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rotating your finger pricks

I know I am not the only one with these battle wounds. If you test your sugar between 7-10x day like me (even with a CGM), then these little dots just come with the territory; which is exactly why rotation is key when it comes to finger pricks.

We all have fingers (or a hand) that are our favorite to test with. I’ve found that if you’re right hand dominant it’s your left hand that is subject to more pokes, simply because your dominate hand is the one holding the lancing device. I tend to favor my ring and pinky finger on my left hand. And boy do they take a beating. So just like you rotate your injections or pump sites, you need to rotate your finger pricks.

Rotating Your Finger Pricks

I’ve found the easiest way to rotate is to stick with one finger a day. For example, today you would only use your left thumb for finger pricks. Whether you do 1 or 15 pricks, today you just use your thumb. Then tomorrow is your left pointer finger; then next day is your left middle finger, and so on.

This way, you’re not rotating every time you prick (which is insanely easy to lose track of). Instead, by doing one finger a day, you’re giving your other fingers a 9 day vacation for every 1 day of work – and who doesn’t want that?!

A Whole New World

Once I started to rotate my finger pricks I realized that I had never used my thumbs to test. Ever. I felt like I hit a gold mine.

Although the angle is a bit awkward when I use my thumb for a finger stick I love it because I am tapping into an unused resource – which is a rarity in the T1D world.

Take a look at your finger tips…Can you spot your favorites?


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  1. Sara February 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I didn’t even think about this, but once I looked down at my fingers it looked like a spotted dalmatian! Thanks for the tips! I will have to get on this…

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