A couple things about the lancet devices. They are VERY VERY different than the ones used in the Dr.'s offices. They looke like pens and have an adjustable depth control. You push a button and the lancet comes out the end for a fraction of a second and then disappears back into the penlet device. I use my penlet on the shallowest or second to shallowest setting and it is a very tiny stick. The other thing is, do not test on the ends of your fingers. This is where all the nerves are concentrated. Test on the sides of your fingers as you will still get a good drop of blood but without invoking nearly the sensitivity as a fingertip stick. Dr's finger sticks have improved vastly over the last couple of years, but the nurses are still pretty agressive as they want to get a good drop of blood the FIRST time without having to squeeze your finger so they really stick you. I just find the penlet device takes the guess work and reticence out of the finger stick for me. One button push and VOILA, its over and done with and I hardly feel it at all.
My fingers have never hurt because of finger pricks. Never. And I've used a wide variety of lancets without an automated trigger device since home glucose monitoring using blood first became available. I don't have any marks or bruises on my fingertips either, so the site is immaterial. For me, lancet delivery devices are a waste of money. As I mentioned though, I'm interested in trying those BD lancets you found. I re-use mine (endos and PCP say it's fine to do so -- only the manufacturers recommend against it for obvious reasons) so the thinner and sharper, the better! Thanks for the info.
Post Edited (steven k) : 4/8/2006 3:13:21 AM (GMT-6)