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Any finger stabbers out there?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Picci, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Picci

    Picci Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity, is there anybody else who is not bothered by pain and just 'stabs' their finger with a lancet, without using one of those (in my opinion barbaric,) finger prickers?

    I like to be in control of lancing my finger. They didn't exist in 1979 when I was diagnosed age 10, and I have always shuddered at the thought of using one.:stop:, and I can guarantee I will NEVER be converted!:)
     
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  2. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I prefer to use a lancing device such as my Accu-Chek Fastclix, than stabbing myself with a nail.
     
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  3. Picci

    Picci Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Good for you @Tipetoo, but I cannot think of anything worse!! Good job we're all different;)
     
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    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Haven't known anything different myself. I too use the Fastclix and I find the depth variation great and now know which number for which fingers/thumbs!
     
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  6. Picci

    Picci Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No, I much prefer the old fashioned self stabbing strategy, I have never known anything else! @db89 :)
     
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  7. Picci

    Picci Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to stab myself with a lancet and often it really really hurt. Much prefer the device that clips on the side of my accu-chek mobile!
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to hate those lancets, you'd rest your finger on a table and whack it, and just the memory makes me cringe :p

    Newly diagnosed in '84 I remember lancets being the most hated part of diabetes, I hated them with a passion and certainly wouldn't test 10x a day if that was all that was available.

    I'll come back with an edit, it wasn't the pain that made me pull a face, but the 'whacking' action, I slept at my mums last night as she's ill (91yr old :) ) and am sat at the same kitchen table I first ate at as a T1 reminiscing. There's even a few U100 syringes and a blue lancet in a cupboard :p
     
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    #9 kev-w, Mar 4, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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  10. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I'm a stabber, not because I'm frightened by fingerpricking devices but because it's another gadget that I would have to carry with me, and lancets are much less bulky than fingerpricking gadgets... Plus, I also don't have to worry about running out of lancets as I just buy a pack of whatever the pharmacy has to hand, which last me for months and months and months....
     
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  11. Picci

    Picci Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yay! Someone like me! I thought I was the only one in the world. For me @EllieM it is the fact I am in control of it. I have little blue lancets stashed all over the place, just in case! :happy:
     
  12. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'm a stabby person. I just want to get it over with rather than fiddling with a thing I couldn't figure out at first. It makes me nervous, for some reason. It's more trouble than it's worth, to mee. And I don't mind a little pain.
     
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  13. Bertyboy

    Bertyboy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I may contemplate this. Both of the finger prickers I have vary wildly in depth for a given setting. Only today, I tested myself at my desk (got my SD Codefree on me today as my prescription Glucomen strips have not turned up at the pharmacy because of snow!) and it went a bit deep. When I squeezed to get my blob, I erupted in a jet and left a line of red splatters over my shoulder and across mine and my (mortified) colleague's desk.
     
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  14. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi,

    Yeah, I had no problem breaking the protector seal off the old single lancet & using a manual action to draw blood.

    Though, I find the fast clix 6 unit change drum in the pricker device pretty good these days.!

    You do what you gotta do to draw blood at the end of the day... :)
     
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    phdiabetic Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Another fast clix fan here! I like having the barrel of 6, and I like being able to stab manually. I had another accuchek stabber when I first started (multiclix I think) which had you push a button, then it stabbed you. I much prefer doing it all myself, not only is it less painful but I can draw blood better.
     
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    Redvee Type 1 · Member

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    I used to stab but now use a finger pricker. When I first had a finger pricker I was sat there for 2-3 minutes trying to press the release button but not doing it cause of the pain I'd inflict so went with the manual stab option but now I use a pricker on the lowest setting despite working in a warehouse and using my hands all day.
     
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