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Re: [IP] Blood Testing

I have found the softclix boehringer mannheim lancet device much more
comfortable than the Lifescan device I used for years.  The softclick
lancets are much thinner and are supposedly designed to minimize
side-to-side movement, which reduces pain (for me at least).  The downside
is that I have very hard skin on all my fingers from years of testing and I
am already using the next-to-highest depth setting on the device.  Its
adjustable but when I get to setting 5 there's no place else to go.

On another matter - this device came with my new Accu-check complete meter
which seems o.k. -- it gives identicle readings that my lifescan gives in
side-to-side tests.  The real flaw I have noticed, however, is with the
Accu-chek "comfort" curve strips.  They are designed to use very little
blood and they "suck up the blood" when you touch the side of the strip,
which works great, but the "curve" on the strip is on the right side and
when it goes into the machine there is no real way to use blood from your
left hand without turning the machine around.  It gets a little cumbersome.
Maybe I'm just using these strips wrong.

The above posting is not intended to initiate a "which meter" or "which
strip" war.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carl Baker <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 1998 7:30 PM
Subject: [IP] Blood Testing

>The most anxiety that I'm experiencing regarding starting on the insulin
>pump is going from 2-3 blood sugar tests a day to 4-6.  I hate testing due
>to inconvenience and often sore fingers.  I'm concerned that I may do less
>testing than recommended.  Any suggestions out there?  I use a spring
>pen type lancet holder.  Maybe there's a less painful method?  Or maybe the
>improved blood sugar levels will be incouragement enough?  Words of
>Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/

Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/