Testing on fingers

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-01-05 07:40:26 -0600
Started 2011-01-02 07:35:54 -0600

Blood flow is slow on some fingers plus very sore. Can you test in arm? Do you need special meter for this and should you check with Dr in order to do this. I don't know if this would disort the AlC readings…confused

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realsis77 2011-01-02 11:51:49 -0600 Report

Hi. My meter is one that allows for alternative testing sites, however I was told that if you do choose to use an alternative site the results will not be as accurate as the fingure site. I was having trouble with the soreness also so I inquired about the alternative site testing. When I found out the accuarcy is off on alternative sites I started switching fingers. Finally they calloused enough to stop the soreness. If they get too sore ill switch fingers again. This helps a lot. You might want to try it? I wish you the best. For me I take insulin and need to be as accurate as possiable so I continue to finger test.

MewElla 2011-01-02 12:47:23 -0600 Report

You are several jumps ahead of me…you already checked out what I was asking about the finger testing. I do alernate my fingers, cause they are sore. But, guess I must do what I must do, keep on finger testing because I definitely want accurate readings. Appreciate your info…have a great week!!

jayabee52 2011-01-02 08:50:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Ella Happy New year!

Yes, you can use alternative test sites.

And you need a special lancing device from my experience with my one touch meters. The special lancing device which USED to come with the one touch meters had a regular nose on their lancing pens which could be replaced by a clear nose which was a bit longer. You would press the clear nose to your arm and hold it against your arm until you get a big enough sample of blood. I have gotten a new meter from my insurance company recently, and they didn't have the lancet pens with it which had that clear adapter. I don't know why. I haven't looked, so I don't know if they sell the lancet pens with the special adapter as a separate item.

I have heard here on another discussion thread that you get your freshest blood from your fingers. The blood in your arms is older, so you don't get the best reading of your current BG#s.

Have you tried putting your hand in a pan of warm water (of course dry it thoroughly first) and then poking it with the lancet? I found that helpful when poking my bride's fingers. Also drink some water about 10 min before you plan to test, so that you are fully hydrated. Again, that was helpful sometimes when my bride's fingers were stingy with blood droplets. Diabetes can thicken your blood, so stay hydrated to avoid problems like that.

As far as sore fingers, have you been lancing on either side of the finger and then the middle of the tip? that spreads out the injury which causes the pain. You could use the outside of the tips of the fingers, one each in succession, and then the tips or the inside of the fingers each in succession. If you test on both hands, you would have 30 testing sites before you use one over again.

Another thing is change your lancet frequently. I haven't changed my lancet, and I am noticing I am having a bit more pain. It feels like the lancet is hook shaped, so I need to change it. They can get dull or deformed and that will increase your pain with every poke.

I really haven't personally had a problem with getting a good blood sample from my fingers. But when my Jem had problems getting a droplet, we tried the arm testing for a while, but we had about as much trouble getting blood from the arm as through her fingers, so we went back to using her fingers. She was concerned with sore fingers because she read braille and didn't want the fingers being painful or desensitized with which she read braille. We continued to use her fingers to test her BG#s (sometimes up to 6X/day. She never complained that she couldn't read her braille or that her reading fingers were too painful. (and she read A LOT of braille books, sometimes 2 or 3 a week).

I pray that some of these suggestions are useful to you


MewElla 2011-01-02 12:57:38 -0600 Report

Truly appreciate your suggestions about the finger testing. I drink a lot of water each day, because of hydration concern and the fact I usually walk 5-6 miles per day . I use different fingers each time but never thought about, or was told I could use the opposite side of the finger to test. This definitely would be a good idea. Guess the fact as you said the freshest blood with more accurate #'s would come from the fingers is where I will stay. Thank you so much and I hope you have a blessed and healthy week for you and yours.

jayabee52 2011-01-03 00:31:37 -0600 Report

I did check at Walmart today, & found a lancet device there - Reli-on brand - which will allow alternate site testing. But you're probably not interested anymore. I pray my suggestions about changing fingers and locations on the fingers will work well for you.

MewElla 2011-01-03 07:30:58 -0600 Report

Thanks for checking at my favorite store today…but, you are right, arms won't give best readings and this is my goal. I did take your suggestion and used the opposite side of a finger This morning, # was great and sure did not hurt so much. You get a "A" for this tip. Have a nice day!!

birch21 2011-01-04 21:31:57 -0600 Report

I have another way to get the blood to flow a little better when it is slow on the fingers I usually warm my hands under running water and then after drying I let me arm hang down and give it a few shakes which usually does the trick for me to get the amont I need to test. I think my meter the Bayer contour came with and alternate test site clear cap but am not sure. Hope you have good results.

MewElla 2011-01-05 07:40:26 -0600 Report

I use the Bayer contour too and think the machine does well. Just the operator testing problems. I will try your method above and sees if this works great for me.Thanks for the tip…

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