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Old 02-04-2012, 02:11   #1
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Just for fun, I tried testing by bg with hands that were freshly washed and dried, and then again after rubbing my finger across an apple slice. First reading: 82. Second reading: 247. I've been kind of lax about washing my hands with soap and water before testing, but no more.

Have y'all tried this before? I reckon y'all have and I'm just slow on the uptake. Wouldn't be the first time -- nor, I dare say, the last.

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I was told by the pharmacist who trained me to make sure my hands were clean and dry and that made sense, so I've just always done it.

One thing I have had to modify is how I dry mine. I have to slather sunscreen on every bit of exposed skin every morning before I go out for my walk, so I can't trust the hand towel in the bathroom to be free from contaminants. The same applies to my bath towel, which can have traces of bath gel and toothpaste on it (I use it to wipe my mouth after cleaning my teeth). So I use paper kitchen towel to wipe my hands after washing them for a test. It seems to work, because my test results don't give me any nasty surprises like the one you experienced in your trial.

 
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I didn't do that but I tried using a liquid hand sanitizer rather than washin with soap and water. I also tried using liquid and foam soaps instead of a bar soap. Eek is right. I saw over 150 point difference each time. After that no hand sanitizers or liquid soaps for me.

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I can not find the link at the moment but like you found out ,it is important to wash your hands but they found out that if you can't wash your hands....you would get the same results by drawing blood and wiping it off and testing the second drop. I do it that way even if I wash my hands.

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If I absolutely cannot wash with soap/water, I scrub with alcohol swabs. I think the only times I use bar soap is when we travel & must use the motel supplies, which is iffy at best, since they're apt to be perfumed, etc. Never tried foam soaps either, but unscented plain old pump soaps seem to work for me - just now I got up & tested before I booted up the computer here; pump soap/warm water & dried on a clean towel, and popped up 101 (5.6) as usual. But yeah - there are times if the clean towel isn't close by, so as Ann says, I grab a tissue or paper towel.




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Now I'm curious and want to go around testing everything: the soap at work, in my bathroom, in the kitchen, my hand lotion, the dish detergent, my hair conditioner. But since test strips are a buck apiece, um yeah, I think I won't.

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Now I'm curious and want to go around testing everything: the soap at work, in my bathroom, in the kitchen, my hand lotion, the dish detergent, my hair conditioner. But since test strips are a buck apiece, um yeah, I think I won't.
Shanny has touched on it and so have several others. Clean dry hands are essential to get a fair test. Any, even trivial, contamination from left over soap, detergent, cosmetic, food - i.e. anything will screw the result.

So, I wash with a plain soap, then rinse thoroughly in running water and dry using a paper towel or a tissue.

As you say, given the price of strips, taking a chance that, for instance, the second drop will be ok (@humhum) strikes me as risky. Of course, if there's no access to clean water.....

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I must be the "pig" in the group as I seldom wash before testing. Geez....maybe I realy don't have T2 afterall.

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Nice reminder of a meter essential, thanks.

First, I'm really wondering if as far as we know "all" contamination tend to raise the readings? This would seem helpful to know. (Having false highs might scare us, but false lows for seem more likely to be harmful. Type 2's)

Then, I had this thought - I have been just very careful to not touch "blood" ends (J&J) and can imagine that could be a real sneaky way to contaminate a number of them at a time. This would seem easy to do. Didn't read this anywhere, but just makes sense as the ends are obviously ready to wick up any liquid that gets near it. (I can imagine a kid..... , my wife had two diabetic kids in her 4th grade class of 16 last year that learned to use them.)


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