Blood sample size... Does it make a difference?

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
This morning I got up to take my morning reading, and with my first finger stick I only got a VERY tiny drop of blood. I figured I would see if it worked, and the meter gave me a really high reading.. the highest I've had, 142. I was worrying... what could I have eaten that messed up my readings? I decided to retake it right away, and did another stick on another finger and got a bigger drop this time, and my reading was only 117. I keep wondering how can it be that big of a difference two minutes apart?????? Can the blood sample size being too small cause the reading to be wrong? Now I'm worrying which one is the most correct, or if something is wrong with my meter????????????? Help confused

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gelchick
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   

There are several threads in the catacombs here about the size of blood drops and funky results. I'm sorry I don't have the time to hunt them out for you right now. 

I have seen the same thing happen when I have used a skimpy drop to test. Some days my fingers just do not want to give me blood despite soaking them in warm water, shaking my hands down or making a turniquet with a rubber band. After stabbing myself 5 or 6 times- I get to the point where I cannot force myself to do it one more time- so I just live with the nasty high reading. I always test after breakfast on those days just to be sure that nothing is amiss.  I circle them on the chart for my doctor and drop them from my weekly average.

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/22/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply Sandy,

I was REALLY worried! Glad to hear it was my skimpy sample and that I'm not in big trouble!!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/22/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
A word to the wise... The very first thing you should do upon awakening... before you go to the bathroom or anything, is drink a large glass of water. Your kidneys will thank you and so will your fingertips. Bumble around in the kitchen making coffee and putting out your vitamin or what ever, drink another glass of water and then take your blood sugar. Works for me!

I was part of a university study for diabetics and we had an iv put in place each week for blood draws. The nurses could always tell when we were dehydrated and/or our sugars were high. You could actually see that the blood was thicker in the tubing... Makes me want to drink water all day long.
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