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Old 09-28-2016, 19:27   #1
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If one wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to quickly take their blood sugar reading how far off will the reading be if one doesn't wash their hands? My reason for asking this is I read that once the body begins to wake the liver begins pouring glucose into the blood stream. I have to take a snack if my blood sugar is less than 180 at bedtime for it drops during while sleeping. Early this morning (4am) I had a pain in both feet that woke me up. This time I let it pass, but other times I get up go to the kitchen, wash my hands, dry off my hands, and take my blood sugar. So this takes close to 10-15 minutes to complete the reading. Does anyone know if there will be a huge difference in the reading if I lay my monitor on the nightstand, take my reading, before the liver begin pouring glucose into my system?
My blood sugar was 150 at bedtime. I had my snack (small handful of pepita seeds, 2 tsp cottage cheese, and two small gulps of milk). I didn't take my blood sugar at 4am when I had the pain. My blood sugar at 6:30am was 196. I am told this is dawn phenomena. So can I take my reading faster without getting out of bed?

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Buy a box of alcohol wipes.

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My blood sugar at 6:30am was 196. I am told this is dawn phenomena.
A small part of that is dawn phenomena. The rest you need to get under control.

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Thanks Bounty. I was going to use the alcohol wipes, but was told they dry out ones fingers. I am presently checking five times a day.

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Thanks Bounty. I was going to use the alcohol wipes, but was told they dry out ones fingers. I am presently checking five times a day.
That's an old wives tale. Try this. Get a mirror and a magnifying glass and an alcohol wipe. Wipe your finger (the fingerprint part), let it dry and wait about a minute. Now press your finger against the mirror. Look at it with the magnifying glass. See the fingerprint? Those are natural oils that your finger puts out whether you like it or not.

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When you use the wipes how long before you stick yourself?

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Just drop your arm and swing it back and forth. Where you wiped will feel cooler than the rest of your hand. When it stops doing that...you're good to go. Doing this will also pool up more blood in the capillaries.

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As an addendum here: Alcohol wipes are handy...but can get expensive if you use a lot of them. Myself, I use toilet paper that's made from recycled paper (doesn't have any added extras the fancy paper has) and a bottle of 91% isopropyl alcohol.

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That is one great idea. Thanks a million. Nothing like saving $$. Sam

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I haven't read through all of the replies but I will say this. You don't know where your hands have been or what they were doing while you were sleeping so you should absolutely wash your hands before testing so as not to introduce any germs/bacteria, etc. into your body lest you get an infection.

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Oh, boy, two years ago our son got MRSA and we almost lost him. He nicked himself shaving. I now use an electric shaver. In fact, I have two.

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