Of course, our online D-community's still having fun with Diabetes Blog Week, so Wil's mixing it up this time with a new take on his column in keeping with today's D-Blog Week prompt: diabetes snapshots.
It's a "photo novella" of diabetes advice, if you will, since pictures are supposed to tell 1,000 words. Enjoy!
Glenda, type 2 from Missouri, writes: I often see you write that it doesn't hurt to do a finger poke, but I find it very painful. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Can you help out?
Wil@Ask D'Mine answers: Yes, yes I can. Some pictures come to mind that I think might be helpful.
Don't wait until your lancing needle looks like this:
Change it each time with a fresh one:
Oh, and that clear top?
Use only the solid cap.
Those numbers are the depth gauges...
So, are you a baby or a Canadian Lumberjack, or somewhere in between?
Remember, this is how you should NOT hold a lancing device to your finger:
Oh, and please don't try it this way!
If you don't bleed right away, "milking your finger" isn't the best way to get more blood...
The "cow-milking effect" can not only mess with your blood sample, but it also makes your fingers more susceptible to pain.
So that's the answer to your question, Glenda.
I hope my photo-fun version helps you on the finger-poking front. There may not be a 100% "right" way to do it, but there are definitely some fingerstick No-Nos to keep in mind. And remember: make sure you celebrate all your finger-sticking or other diabetes victories, big or small, whenever you can!
Have your own Ask D'Mine questions in mind? Please ping us at AskDMine@diabetesmine.com.
This is not a medical advice column. We are PWDs freely and openly sharing the wisdom of our collected experiences — our been-there-done-that knowledge from the trenches. But we are not MDs, RNs, NPs, PAs, CDEs, or partridges in pear trees. Bottom line: we are only a small part of your total prescription. You still need the professional advice, treatment, and care of a licensed medical professional.