For those who are interested, these pictures and videos show how i test my blood glucose. if you’re sensitive to sharp pointy things or blood, then you may not want to view these. for this reason, i’ve put them behind a cut.

This is my testing kit. it comes in a nice lil zip pouch, as you can see:

testing kit for blood glucose

my testing kit for blood glucose. top: a leaflet with a reminder of the various error messages. below: a zip pouch with extra disposable lancets. below that: the lancet, with its protective cover on. To the right: a small tub with testing strips in. bottom: the blood glucose monitor.

First of all i get everything ready. This means getting the lancet out, setting it to the right setting. getting a testing strip out ready, and the monitor. Then i wash my hands (in warm water – cold will make your veins shrink, BAD idea!) and dry them thoroughly. I then shake my hands to get the blood down to the end of the fingers (it all helps!)

blood testing monitor all set up

all set up and ready to go - with the exception of the lancet and plugging in the test strip.

Then i use the lancet. Actually showing you it in operation against my finger reveals nothing, as there’s nothing to see. instead, there’s a short video showing the lancet in operation without the protective cover that dictates how deep the needle penetrates. My lancet runs from 1 to 9 – 1 being the shallowest, 9 the deepest. At the moment i set it on about 2. Once its penetrated, i simply squeeze until i have a bead of blood around the right size.


Originally uploaded by kethrybp

Once that’s done, i plug the testing strip into the monitor (which automatically turns it on, and when the monitor is ready, i dip the end of the strip in the bead of blood. the strip sort of sucks the blood up into the relevant channel, and the monitor tests it. As you’ll see, it then reveals the result.


Originally uploaded by kethrybp

Done properly, testing doesn’t hurt. There’s a trick to it – careful selection of site, rotating fingers so you’re not using the same area repeatedly, using the side of the fingers rather than the actual pad, not stabbing too deeply, not squeezing over hard… all these things make the procedure relatively painless. Although if you get it wrong, it can wind up being very sore, as i can attest! Its mostly a case of getting used to it.