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Old 02-28-2013, 03:08   #11
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I presume your lancing device has an adjustment for depth. No one has mentioned it but you might need to adjust to a deeper stick when trying to draw blood from the right hand. I have some difficulty drawing from my right hand middle finger, but I too have the least difficulty with the ring and pinky fingers of either hand.


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I am a strict lefty, and I am able to get blood out of either my left or right fingers. Don't understand why. I also go on the side of the fingers rather than towards the middle because it hurts less, and I seem to get a much better amount of blood that way.
Hmm. I see a trend here. I'm also a lefty and can draw blood from either hand. I also use the sides of the fingers and not the pads - one thing my nondiabetic teacher in my introductory class got right! That being said, my ring fingers and pinky fingers are the best donors.

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I don't know if anyone else has this problem but, why is it that I can get blood easily from my left fingers, but hardly at all from my right fingers?
I always have to prick my left fingers to get blood for my meter.
On my right fingers, I can prick several fingers and not get anything. My poor left fingers need a break.
Does this happen to anyone?
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Yes it happened to me. It was because I had poor circulation in my hands. In fact the middle finger on my right hand was numb at the tip. That is how I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was searching for a reason my finger tip was numb. After my diagnosis and a while on low carb I figured it must be poor circulation. I researched which vitamins had to do with veins and circulation.

I started taking 1000mg of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin E daily. Both are antioxidants and help the veins. I also added a low dose aspirin to thin the blood a bit. After 2 months the numbness is mostly gone.

I started taking my readings by pricking the finger tip instead of the side of my finger though I still don't use my right hand. I set the lancet on a 2. It doesn't go as deep but it gets blood easier. I figured it was less painful than sticking myself several times on the side. I also "milk" my finger from the base to the prick site. This moves the blood up from the bottom of your finger to the tip. All meters are not the same. Some meters require more blood. I have a freesytle Freedom lite meter and it requires very little blood

I hope this helps you. It is what worked for me.

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I thought the missing words (...) were going to be "from a turnip"!

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Guilty I am one on those that change mine once a week. But even a new fresh sharp one doesn't seem to help much. I wonder if I have a warm/warmhot cup of water to stick my finger in right before I stick if that would help? I think I will give that a go and see if that helps.
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Washing my hands in hot water helps - just be sure to dry very well, or get the strip out beforehand. I destroyed a whole container of strips by getting one out when my hand apparently was still damp even though I had dried.

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I thought the missing words (...) were going to be "from a turnip"!
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Yep, I probably could get more blood from a turnip than my right hand.

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The only digit I use for pricking is my left thumb. It takes all the abuse and gives up a bead of blood abundantly & painlessly. That's because it got sliced open many years ago & required nine sutures to close. It remains numb to this day, and has a lengthy scar across the side of it besides. Even if I puncture through the scar, it delivers, so I don't even bother trying other digits anymore - this one is the easiest to reach sticking out there like the proverbial 'sore' thumb - except that it never gets sore.




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