Pricking My Finger Was Initially the Worst Part of Diabetes


"After so many years of doing it, you learn where it's least painful" (:37)
Nancy, age 54, learned how to rotate among her fingers and found it was nothing to fear.

If you have diabetes, you have to prick your finger to get a drop of blood for home glucose monitoring. Pricking your finger can be painful—or less so. For Nancy, the thought of pricking her finger was one of scariest aspects of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. With time, she learned how to prick her finger as painlessly as possible. She now rotates testing sites and avoids pricking her fingertips (which are more sensitive). “Its not a big deal,” she says.

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