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Lancet technique

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by copilost, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Some (much) guidance required.
    I cannot get this lancet thingy sorted. I'm using an accu-chek fastclix (stupid spelling) if I go low on setting e.g. 2 or 3 I don't get a nice drop of blood (for Dracula my meter), if I go to 4 or 5 I get bruises on my fingers. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks
    CoP
     
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  2. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I don’t use this type of lancet myself but I think @Bluetit1802 does.
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Copilost - I use that device.

    When you use your lancing device do you just place it on the skin, or do your hold it firmly to the skin?

    The only times I've had bruises, I have been holding the device too firmly on my finger. If I hold the lancing device, just touching my finger, it seems the sharp can do it's business and get out of the way fast, without hurting or bruising.
     
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  4. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    ah yes that would be me :) so, relax and back off, always good advice. thank you
     
  5. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    The sharp obviously bobs out to puncture the skin. If you hold it firmly, you're already compressing it, so it'll go deeper.

    It you test lots and lots, you can end up feeling a bit pin cushionish, but you shouldn't from day to day stuff.

    Fingers crossed for you.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Washing your hands in hot water helps a lot. When I pricked my finger after a bath I got way too much blood using my normal setting.
     
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  7. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Pressing on the puncture site for a minute or two after the prick may stop bruising too
     
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  8. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    thanks all, lots of excellent advice, I'll let you know how I get on.....tomorrow :)
     
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  9. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I use a fastclix at the 3.5 setting, all you have to do is rest it against the finger and press the button. There is no need to press it against the skin firmly to get a sample of blood.

    In the 5½ years using both a multiclix and a fastclix I have never had any bruising on my fingers / thumbs
     
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  10. Gaffer type 1

    Gaffer type 1 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    Plus the more u use your fingers for pricking the skin seems to get a bit tougher.
    My thumbs are useless don't get much blood out of them and my. Pinky that is very sensitive.. So I really only have six fingers left lol
     
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    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes it can be if your hands are hot or cold, blood out of a stone is me with cold hands. I use a different lancet, but it has settings 1-8 for how much it stabs. I find I have some fingers that 2 does the job but doesn’t hurt, some fingers I have to use 3 to get the blood, and 5 for my thumbs. Also when I started it was a bit hit and miss as I subconsciously pulled my finger away from the lancet as I pressed the button, I found resting my hand/finger on a solid surface such as a table helped with this.
     
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  12. NaijaChick

    NaijaChick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It might be best to get the Genteel. It’s £99 but if you go to DiabeticSupplies website then you can do 10 payments of £10/£11. A life time of testing, you might as well do it in comfort.
     
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    Energize Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @copilost for starting this thread with your very useful question

    I've read some good tips in this thread ;)
     
  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    The thing to remember about lancing devices is that they are not staplers or nail guns. There is no need to press firmly, just a light touch agaist the finger etc. is all that is needed.
     
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    Route 66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had trouble getting out enough blood to test sometimes, particularly first test in the morning. Sometimes nothing. Dr suggested first holding the finger firmly for a minute or so and then use the lancet which seems to do the trick and gets the red stuff moving for a test.
     
  16. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone, all good advice. I was washing my hands in cold water :banghead:
    The don't press like your demanding blood with menaces was really good.
    Used on my little finger worked like a dream but hadn't reset for "finger type" so a little bruising (but then I bruise if the corner of a table looks at me too hard!)
     
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    miahara Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Holding your hand below the level of your heart while massaging and pricking helps increase blood flow.
     
  18. Winnie53

    Winnie53 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In the book, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, I learned to test the sides of the finger pad, not the pad.

    From there I developed my own technique to minimize punctures because I sometimes test 10 times a day.

    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I test on my left hand. On Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays, I test on my right hand. I remember which hand to test, by remembering that I use the "right" hand to start and end the week." In the beginning I also had a card in my test kit that I'd flip each day. On one side I'd written, "right", on the other "left". (On Sunday's, I didn't flip the card.)

    At the beginning of the day, I test on the outside of the pinky finger upon awakening, then the inside of the pinky finger before breakfast, again on the side of pinky finger's pad. From their I continue on to the ring finger and continue working my way toward the thumb.

    One friend had a lot of difficulty getting enough blood from her fingers first thing in the morning despite washing her hands first with warm water, which almost always works for me.

    Her solution? After trying all our suggestions, she discovered that if she wrapped her hand around her morning mug of coffee or tea for 5 minutes, she could test and get adequate blood for the meter. Problem solved. :)
     
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    I share your pain. Unfortunately only 5 works for me. If I try the lower ones I end up having to try over and over. So I have resorted to using 5 and am just waiting for that sharp pain. My tips are sore because am a newbie and am trying to guage my triggers so I test often.
     
  20. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I found following DCUK's advice to only place against the skin gently, rather than push against the skin, meant I could drop down a level or two. Also warm hands.
    Good luck :)
     
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