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Old 09-28-2018, 15:17   #21
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Originally Posted by div2live View Post
Stick the side of the finger
That would be the side of the finger near the edge of the nail. Yes, if you hit it right, it's painless.

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Old 09-28-2018, 15:36   #22
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Hi div2live!! Yeah, you're so very correct when it comes to hand washing/don't use alcohol swabs *I learned that the hard way and proper way of sticking your finger plus (changing fingers) as you said.......WHAT THE DOCS & DIABETIC COUNSELORS* fail to teach! Also regarding lancets, I only change when needed too. GUESS WHAT, MY blood sugars haven't been over 140 in days now, since the change of diets, I've cut out breads, pastas even brown rices & drinking more water to help flush. As stated, yeah, my body is going through the process of something new & wondering....WHAT DUH HECK?!! but slowly leveling......AND I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!!! I've always had the habit of checking my levels frequently *especially* when I feel a little something *safeguard*. Now off to the grocery store to pick up a few things. Saw a low carb casserole to try out {eat a little and freeze the rest}!!!!! Have a fantastic day....IT'S ME BUT A NEW ME!!

Originally Posted by div2live View Post are walking down the road most all of us have followed to get "Control" of our diabetes. Continue to learn and adjust as you learn new information, you will be rewarded.

Another thing our Doctors and Diabetic Counselors frequently leave out is how to properly stick your finger for a blood sample. Of course washing with warm soapy water and drying well is important to avoid sore fingers and misreading of blood sugars. Never use alcohol/ swabs to clean the area, as repeated alcohol on skin, toughens the skin, making it more difficult to get blood samples. Finally, and most important, DO NOT STICK THE TIP OF THE FINGER = YOUCH! VERY PAINFUL...Stick the side of the finger using the shallowest depth setting on your lancet device that draws an adequate sample for testing. I am a 68 year old male, been doing this for over 13 years. I have rather large fat fingers....and I still use a #1 setting on my lancet devices, it is painless! Also, no need to change lancets after each stick, I only change when I feel the stick is getting painful due to a dull lancet.

I hope you all ready knew all of this, but many times our newbies are not properly trained on this....Good Luck

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