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 people who have lived with diabetes for a long time have more boxes of lancets than you can count but rarely change them. 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, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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