. I am so glad you got the directions you needed. It is a lot to deal with. I was fortunate, my mom showed me how to do it, and I learned a lot of tricks and tips from the members here.

Katsarecool 2010-07-04 09:34:54 -0500 Report

I do! I find that pharmacists along with other health care providers (such as dieticians, massage therapists, accupuncturists,etc.) are many times more knowledgeable and certainly have more empathy and compassion than doctors. I often wonder why they don't teach a class on Bed Side Manners and Listening in medical school. I worked in an ICU for nine years at Crawford Long Hospital here in Atlanta and got to know many doctos personally and can count on two hands the ones that impressed me and that was before I became ill. I really am feeling very comfortable here and check in several times daily. Yeah fo DC! And it's members!

monkeymama 2010-07-02 18:39:14 -0500 Report

Hello there Nancy and welcome. The same thing just happened to my dad. He actually went to his pharmacy and the pharmacist showed him how to work his machine and test. It is okay, my dad had to call me a few times and ask me since I was on the same before my insulin pump meter. Never be afraid to ask for help. And there is no such thing as a bad or dumb question, we are only human. Take it one step at a time and take your time. Once you do this a few times, it will all come to you faster. Best of wishes to you and we are all here for you.

Katsarecool 2010-07-02 23:03:56 -0500 Report

That is exactly what I am going to do first thing in the morning. I am on a first name basis with a pharmicist at Walgreens and we have gotten to know each other pretty good. I know Meta will help me do it. Why am I such a chicken s**t! LOL

kdroberts 2010-07-02 15:04:36 -0500 Report

What meter is it? Generally you put the strip in and the Meyer turns on. Then you may be asked to put in or match up a code that is on the strip vial. Then you get a sign saying the meter is ready. You draw blood from the upper side of your finger and touch it to the blood sucking part of the strip, make sure the meter is still on first though. Then you wait and it gives you the result.

The landing device could be many but for most that come with a meter you take a lance, pull off the top of the device, put the lance on the holder and pull off the cap. Recap the device and prime it, usually by pulling the back. Line up and fire. You may need to adjust the settings if you don't herel enough or you get too much.

Katsarecool 2010-07-02 23:02:33 -0500 Report

that sounds easy and simple but it just isn't. I have not done it yet. So weird. I worked in ICU for nine years and had no such compulsion to sticking others. :(

alanbossman 2010-07-02 15:01:39 -0500 Report

Hi Nancy, and welcome to DC. You can visit the health center here on DC there is info step by step on how to test your blood sugar.

Katsarecool 2010-07-02 23:05:47 -0500 Report

i am the kind of learner that has to be shown once and then do it myself while observed. Reading something and then doing it is confusing, it must be hands on. I promise I will start tomorrow. But thanks so much to everyone here!

packrat2 2010-07-02 14:53:49 -0500 Report

HI Nancy…there should be a how to use sheet in with the meter…??.let us know if there is not…regards packrat2

Katsarecool 2010-07-02 14:58:23 -0500 Report

Oh there is one. But it is huge! It takes up half my full size bed!And somewhat confusing. I know once I get going (tonight!) and after many days of testing, this topic will look silly to me. I am going to take this confusing day and fear of the supplies to write a letter to Liberty to suggest they put the instructions into a spiral notebook.

packrat2 2010-07-02 16:41:36 -0500 Report

I am sure you will get on to it…you have some good help from kdroberts and
alanbossman, just keep reading the instructions…regards packrat2

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