By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-09 11:58:08 -0600
Started 2011-01-07 13:34:23 -0600

Pricking my finger for blood glucose testing, the more I do it, the less I like it!
Although it is necessary, it still hurts, and it is very annoying.
What about you, what are your thoughts, views, and suggestions?


24 replies

PetiePal 2011-01-09 11:58:08 -0600 Report

Here's the link to the OneTouch Delica:

I've got 3 of these nows..I bought 2 and then my endo finally started getting samples and the nice receptionist hooked me up with a third. Box of needles is like $13 at the pharmacy but about $10 online. Not sure if my insurance covers mine yet..last time I sent in for them they sent me the regular OneTouch ultra fine ones which I had been using up until then. These Delicas are super gentle.

glee9349 2011-01-09 11:38:32 -0600 Report

My fingers get really sore from all the picks a day and they are getting calussed but i know that if i dont my health and life could be in danger and i look at it as a blessing that we have the machines because years ago they didn't have any way of knowing in an instant like we do. I know it is a bother sometimes but a little pick here and there during the day i know i am safe knowing my numbers and what i need for insullin. Hang in there you will get used to it and make sure to rotate fingers and hands. Good luck.

leogd 2011-01-09 06:35:03 -0600 Report

I also test on the side and my lancing device is set to 3 works well and alot less pain i have a lifestyle light machine

GabbyPA 2011-01-09 00:17:34 -0600 Report

I hate it on the tips of my fingers. I type with all my fingers, (no hunt and pecking here) so I test on the sides of my fingers and that helps a lot. It hurts less when I do it and it doesn't interfere with my daily activities.

Change that lancet. I don't change it each time, (I know I should, but I'm being honest here) but I do change it more often. A new lancet always feels better than one I have been using for the week.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 04:01:38 -0600 Report

Same here Gabby I test my sugar on the side of my fingers for the same reason as you I type using all my fingers but to me it still hurts alot.

PetiePal 2011-01-08 17:08:42 -0600 Report

Ok so here's the deal lol. I don't *mind* needles..I've gotten plenty of shots in my life, blood taken etc. But for some reason I freaked out a little bit last summer when I first started testing. I started before my first endo meeting and my diagnosis. I had gotten a blood test last May and the results in June that was at 11.3 A1c. My father is a type 2 so he gave me one of the many spare OneTouch meters he had. I got really nervous before I did it the first time. I literally sat there for about 15 minutes trying to get the nerve up to do it. And hurt. A lot lol.

This went on for about half a month…sit down…spend about 5-10 minutes prepping mentally for the lance. I'd put the lancer up to my finger, cock it…and then put it down lol. I started to realize that it was on the level "8" and that I could get plenty of blood out of 5. That punctured less deep and hurt less. Now I use a 3…my father must have really tough fingers lol bc that's really all I've still needed. I also was ALL over the Lifescan DELICA's a smaller needle (higher gauge I think?) and the design is less unstable so the prick is quicker and more precise. I love it and taking blood now is no problem.

PetiePal 2011-01-08 17:09:15 -0600 Report

Oh i should mention in the beginning too the pokes, ESPECIALLY at the 5-8 setting would leave like bruises on my finger tips! Now it's not so bad with the new Delica needles. Much much better.

Pynetree 2011-01-08 10:43:16 -0600 Report

When 1st diognosed I really HATED these pokes. Now it is not so bad, however I basicly am only testing once a day…early a.m. If I'm sick,or feel High or low then I test more often, Sometimes I test at night. When 1st diognosed I was testing multiple times a day. Rotating finger edges. I am without feeling in the middle of my left hand(from an accident) so I tend to test there most of the time.LOL! But, I am using the new Delica by OneTouch. Smaller device, less motion, ultra-thin lancette. And it really is pretty painless.
I used to use a new lancette every test. But in the last month, I haven't been changing it ever time. And, am coming to realize a lot of you don't change it every test…am I right?

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 04:05:16 -0600 Report

Pynetree I use a new one all the time and I have to poke myself 4 times a day and if my sugar is too high I have to keep poking myself till its normal.

jayabee52 2011-01-08 14:53:56 -0600 Report

You're right, it seems most of us don't. About the only time I change a lancet point is if it somehow got dirty (or I think it did) or the lancet got dull or deformed.

teststrips 2011-01-08 07:28:25 -0600 Report

I talk to many people who start to test less and less because of this. I guess they will have to come out with a better method.

bobec4 2011-01-08 06:38:14 -0600 Report

The hard part about finger testing for me is that I work with my hands, therefore my fingers are very calloused. Sometimes I have to set the device to its maximum setting then milk the heck out of my finger to get any kind of production. Most of the time I test on my arms or thighs, I know the readings aren't as accurate but sometimes I just don't have the patience for finger testing.

FlowerCrazyNana 2011-01-08 10:44:09 -0600 Report

If you wash your hands with warm water for several minutes before sticking your finger it helps eliminate having to "milk" your fingers. Give it a try and let me know how much it helps.


re1ndeer 2011-01-07 19:19:35 -0600 Report

I do this several times a day, and after a while I don't feel my fingers any more.
I do "Milk" my fingers which helps the blood come out more, so I don't have to dial my lancet very far to get blood.

jayabee52 2011-01-07 14:47:41 -0600 Report

Yep, I've been called one as a teen in High school! LOL!

Actually like KD, I don't mind, most of the time as the feeling in my fingers is diministhed. There are sometimes painful sticks, but that often indicates the need to change the lancet in the pen.

I not only had to poke my finger, but also Jem's finger due to her blindness. She seemed to be stingy with her blood. and was concerned that her reading fingers (for Braille) not be painful. We had tried to use her arms, but had more problems getting blood from her arms than her fingers, so after a brief trial, we went back to using her fingers. We kept track of the fingers & thumbs we used and the places on the fingers. We used one side of the finger, then the other, and then in the middle, fleshy part of the fingers and thumbs. So we had 15 sites we could test. Like me she was rarely bothered with the poke. And she continued to enjoy reading her braille books even up to the day of her passing.

kdroberts 2011-01-07 13:39:17 -0600 Report

I don't mind it, 90% of the time I don't feel it, the remaining 10% it hurts sometimes but only for a few seconds. It's annoying to do but so are most things related to diabetes management.

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