I have diabetes type 2 and must test myself 2 times a day to monitor my blood sugar. its been going well for the last 8-9 months since i have been doing it. The last few days whenever i use the stick pen to get blood my blood comes out with a lot of pressure and when it does it spreads out all over my finger and wont bubble up. i cant get a sample like this as it spreads so thin that the strip wont pick up the blood sample. i have tried hydration because they have had problems drawing blood before and the tech said that was probably the culprit. sorry to bother the d.c. crew about this but like i always say i have to go to a free clinic ( actually county ran but we pay our co pays) and you can never get an appointment unless you can wait for months or go to an ambulatory care clinic and the co pay is 25 dollars which doesnt sound like alot for a lot of people but it is for me. any advice on how to get that blood coming out right? god bless you all and the best of health... john
Hi John. Interesting problem. That was happening when i was in the hospital. They use a thicker lance and it is set too deep. Be sure you have the shallowest setting and only prick the side of the finger, not the pad. Be careful not to get too close to the nail as it hurts. You can also try the belly if that works. Again, shallow setting that gets results.
We do change from time to time. The insert that comes with the lance have some good ideas. Keep hydrated. In the summer we sweat a lot and need more water than we think. Be sure it is water and nothing sweet or caffeinated as your main liquid. Both of those remove water from the body. Let me know what happens. :-) Karen
I also have diabetes 2... I had I had the pen to but it wasn't working right forget why... so someone suggested to me to bet the lancets needle and twist off the top to expose the needle and just prick your finger with that... it works like a charm for me till I find something else I am looking into... anyway, that's how I do it, not telling u to do it that way, but it might be worth a shot being u can't see a doctor due to money issues etc..and would be sad to spend $25 if u tried my method and it worked..the person that told me this way a Lpn..they said it's the same thing only not using the pen etc... so it's your call/choice..but it does work, like I said I just twist off the round white part to expose needle and then prick myself put the strip in my meter and it works well... always expose of your needles in proper manner, I am sure u already no this... good luck and let me no if u try and if it helps..
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