By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2010-11-16 10:35:05 -0600
Started 2010-11-14 12:16:15 -0600

what is the best meter that requires the LEAST amount of blood? my current one needs to suck more blood than a vampire - my fingers are sore and look like a connect the dot puzzle…any suggestions my friends? going on 11 months living as a diabetic and each day is an adventure… but i'd like to have pretty hands again lol… :)

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ERuby 2010-11-15 19:31:48 -0600 Report

I just recently got a 'free' FREE STYLE LITE from a Aid when I was in the hospital. I really like it because the strip has indicators on each end and reacts quickly with very little blood. Also, there are other areas you can test from too, that info usually comes with the meter … my fingers get tender at times too, so I have to change it up.

ConnieMarie 2010-11-15 16:31:50 -0600 Report

i have an accucheck aviva…i do change lancets everytime…water is always warm/hot wash because i hate alcohol on my skin…have it on least depth i can go and still get blood…sometimes have my partner hold my hand so i dont jump lol…

GabbyPA 2010-11-15 18:28:48 -0600 Report

Well it sounds like you are just very sensitive to testing on the fingers. There are some that take blood from other areas, but I have heard there are some accuracy issues with that. Try not to squeeze the finger to get the blood to come, that could be causing your dots as well.

ConnieMarie 2010-11-16 06:47:06 -0600 Report

thanks for all the advice - i will try combinations to see if something gives because my girlfriend gets evil grins when she pokes me :) lol

GabbyPA 2010-11-16 06:51:31 -0600 Report

LOL I husband gets that same grin when he has to give me a shot. Their turn will come. LOL

kdroberts 2010-11-15 09:32:03 -0600 Report

The new freestyle meters take the smallest sample of any meter right now. I don't like them but others do. Which meter do you currently use?

GabbyPA 2010-11-15 09:30:31 -0600 Report

I think the Freestyle lite takes a very small blood sample. Most of the newer ones now do as technology is improving.

About your dotted hands a couple of things you can do to help with that might be to
1. Change your lancets every time. Some people need to do that to prevent damage to the skin.
2. Don't use an alcohol wipe on your finger, it dries out your hands and can cause bruising or painful sticks.
3. Wash your hands with luke warm water and a mild soap to encourage blood flow to your fingers, specially in the winter.
4. Check the deepness setting on your lancing device. Too deep can cause bruising as well.
5. Try not to "jump" when you stick your finger. That little bit of movement increases the skin damage.
6. Lotion on your hands to keep them supple will also help prevent the "spotting"

Elrond 2010-11-14 23:12:23 -0600 Report

My Medtronic One Touch uses a very small sample and also offers the option of alternate-site testing. My doctor tells me to use my fingers, though, because it's more accurate. I have no idea of the cost of the meter or the strips because I'm a VA patient and Uncle Sam is footing the bill. My particular meter is wirelessly linked to my insulin pump; sending the readings directly to the pump where it's recorded and converted into the proper dose. All I need to do is tell the pump the amount of carbohydrates I plan to eat (if any) and the pump calculates the proper dose of insulin and administers it. The only way I can screw up is by figuring the carbs wrong. By the way, your picture doesn't show your hands but even if your hands aren't as pretty as they once were, your face makes up for them :)

Harlen 2010-11-14 15:04:36 -0600 Report

I hate to sey it but the contour is the one I would use if my ins woud pay for the strips but they will not .It takes such I tiny bit of blood to test I loved it
Best wishes
PS you can test on your arms too