testing

momhargrave
By momhargrave Latest Reply 2011-03-22 10:51:24 -0500
Started 2010-10-26 08:49:08 -0500

Some times when I go to test I have a problem getting a drop of blood for my test strip. I have tried using my arm to no avail. I alternate my fingers everyday and eve have a chart in my kit for my family so they understand if I cant test myself. Is there a reason for this? Am i the only one with this problem?


28 replies

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2010-10-29 12:00:55 -0500 Report

Sorry…had another thought that might help…are you hydrated enough? Seems if your body doesn't have enough water, it might not give up its blood so easily. Would appreciate feedback on this thought from those at DC who have more knowledge about how our bodies work.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2010-10-29 11:57:19 -0500 Report

Dear Momhargrave,
I test a minimum of 4 times a day and use my fingertips. Sometimes, I do have trouble getting a drop from one so I shake out my hands and lance another. I haven't had much luck using other test sites like my arm or back of fingers. I've been doing this for years now (34 years as a type 1) and worried that I might just wear out my fingertips but by rotating the fingers and sites on the tips, so far it still works OK. The suggestion to wash your hands in warm water before lancing is a good one.
Keep on testing!

harold highland
harold highland 2010-10-29 10:33:17 -0500 Report

Its a matter of trying different areas. I've found the side of my fingers always supply the blood I need to test with. I set my lancet at 2 for best results.

marc55
marc55 2010-10-28 21:39:49 -0500 Report

try washing your hands in warm water first, it brings the blood closer to the surface, testing on my arms does not work for me at all even out of a hot shower

troublemaker27
troublemaker27 2010-10-28 20:55:28 -0500 Report

hi i'm tori i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008.
but i test my blood sugar in the afternoon.
it looks good.
so what's it like being on this site?
sorry i haven't been on this site in awhile
i been busy dealing with manic depression.
but i have lost 150 pounds.
see you all later-tori

Panda54
Panda54 2011-03-22 10:06:30 -0500 Report

Hi I'm Marti I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. How did you loose alll that weight? I also am Bi-polar and a lot of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. They also make me sleepy and I sleep alot! I test 4 times a day and still have hi blood sugars. I will be going on the pump at the end of this month. Please write back and maybe you have some suggestions for me.

Panda54
Panda54 2011-03-22 10:06:11 -0500 Report

Hi I'm Marti I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. How did you loose alll that weight? I also am Bi-polar and a lot of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. They also make me sleepy and I sleep alot! I test 4 times a day and still have hi blood sugars. I will be going on the pump at the end of this month. Please write back and maybe you have some suggestions for me.

momhargrave
momhargrave 2010-10-28 22:14:57 -0500 Report

Best place I 've found to be. I was diagnosed with type 2 18 months ago. I may not comment every day but like James I'm here every day looking at others. It helps just to know i'm not alone in this sea of confusion. Con grats on the weight lose.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-10-28 21:07:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Tori!
I think it's wonderful to be on DC! I'm on here amost every day possible.

Welcome back! Looking to see more of you around the boards!

Blessings to you and yours

James

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-10-26 21:36:23 -0500 Report

If you are having difficulty getting blood from your finger (my preferred site), then slap your hands together (not enough to hurt yourself) and rub your hands and then the finger you intend to use. Yes, holding your finger under very warm water is also a good idea. Rubbing your finger or hands will warm up your hands and then the blood will come to the surface faster. I do it all the time. Sometimes you may have to rub your hands together quite vigorously. This also works if someone else rubs your hand in theirs. :D

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-26 18:02:34 -0500 Report

I thought I was one of the rar ones. Many times I have had to try several times before I can find blood. Other times I hit a gusher.
I'm on a low dose aspirin regiment.
I also have given lab tech's a fit trying to draw blood. The veins are easy to se before they set up for drawing the sample. Then vanishes. I had one tech decide I was doing it intentially, and tried finding the vein 21 times befor giving up. My supervisor sent be back to the hospital to check why I liiked like a spastic junkie. I was sent under guard.
Now after 3 tries I recommend asking for a 2nd tech.
Guardian stone

Panda54
Panda54 2011-03-22 10:37:33 -0500 Report

Hi Tori, I'm Marti I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. How did you loose alll that weight? I also am Bi-polar and a lot of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. They also make me sleepy and I sleep alot! I test 4 times a day and still have hi blood sugars. I will be going on the pump at the end of this month. Please write back and maybe you have some suggestions for me.
Hi Guardianstone. I love your name. I also have trouble getting my blood drawn. One thing that usually helps me is I ask for them to use a Butterfly needle. It is much thiner than a regular needle. And I warn them ahead of time that my viens are not cooprative.

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-10-26 18:32:48 -0500 Report

Absolutely! The tech who thought you were doing it on purpose should be fired, in my opinion. How unprofessional. You may have rolling veins (they move around) - which is quite common. I don't have a lot of patience with medical people (lol). Notice how it was you who has the problem, not them? After two tries, if the tech can't get, I would be suggesting that someone else try.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-26 19:02:52 -0500 Report

Thank you, I try getting another tech when they start palping the site for more than 4 minutes. By then my arm is screaming and I can't.
Guardian stone

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-10-26 21:41:48 -0500 Report

I would speak to the tech while he/she is setting up and haven't started yet. I would warn them that it may be difficult. Some of them can be pretty hard or not very gentle when trying to find a vein. I would ask them to maybe be a little gentle one time to see if that works better. I would also mention that if he/she is not successful after a couple of tries, that you would like someone else to try.

Some veins aren't stupid … they know what's coming and head for the hills.. lol.

Panda54
Panda54 2011-03-22 10:15:35 -0500 Report

Hi I'm Marti I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. How did you loose alll that weight? I also am Bi-polar and a lot of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. They also make me sleepy and I sleep alot! I test 4 times a day and still have hi blood sugars. I will be going on the pump at the end of this month. Please write back and maybe you have some suggestions for me.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-10-26 20:44:16 -0500 Report

when the phlebotomists tried to draw Jem they limited THEMSELVES to 3 sticks. they'd then calll in someone else to try again.

momhargrave
momhargrave 2010-10-26 18:12:58 -0500 Report

I don't think there are any rare ones here. Just questions we are afraid to ask for fear will will sound stupid or more likely we are afraid of the answers we may get. I figure it is better to be thought of as stupid than to truely be stupid for fear for not asking. After all is that not what this site is for, to ask and seek the answer? we are the ones who must row this boat and we seek each to help stay on course.

momhargrave
momhargrave 2010-10-26 17:26:56 -0500 Report

Have have tried adjusting my lancet to know avail and I also take blood thinners. I wondered if maybe i could be dehydrated. Still have had no luck finding a new Dr. Have also tried putting my hands in warm water.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-10-26 17:43:22 -0500 Report

Sounds like a definite possibility, Helen. I hadn't even thought to consider that. Before my Jem got her port-a-cath implanted she often had to get blood draws because of her coumadin and heart failure. When the phebotomists were having trouble getting the blood out of her they gave her water to drink so she was hydrated better. Sometimes it would work, sometimes not.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-10-26 14:41:35 -0500 Report

Howdy Helen!

If you tried what Runthe & Harlen suggests and you still have trouble with your blood being just a bit too thick

I used to have that problem from time to time, and I had trouble getting Jem's sometimes too.

It is possible that your blood may be thicker than normal, as PWDs often have thicker blood. My Dr told me that was a factor in having the TIAs I have had over the years. I have been put on Aggrenox (expensive) to thin my blood. Jem had been on coumadin/warfarin.

It might be worth mentioning to your DM care team that you are experiencing that. They may suggest you go on a baby asprin, or prescribe a blood thinner of some kind.

Blessings to you and Yours

James Baker

Harlen
Harlen 2010-10-26 11:03:39 -0500 Report

Hello
dose you lancer have a depth dial ?????
I use 5 on fingers and 7 on the arm If yours dosent have one let me know and I will send you a new one that dose
Best wishes
Harlen

Panda54
Panda54 2011-03-22 10:51:24 -0500 Report

Hi Tori, I'm Marti I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. How did you loose alll that weight? I also am Bi-polar and a lot of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. They also make me sleepy and I sleep alot! I test 4 times a day and still have hi blood sugars. I will be going on the pump at the end of this month. Please write back and maybe you have some suggestions for me.
Hi Guardianstone. I love your name. I also have trouble getting my blood drawn. One thing that usually helps me is I ask for them to use a Butterfly needle. It is much thiner than a regular needle. And I warn them ahead of time that my viens are not cooprative.
Hi Harlen, could you tell me where I might find a lanset that dials up to 7, mine only go'es up to 4 and my fingers are all getting to tough to get any blood from them. I have been thinking about getting a new meter that will take smaller blood samples but I like my meter and don't want to change it.

runthe
runthe 2010-10-26 11:03:24 -0500 Report

By momha­rgrav­e, have you tried seeing if your lancing device is at it;s highest number for pricking your finger. I had a hard time to until I moved my number from 2 to 3. All devices are different. You might have to read your manuel that came with your kit.

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