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Old 11-26-2013, 19:45   #11
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If you feel the need to use an alcohol swab, be sure to let it dry completely before lancing. Same with just washing your hands - be sure to dry them completely. One other issue with alcohol is that it may toughen the skin & eventually make it harder to lance.




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Thanks Pink Tea. I'm a newbie. I thought squeezing the finger to get blood was part of the protocol. I can't get even one drop of blood without a squeeze. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I have the lancet set to the highest depth, i.e. "7".

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Thanks Pink Tea. I'm a newbie. I thought squeezing the finger to get blood was part of the protocol. I can't get even one drop of blood without a squeeze. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I have the lancet set to the highest depth, i.e. "7".
Do you wash your hands with warm or cold water? Warm water will obviously stimulate circulation better, may make it easier to get a blood sample

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Thanks, I'll try that. Are there any other tricks for getting a large blood drop?

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I have read that shaking the hands vigorously after washing can help bring the blood to the fingertips, but I've never tried this method myself. Or holding the hand down the side of the body.

Maybe even try massaging the finger to be tested before. Should increase the blood flow a little.

If you are having a lot of trouble with getting a blood sample, it could be that the gauge of your lancets is not thick enough to penetrate the skin. On your lancet box there should be a gauge number. For example, I use 'Abbotts thin lancets' and they have a 28 gauge, which is fairly thick. The lower the gauge, the thicker the end of the lancet is. Keep in mind, I'm unsure if the lancet would hurt more at a thicker gauge, but if you do have quite thick skin, then it might not.


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I have best luck pricking the side of my fingers away from my thumbs, not so far around that you have to be a contortionist to reach it. I almost always see a teeny tiny drop on that side, but always have to lightly squeeze to get an adequate drop.

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are you testing before you eat, so you know where you started?
When I test a new food, I also test before I eat. That way I know about how many points that food raises my bg.

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