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Old 09-29-2012, 02:34   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm having a bit of a debate with the nurse at my PCP's office. She wanted to take my sugar today and came at me with an alcohol swab for my finger. I said, 'Let me do this, I do it every day' so I went to the sink to wash up. She said, 'You can just use the hand sanitizer.' I told her in my diabetes education class (admittedly, a farce, since they told us that 200 is not "that bad" a number) I was taught that using alcohol or sanitizer would throw the real results off and to only use soap and water when I test. Nurse Ratchett says she was taught otherwise in med. assistant school.

Does anyone have an opinion on which way is best to prep your finger?

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Let me throw a wrench on your question, I usually don't. Lol. Unless I've been dealing with chemicals or grease I just take a reading. I'll use sanitizer afterwards sometimes.

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Everyone is correct. Certain soaps, handsanitizers, handlotions can cause false positive, false negatives. I bought some Dawn with oxy in it, it raised my readings by 15 pts. The only way to know is to do a reading at a time you can predict the out come.

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I just rinse good and rub dry with a terry towel. I don't wash with soap unless I know there's something on my hands like lotion or grease (although I wouldn't think grease would skew the reading).

From what I've read, regular use of alcohol will toughen the skin.

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Initially I used to wash with soap & water. Now I just use water. Works fine.

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Initially I used to wash with soap & water. Now I just use water. Works fine.
But that's just the thing - how do you really know it works fine? Maybe the number you're getting isn't your real number.

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I can predict my readings to +/- 2-3 points, just like MCS says and they are in a consistent range soap or no soap.

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Initially I used to wash with soap & water. Now I just use water. Works fine.
For the OP:

Also it is becoming more likely that any soap you find/use will have extra chemicals for scents or moisturizing, especially in liquid soaps. These can cause erroneous readings if not completely cleaned off. I find it easier to avoid the whole mess.

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But that's just the thing - how do you really know it works fine? Maybe the number you're getting isn't your real number.
If you're testing regularly & become aware what your usual levels are, then you'll recognize quickly when it is out of the ordinary. Meters are better for showing patterns & trends - we know their legal accuracy can vary 20% either way.

If you haven't been keeping a log, then do began that, and keep a food log as well, so you can spot the effects & patterns of what specific foods on your blood sugar. Nothing is gained by just up & randomly testing . . . you need to test for a purpose: get your fasting as soon as we waken for the day. Test right before you eat to get a baseline. Test one hour after your first bite to get the highest spike. Test two hours after your first bite to gauge your second phase response. Test at bedtime to get another baseline. And test any time you feel 'off' . . . weak, shaky, irritable, peculiar in any way. This way you'll learn what your levels normally are and if you get one that's outside of the usual pattern, then re-test.




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I use a baby wipe because my hands dry out if I wash them too often.

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