Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hit the links.

With a little help from Kerri I was finally able to sit down and figure out links. Thanks Kerri!

I originally figured I'd put all kinds of links to diabetes and yoga stuff on my links list, but after checking out Elizabeth's excellent blog diabetes 24/7 and reading her post from December 14th about quality of life with diabetes, I decided that would be boring. Because life isn't just about having the best sytem for keeping track of your daily BG tests. It's about laughing at the ridiculousness of Chuck Norris. It's about finding people with better taste in music than you have. Even if it's a fifteen year old girl from Santa Monica. And as you'll soon read, I need to be reminded of that pretty frequently.

When I first started testing my blood, I just tested and licked the blood off my finger. After awhile, my fingers started to look like I'd licked them and then dipped them in a pepper mill. So, this is what I came up with.

I test my blood anywhere from 8 to 12 times a day. I've devised a system to keep track of which finger and which side of the finger I tested on last so that my fingers get as long a break as possible between pricks to heal. I use the paper log book that came with my UltraSmart and I make a list. 1L, 1R, 2L, 2R, all the way up to 10R. The number is which finger and the L and R are obviously which side of the finger. After each test, I make a little mark next to the number so that I know I won't test in that spot again for at least 20 pricks. I've also been using a BD Alcohol Swab to clean the area before and after each prick. So here's the routine:

- Open Swab Packet
- Clean Finger
- Prick Finger
- Test Blood
- Clean Up Blood with Swab
- Get Result
- Smile, Frown or Shrug
- Replace Lancet
- Toss Old Lancet in Sharps Container
- Toss Swab in the trash.
- Mark which finger and which side of the finger I just tested.
- Zip up meter.

Are there people out there that do even more than that? I'd love to hear what other's routines are like, because if my OCD is getting the best of me, I'll be the last to know it and then the next thing I know I'll be wandering around in my robe, Kleenex boxes for slippers and stacking the veggies in my fridge by size, color and country of origin. Please, please, help me... But check out zoeradio first.

Have some fun today.


Has this ever happened to you? I went to finger test and was having a hard time getting a big enough sample, so as I was squeezing on the finger, my last test on the opposite side of my finger started coming up. The smiley face was added later...

And scroll down to see how well "red eye reduction" works on iPhoto. Viva la Mac!


Blogger Kerri. said...

You're welcome!

And the bit about old finger testing sites erupting again, it happens to me pretty frequently. Usually it's when I'm looking intently at the spot I just pricked, squeezing agressively and muttering, "Why aren't you bleeding ..." only to have a secondary site open up and send loose a stream of blood towards my face.


And while I don't keep a journal of what finger I've tested, nor do I stack my vegetables by country of origin, I am OCD about my 33 minutes on the elliptical at the gym (ah, Larry Bird) and my cds being organized by genre, artist, and chronology.

Mmmm. Larry Bird.

I have to go switch the light on and off a fourteen times. Back in a bit.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I have had that happen before. That's hilarious that you made a smilie, than red-eye reduced it. Man, funny stuff. I try to retoate where I stick, but don't always do too well, since there are some fingers I don't want to stick. I also NEVER use an alcohol wipe. OW! Plus it can mess up results a little if it is not dry, but whatever works for you. I just (try to) wash my hands. I am a licker too ;)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Major Bedhead said...

Heh. I love the smiley guy.

Olivia has had that happen - poked, got no blood, but hey presto, blood just gushes from another spot. She thought it was cool. She's 11, though, which explains a lot.

5:25 PM  
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Blogger Kerri. said...

Wow. That's quite a comment.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I don't know if you're checking comments, but I just clicked on the Chuck Norris link and I was laughing my ass off. Hysterical.

My uncle looks exactly like him (beard and all) and people often ask him for his autograph...and he signs Chuck's name.

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Blogger Kerri. said...

I'm thinking "Comment Verification" is much needed here. Much needed. Add as much emphasis as you can muster.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Nicole P said...

Here's my process:

1. Make sure lancet isn't so dull it will bounce of skin
2. Clean hands -- if there's a sink around
3. Poke finger -- once, twice, three times -- as many times as possible
4. Squeeze out one -- or multiple -- blood drops
5. Promptly lick blood from finger as I put blood in tester
6. Wait impatiently
7. Get result - dance or groan
8. Put used lancet and used strip back into my testing bag
9. Look at my poor, horrible little hands

9:22 AM  
Blogger George said...

Sweet post. I was cracking up at the happy face.
I like the rotation idea. My fingers look bad too.
You MAY want to turn on the verification thingamabob like Kerri Suggested. Comments turn from PG to NC-17 without it! LOL

6:38 PM  
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Blogger Michko said...

that's about my process. however i don't always replace my lancet. ok, that's a bit of an understatement. replacing my lancet comes after i squeeze and squeeze and start cussing at my fingers about why there's no blood coming out and thinking "gee I really didn't even feel that stick this time". that's when i realize i need to change the lancet!

for some strange reason, I only use the same three fingers for testing. they're pretty caloused, but for some reason, i stick with them.

7:39 AM  

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