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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/14/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Being fairly new to the 'ole jab & dab, I sometimes have trouble getting a good drop of blood for testing. The other day, instead of holding my finger in mid air like I usually do, I rested it on a table & pressed the jabber on top of it. This prevented the natural urge to pull away. It produced a good drop of blood and seemed to hurt less too :-)

Maybe everyone knows this trick already but I thought I'd pass it on anyway.


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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 9/14/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
The best tip I can share is.... let your arm hang by your side so the blood can get to your fingertips. I realized early on that I was always holding my forearm up and essentially letting all the blood flow out of my fingertips, making it hard to squeeze a drop.

In the winter, I find running (washing) my hands under warm water, while holding my arms down (blood flow thing again :-) , often helped a lot.

I also have a lancet device that allows me to "dial up" how far the needle jabs out.

- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My tip is to save the rubber band that comes on broccoli and use it as a mini-tourniquet on the finger you will be poking. Backs up the blood in the veins for 20 seconds or so and gives you a good drop. I also learned early on that if you are serious about your numbers the arm testing is not so helpful.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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