Testing Blood Sugar

Testing Blood Sugar

Kimmy Sue has to test her blood sugar four times a day. She tests before she eats a meal and before bed time each day. We use a Freestyle Light blood sugar monitor.  It comes in a handy case that has a slot to carry the poker (this is obviously a technical term, you may use it with confidence) the monitor, test strips and extra needles for the poker.  We got this one from the hospital.  They also gave us one for school too.  Kimmy got to choose the color of the case for the monitor.  She chose blue for her home monitor and pink for her school monitor.

 

Kimmy sets the needle on her poker at the #2 setting. This seems to be the best setting for poking hard enough to draw blood but not enough to make it hurt. Kimmy says that it doesn’t hurt her. She’s been doing it long enough that she’s used to it.

Here’s the process for drawing blood sugar:

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1. Clean the finger; we use an alcohol swab.

 

2. Poke the finger with the poker (this is obviously a technical term, use it with confidence).

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3. Squeeze the finger to draw blood out.

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4. Allow the blood to be sucked into the test strip.

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5. Read your number.

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While we were in the hospital the doctors told us they wanted Kimmy’s numbers to be between 80 and 180. We try really hard to keep our numbers there and we usually do a pretty good job.

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