I got my first blood tester(Ames Glucometer) 30 yrs ago. I was excited since my hubby and I sometimes disagreed on the Chemstrip results. Plus I got it free from answering a newspaper ad.
I just had to try it and answer a few questions, then I owned it. They cost $250. back then.
It was suggested that I use the sides of my fingers but I eventually ended poking all of my fingers
where ever I could find a spot on each of them, even near my first knuckles. It has been 30 years after all. I use the second drop of blood if I can get one, not the first. I prefer my thumbs and pinkies. Lots of blood unless my hands are cold. I have had secondary Raynauds also for about
30 years. In the beginning I was testing 4 times a day, then years later 6 times a day. Now I test 8 - 10 a day, I'm guessing for about
6 or 7 years. All the fingers are the same accuracy-wise but the arms and palms are not near as accurate.
I'm not sure what scabs you are talking about
but I do get small areas of dried skin from poking which sometimes catches on certain materials especially microfibre. I file the skin off with a clean nail file every few nights and put vaseline on them overnight to keep them feeling normal. I also use warm bean bags, holding them under warm water, rubbng them quickly, letting them hang down for a while as mentioned or holding them over a heat source for better blood flow. I did have one callous on my thumb, so I stopped using that spot and kept filing and using vaseline until it disappeared.
I don't recommend using your finger pads(as I have) since in my experience, my fingerprints are wrecked(okay great if you're a criminal :) ) plus the grips on my fingers are pretty well gone, so it's hard to hang on to things as easily. Mind you I've tested a lot, as mentioned. I'm still waiting for that
non-invasive testing system.......or a cure. :)
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff
Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC
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