Have you seen the commercials about the older guy talking about a new meter that doesn’t require you to “prick your fingers?” You have to prick something!!
This is how you check blood sugar.
Grab your mini Trapper Keeper.
(I have this because I thought I may have been having a low blood sugar while at work and a nurse handed me this. It had been used once with another patient but their insurance wouldn’t cover that meter. And you can’t give a used meter to another patient.)
Unzip your case to find your tools.
You will find your lancet device, lancets, meter, strips, log book.
It’s important to set up before you start the quick procedure. Start by washing your hands. Anything on your hands can affect your reading. I grabbed tissue in case I was a bleeder!
With clean hands, replace old, used lancet with a new lancet.
Dispense the old lancet in a hard plastic container such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee container. Save this container to throw away future old lancets.
Gently twist off end of lancet.
Now you “cock” your lancet device.
This loads the lancet to spring back so it can jab you in the finger.
Now grab a strip and insert the “reading” side “face up” into the meter.
This will turn on the meter.
To get the blood flowing, you could have washed your hands in warm water or you can just hang your hand upside down for a minute.
Now press the lancing device to the side of your finger. Don’t put it on your finger pads.
Note: there are different levels to spring your lancet. If you have thin skin, you can set it on a low setting. You get a more gentle jab. The first time poking your finger may require a few different setting trials.
Now push zee button!!
You need a decent drop of blood. There needs to be enough to fill the tiny slit on the end of the strip. Like a straw, it sucks up the blood. If there’s not enough blood, you have to either squeeze your finger to coax out more blood or poke again. I’ve been told to not “milk” your finger though!
My blood sugar read 77. Normal even though it was longer than 2 hours after a meal.
Note that a low blood sugar is 70 and lower. Within 20 minutes of testing, my stomach started grumbling. Seems about right!
And finally one would right down the blood sugar in their log book to keep track of blood sugars (even though the meter will store many readings).
Easy as that. It’s something that is easier done than said.