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Old 05-02-2012, 05:03   #1
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Just had a blood test last week and found out. Diet I can control because I've very strong willed that way but of all the things to get, I'm phobic to needles. In fact, the only way I got tested was by a MD friend of mine who gave me meds and special treatment. I'm not worried about pain but truly PHOBIC, irrational fear. Scared of the future with daily needles. I read about a watch type device that doesn't stick you and on TV a stick free device. Please help if you know anything about this.

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My understanding is that because it wasn't very accurate, the watch is no longer being sold, but it wouldn't have saved you from pricks because it had to be calibrated with a prick and would only work for 12 hours, then had to be calibrated again. Also, it was not used alone, but in addition to conventional tests.

I have a feeling the other devices would be the same, not very accurate and have to be used in addition to conventional prick tests.

I believe you have the idea that we test with a needle such as the professionals use to draw blood or give an injection. Not so. We place a plastic tube against our finger, press a button, and we don't even see it happen when a very short needle pops out. The needle is only long enough to go through the layers of skin to draw a single drop of blood. If your doc didn't prescribe a meter for you, I suggest you buy one at Walmart and give it a try. It's a minor prick, like pricking your finger on a thorn.

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I understand your phobia; I've a lifetime of stories about me and needles. When the CDE gave me the Accu-chek Multiclix lancet to hold, I broke out in a sweat. Saying 'it doesn't hurt' doesn't help. I have chronic pain, it's not the pain, it's the psychology of any sharp metal piercing my skin. I get it. The only time I've fainted was when a needle came near me (once I even fainted holding a neighbor's dog as the vet gave him a rabies shot from behind, even though I had turned my back ...)

I investigated the no-prick options, and there are none. But - what I can tell you is that the multiclix is the best there is for phobics. There's a drum that goes inside and you never see the needle. It's a fast, spring-loaded thing that's over in a micro-second, and not at all like being pricked by a doctor. The needles are so tiny and when you use a new one each time, you can barely tell anything has happened. There are 6 in each drum, and you don't see them, ever. You load the drum, not the needles. And then the end goes flush to the side of your finger, you press a button and it's done. The first time I thought it hadn't worked because I felt =nothing=

I realize there isn't much I can say to reassure you. Phobias are seriously terrifying. I'm not over it even partially when it comes to blood tests or shots - usually they resort to having me lie down - but I'm now fine with my Multiclix. It's completely different.

I know - diabetes is our worst nightmare. And you won't believe me, but it really is going to be okay. Honest.

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Good advice, moon. My husband uses the multiclix and swears by it. Now that you mention it, part of the reason he likes it so well might be the fact that he doesn't have to see any needles. When he was 5, the doc was going to give him a shot so he bolted out of the room and his mom had to chase him down the street.

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Just had a blood test last week and found out. Diet I can control because I've very strong willed that way but of all the things to get, I'm phobic to needles. In fact, the only way I got tested was by a MD friend of mine who gave me meds and special treatment. I'm not worried about pain but truly PHOBIC, irrational fear. Scared of the future with daily needles. I read about a watch type device that doesn't stick you and on TV a stick free device. Please help if you know anything about this.
Hello bill and welcome to the club.

Like you I hate needles but the good news is that everything the others have said about the multiclik device is true. You don't feel as though you're using a needle, so when you test - as you need to to manage your blood glucose it doesn't feel like an injection.

In the event you do end up using insulin (as I did for a few weeks after my diagnosis), you can get a pen injector. Yes, it does use a needle but the needle is so tiny and fine that you don't really feel it going in.

A useful place to explore particularly in respect of diet management for us is Blood Sugar 101 Jenny Ruhl, the author is diabetic and covers a lot of ground in a nice simple style that makes sense even to idiot Scotsmen like me! It's well worth a look.

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My husband has a needle phobia, too. He is also diabetic. No matter how many times I tell him testing your bgs doesn't hurt, he won't let me do it. Personally I think not testing is like driving with a blindfold. But I cannot convince him. Can you tell us a little about your bg numbers? It is possible for some to control diabetes with Low Carb Diet for some but not a lot of us. I am not crazy about the prospect of using insulin at some point, but if I have to I will do it. I prefer to live a long , healthy life. I test my bg 2-3 times most days even though I am pretty much in control. Use the sides of your finger and get a good lancer. The things you see on TV are basically false advertising. They say you don't have to prick your fingers, but you have to still prick somewhere else , like your arms. All meters come with a clear cap that can be used on any part of the body. Actually I think your fingers are the easiest. The watch was a big failure and was taken off the market. It was inaccurate and the sensors had to be replaced every few days so it was very expensive. Even the CMGS systems they have still need to be callibrated with finger sticks. I think this is something you need to come to terms with. You will be diabetic for life.

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Thanks to everyone! Moon gets it. It's not the pain and I too broke into a sweat. I already got the meter from my dr and the needle is the smallest I've ever seen. Doesn't matter. To me it's stupid but still I can't shake it. I will try the recommendation. While I'm still learning my magic number was 129. I'm not a big guy at 5'9" and 170lbs but I just also learned my dad, his brother(only sibling), and father were type2 also. I've been reading this forum for 2 days and think its great. Still extremely nervous but know someday it will be ok. Thanks so much

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129 sounds like a good one to me...it means with strict carb control you may well find you are going to get control well enough to be able to get along with diet alone or perhaps some metformin for some help. Do read BS101 and perhaps learn to count carbs in your diet and you will be just fine!

Good luck...you will find the testing is easier as you go along. But, it's critical to controlling your glucose.




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When he was 5, the doc was going to give him a shot so he bolted out of the room and his mom had to chase him down the street.
Heh - I can relate. I went to boarding/prep school in the 60's, and every year they gave us boarders a flu shot. They announced we needed to congregate at the gym for flu shots. What? I tried to talk to the Headmistress to tell her my parents knew my terror and would never agree I had to have one, but she wasn't available. So I showed up... they lined us up in a hallway and started calling us alphabetically. When they called the student that was 2 ahead of me, I couldn't take it any longer and bolted. I ran behind a building on campus where they couldn't find me and waited until it would be too late to force me.

Well - I got my 1-on-1 with the Headmistress, this time at her request! She said my parents had signed the consent paper; I insisted there must be a mistake and asked to call them. So we called, my parents confirmed the phobia and said I didn't have to have it. They never signed that paper again!

Your husb was 5; I was bloody 16

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Oh the stories I could and tell. Lol

From having seizures from passin out (twice BTW, once in basic lol) to still having to lie down for blood draws.

Sad thing is, now that use insulin and MDI, it hasn't really gotten that much better. I still have days where I have to lie down for each injection or have to have BH do them for me. But at least I am able to do the injections myself. That took some work! Lol

Don't worry about the finger pricks. They're annoying and only hurt when you catch it JUST right. I'd rather do a finger stick than get a paper cut any day. Lol

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