A post on here yesterday prompted me to give AST another go. I used my inner forearm for a test last night, and all seemed fine (took a while for blood drop to come up, but that seems normal). But about 5 minutes later I realised that there was a lump about the size of a pea under the spot I'd used, and today I have a lovely bruise. So, I took a picture and wonder if anyone could tell me whether this is an inevitable response to alternate site testing, whether there is a better area than inner forearm, and whether there are any technique adjustments to minimise bruising. If this would be typical for every poke, I'd rather stick with fingers. If there's something I can do to prevent it, an alternate site would be lovely. ETA: You might be able to see, I did the poke towards the outside, not in the middle of the bruise. Maybe I should try doing one on the other side of my forearm?