I returned to The Diabetes Center yesterday to receive my blood glucose meter (see below) and to learn how to use the lancets with the little pen and feed the test strips into the machine. The very excited nurse told me that the lancet needles are 33 gauge, which is apparently the finest gauge needle they make...this is supposed to make this process painless. Uh huh.
As you probably imagine, it is not. It doesn't hurt as much as the bloodtest you get in a lab, but it hurts when you get stuck and stings for a couple of hours afterwards. I'm feeling a little put out that I have to do this 4 times a day. When I wake up, and 2 hours after every meal.
I've been on the diabetic diet for over a week now, which is 3 meals and 3 snacks. I'm supposed to eat my snacks after I've done the testing...so sometime after 2 hours has elapsed. Initially I felt like I was being tied to the house since I have SO many dietary restrictions. This week, I was finally starting to feel like I can go out and do stuff. I've packed my snacks with me and haven't feel panicked that I'm going to mess the whole thing up. With the "you must test your blood every 2 hours", I'm back to feeling overwhelmed and restricted. *sigh* Yes, my glucometer comes in a little travel pack that can fit into my purse, and I know in a few days I will get used to it. Today I just feel really put out.