Friday, September 20, 2013

Ouch . . . .

After almost three decades of finger-sticks (not counting that big block of time during and after college when I didn’t bother) it’s rare that I feel anything more than a slight discomfort when the lancet plunges into my finger.  Most times I don’t feel anything at all  (thank you, callouses!).

But suddenly . . . . ouch!!  Each and every prick started hurting!!  #soundsdirtybutisn’t  The first time I thought “Well, yeah, sometimes they do just hurt”.  The second time I thought maybe I had hit a nerve.  The third time I thought I should make sure I wasn’t pricking the same exact spot over and over.  The next few times I just ignored it.  I knew I didn’t need to change my lancet, because I change it every morning.  (Weird, I know, whatever.)  Finally I had enough of the pain and looked at my lancing device.


What??  A depth setting of 4.5????  How ever did it get switched to 4.5??


Ahhhhh, that’s more like it.  Back to comfortable finger-sticks.  Well, relatively speaking - because it’s still puncturing my finger and making it bleed.  Thank goodness for those aforementioned callouses!


  1. Wow, I can see how that could make a difference! Glad it wasn't anything more serious.

  2. I really couldn't be more impressed that you change the lancet everyday. I can't even wrap my mind around this. Amazingly impressive.

  3. Wow, very impressive you change your lancet every day!

  4. When asked, I say that about 9 out of 10 sticks are essentially pain-free and the tenth one hurts like a mother. (With the latest lancing devices, my odds are better, but there's still the occasional outlier.)

    I promise I did not bribe your cat to do that. (She wanted more tuna than I was willing to pay.)


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