I play guitar and thus found the test-prick for blood very annoying on my finger tips. Here's the best location I found. In the pic its actually a mm or so higher onto my thumb than I like - and works in either direction left/right of that location. I don't feel it afterwords like I do on a finger tip - so it doesn't bother playing guitar.
Here's a closeup of the needle tracks from recent tests. With this location I can fit 50 per day on the same thumb (I've not dont that many in over 3 years).
Like Michelle, I test on the sides of fingers on my left hand. I have never tested 50 times in one day. I would consider that to be obsessive and of limited value. In fact, I now only test once per day (if that).
I rely upon my A1C results and the lab fasting glucose level for glucose management.
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You really don't want to prick the "tip" of your finger. Go down a bit, and to the side (as Reitze's photos indicate). You'll find the sticks to be less painful when you stay away from the soft pad and the tip. (Based on more than 50 years experience doing fingersticks on myself and many, many patients.)
The American Diabetes Foundation has info concerning alternate sites that may be used, have a look. Also I am a type 2 diabetic guitar player just starting to play again since I have this terrible disease I had sold all my instruments and just this month have re-equipped. The point I am going to make is to have ownership of an instrument is very good therapy only if you have no expectations of how you used to play. I am going to develop a new style of guitar playing getting new habits to adapt my diabetic nerve problems to allow me to have a few moments if not minutes of pleasure doing what I loved so much before having this disablitating disease. Just a moment pleasure may have lasting effects altering my personality and ambition. It will help me forget that I am truly disabled. I encourage you to find alternate blood sites and mostly, do not prick your cord hand(string hand) use only the strumming hand to get the blood you need at least before each meal of the day.
Hope this helps and to all musicians out there with diabetes , may you play music all your life and not be discouraged ever.
Regards from a 57 year old musician guitar player.
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