Testing too often?

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I’m sorry – I lost this picture. Imagine my finger with a drop of blood.

This would be normal…if it was where I poked myself! I actually poked the LEFT side of that finger, and as you can see I got a sample from a previous test on the right side.

Another time that this happened my finger actually bled from both places! I didn’t have a camera then, or you’d be looking at that picture instead.

Another fun thing is when you get the “sprayer” – that’s when you’re squeezing and squeezing, and nothing happens, until you notice the spray of blood all over the place (the squirt is such a fine stream that you can’t see if coming out of your finger!).

On that note – how often do people really change their lancets? Many long time diabetics have more boxes of lancets than you can count, but rarely change them. I know myself, I usually don’t change my lancet until it is so dull that it feels like I’m driving a large nail into my finger AND it doesn’t produce any blood.

I don’t know why I never change it – I guess I never think about it until it inconveniences me during testing.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…