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a1c without bloodtest?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by GinaB, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. GinaB

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    The last two endo appointments we had the doctor told us his a1c but never did a bloodtest. Can they get that number from the blood on a finger prick? I am wondering if they are just averaging the meter readings. Do you normally have a real bloodtest to get the a1c?
     
  2. Sorcha

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    At our appointments, the A1C is always done within the diabetes clinic with a fingerpoke. They have some sort of machine that tests the blood this way and spits out a printout with the A1C result and graph. Between clinic appointments we do the test as a typical blood test - but this is because they don't have the fancy machine to do the on-site test, the blood is sent to the lab.
     
  3. Kalebsmom

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    Kaleb gets his A1C checked with a fingerprick. A special device is used. If they pricked his finger and used a little plastic thing to suck up the blood it could have been his A1C check.
     
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    Ours is also done with a finger prick at the endos office with that fancy machine
     
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    Due to my insurance, Caleb can't get his A1c draw at the lab that's located in the hospital that his endo is in. We have to use our local hospital a week before his next appointment and have them fax the results to his endo. Kind of a pain, but it saves us a 2 hour trip just to get the blood drawn for it and then have to go back a week later.
     
  6. Angelica

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    My insurance does not cover it either but our endo charges $25 to do it. That seems worth it to me since it saves the trauma of drawing blood from her arm.:rolleyes:
     
  7. sarahconnormom

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    Connor always gets his A1C checked with a finger prick at the endo's office. They have a fancy machine that does it.
    Our pediatrician can also do an in office a1c with a slightly simpler machine than the one the endo has. He runs one for us sometimes between endo appts if Connor is sick and he just wants to get a better idea of what has been going on with his blood sugars.
     
  8. GinaB

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    Thanks for all the responses. That is great to know they can do it with the finger check!
     
  9. Big Hair Momma

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    You can also purchase an OTC an a1c test. I have found them at Wal-Mart in their pharmacy department.
     
  10. Mom2Deacon

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    I know that Deacon has always gotten a finger stick for his A1c.

    --Sara
     
  11. jcanolson

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    The ability to do the a1c by fingerstick was one (of several) reasons that we changed endos a few years ago. Blood draws were very traumatic for my 3 year old. They always did them at the END of the visit, and then he would have the nerve to comment on how timid and nervous she was. HELLO - SHE'S NOT STUPID. SHE KNOWS WHAT IS COMING.

    Wow, still a bit of pent-up hostility:D
     
  12. hawkeyegirl

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    Our endo does not have the fingerstick A1c machine, so we do the home A1c tests.
     
  13. Tigerlilly's mom

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    Fingerstick A1c test during routine endo appointments for Tyler. The lab tech even uses Tylers lancing device to do it (no stress and no pain):D
     
  14. Tori's Mom

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    Ditto for us. She gets to use her beloved Multiclix instead of the flesh eating pokers the lab has!! :D
     
  15. Rtolman

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    That's what my Doctor's nurse uses when it needs to be checked.:cool::p
     
  16. GinaB

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    just got back from the endo today. They did a really easy finger check and his A1C was 7.6. We're definately moving in the right direction!
     
  17. mamort

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    We have gotten are A1c readings from a finger stick in the office also. I also think its less traumatic then a blood draw.
     

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