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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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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    2 years ago

    I’m right handed and although I’ve done on the right hand(not crazy about that) I have more black spots etc on the left hand. Seems I have three fingers I favor the most for it and like you I don’t know why. It’s the little finger, ring finger and the middle finger. May the Gods help me if I screw up and can’t use those fingers again. I’ll be up the creek so to speak. 😉

    I would consider other areas if the DE or doctor suggested it but for some reason mostly happy with those three fingers although there have been times when I couldn’t get a single drop out of any of those and wound up going to the right hand instead. Had to give the others a break for a few days before going to them again.

    So no my friend, you’re not the only one that has the ‘most’ favorites to go to. 🙂

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    2 years ago

    Nope. You’re not the only one. I’m right handed but I’m hooked on doing the left hand using the little finger and the one right next to it. If I can’t get anything from either one I’ll move on up the line to the next finger until I do get what I’m needing. But for some reason I’m automatically drawn to those two fingers the most.

    Only way I’d consider using arms or elsewhere is if the doctor suggested it. Otherwise I’ll do the hands. Every one says you have ten fingers but can’t help doing those two as first choice.

    Funny though. You watch someone’s hands and you’ll usually tell if they’re a diabetic if they’re using the fingers for testing. Like you said, those little black spots gives us away. Wife asked me one day when she caught me studying my fingers what I was doing. Told her looking at the brown/black spots on them that I get from the testing. So, don’t feel too bad on this.

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