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   Posted 11/9/2006 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a question that is probably stupid.  I think I was told that the thumb isn't as good a site as the other fingers for testing.  Am I remembering that right? And how about the pinky?  I mean, there's not a lot of surface there.  I know it's trivial, just curious, mostly. Thanks.
Take care. Lois

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   Posted 11/9/2006 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lois,
Well the thumb isn't a good site as you use it constantly and it has more nerves aka sensitivity than the other fingers.  Otherwise, yes you can draw blood from it.  As for the little finger, I use that site all the time as it has the least sensitivity for me.  Remember when testing to use the SIDES of your fingers, not the ends or the pads.  Again, this is simply because there aren't as many nerve endings here and it won't hurt as bad.  if you use the new BD Ultrafine III (33G) lancets, you probably won't feel a thing as they are sooooooooo tiny!!!
But to get back to your question, you can use all your fingers anytime, its just that with your thumb constantly in use, its probably not a good place to put a hole!!!
scool  Warren

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   Posted 11/9/2006 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I use my thumbs all the time and I type for a living :-) - It's always easy to get a good sample from them. I use my pinkies too. I also read that you can use the base of your thumb but I haven't tried that yet. Warren's right on the side of the finger advice though. NO one told me that when I was first dx and I was wearing bandaids on all of my finger pads until a pharmacist set me straight! YIKES- sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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   Posted 11/9/2006 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! I did know about using the sides, thank goodness. The diabetic consultant I saw was a huge help. The directions for my meter say I can use other sites, but I'm not sure the results are as accurate, and ten fingers are enough to alternate (or even eight.)
Take care. Lois

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