Checking Your Blood Sugar And Rotating Sites!

Calluses and scabs

Ok, I can’t be the only one with this strange diabetes proclivity…can I? Here’s my issue: The pointer and middle fingers on my left hand have more calluses than my other digit and are riddled with speckles of tiny dots and scabs (clearly I will never be a hand model). WHY? Because for some strange reason (and for the life of me, I have absolutely no idea why) those are the two fingers that I prefer to check my blood sugar on.

And it’s weird because I’m left-handed (also ambidextrous), so you would think I’d prefer to use my right hand’s middle and pointer fingers.
The calluses are rough and it’s getting harder to withdraw blood from those digits. And yes, I know I need to force myself to use my other fingers, for my sanity and my health, and quite frankly, I’m having a tough time doing just that.

Some old habits are hard to break, but I need to rotate my fingers/hands and I need to get past the mental block of not doing it. So I’ve decided that I’m going to commit to rotating my blood sugar sites every day (just like I do with my injection sites) starting with the left pointer finger, then middle finger, ring and finally pinky – then switch over to my right hand and starting the process all over again. You know I’m looking forward to the days when I’m “giving diabetes a certain finger,” if you know what I mean!

Questions for you

  1. Do you favor certain fingers or a certain hand when checking your blood sugars?
  2. Do you rotate and if so, did you rotate every day, every other day or every week?
  3. Do you check your blood sugars on other areas – like your forearms – and is that something that you would ever consider?
  4. Am I the only one with this particular diabetes idiosyncrasy?
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