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What are you doing to protect fingers?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by danielsmom, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. danielsmom

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    Reading another forum of adult type 1...it was so dismaying to read what years of pricking fingers have done to them. We seem to use the same 3 fingers on each hand. Very rarely I use pinky unless at night and I'm having trouble with the others.. I started using thumb(it seems to bleed the best), but think its a little painful...Are you using creams..anything to prevent long term callouses? Or does it just come with the D territory over time?
     
  2. StillMamamia

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    We use 3 fingers on each hand, excluding the index and thumb. So far they look okay-ish. They do have some callouses (sp?). Sometimes I put a tiny bit of Neutrogena hand cream on one hand, and use the other for testing, and the following night I switch.

    You can also try alternate test sites. Some people use the toes at night. Others test at the area at the base of the thumb, some even on the forearms.
     
  3. wildemoose

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    I've had type 1 for 18 years and my fingers are fine. No unusual calluses, infections, or anything like that.
     
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    No, it doesn't have to come with the territory over time. My daughter has been doing this for 4 years and we test a lot. So far her fingers seem fine. I don't think it should be a foregone conclusion that PWD will have finger damage over time. Here are some things you can do if you are really concerned:

    Rotate fingers as much as possible.

    Use different sites on the fingers not always the same spot.

    During night checks, use fingers you don't normally use during the day.

    Use alternate sites, like the forearm, toes, earlobes, etc.
    (Just be aware that SOME people find that the numbers they get from alternate sites may lag behind the finger sites by up to 30 min).

    Use the sides of the fingers, not the pads.

    Use a meter like the Freestyle that takes the smallest blood sample size in the world. That way you only need to prick the finger lightly to get a small drop of blood.

    Use a lancer like the Delica that seems to be easier on the skin, with less trauma.
     
  5. lil'Man'sMom

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    We use paraffin wax treatments. He isn't having any issues but we live in NH so the colder weather play havoc with our skin. It feels super good and your hands are soft after.
     
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    Sophie likes to use the same couple of fingers, in the same places. I remind her to switch and use a different one, making sure she gets both sides and not just one. Sometimes, she even listens to me, lol:)
     
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    We use the middle three fingers on each hand. I noticed that ds was ALWAYS using the same spot on the same finger and it started looking beat up so I reminded him to switch it up and it's been better since then. We also make sure to move around on the fingers. Every couple weeks I do give him a "manicure" where after his bath I rub heavy duty lotion on his fingers and I take a good look at the tips to make sure none are looking beat up. So far so good, but I'm not sure how long he is going to allow his mom to give him manicures :)
     
  8. mommabear

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    Shirley~I often worry about Blake's fingers..(yes it's one of the lesser things to worry about,:p but I still do) When I go to poke him at night and I can see all those spots, it bothers me. Or when his hands are dirty(because he is 100% boy, so that is often:D) and all the spots stick out like a sore thumb..It bothers me..I feel like there is not to much that we can do about it, besides lotion and trying to alternate places. I sure hope that their fingers hold out well.It don't seem to bother Blake, so I guess that is good..:cwds:

    Editing to say...when I said alternate places, I ment alternate (rotate) places on the fingers..:)
     
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  9. lynn

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    We do almost everything to avoid thickened skin on his fingers and it still happens sometimes. We use the Freestyle meter and the multiclix lancer and use all the fingers and pay attention to use both sides and move up and down a bit. We don't use alternate site because his endo isn't a fan of it and I don't feel like pushing it. I also don't test his toes at night because he's eight now and can really kick!

    I've tried different lotions and creams and such and the best thing I have found is vitamin E capsules. We just take a pin and poke a hole in the end and squeeze a tiny bit out on each side of each finger a couple of nights a week before bed during the times that his fingers look worse. It seems that winter is harder on his skin so we will probably be buying another bottle of vitamins soon.
     
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    We rotate fingers. At night, I always test his right hand since he's right handed and he tests the left hand. ;) We've been at this for 5 years and haven't seen any issues. We use the Multiclix lancet. I will say, however, that his fingers look quite interesting after he's been swimming in the pool for an hour, lol. :eek::)
     
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    We rotate as much as possible, but my daughter does her own testing at school and I know she sticks to her favorite which is her index. I avoid that one as much as possible when testing her.

    A few things you can do:
    Assign a certain finger to certain tests (IE pinky am, ring, snack etc)
    Don't test on the pad of the finger, stick to the side
    Change lancet daily (oops you're supposed to do that:eek:?)
    Moisturize. We use Ucerine at night, especially in the winter.

    Some use thumbs and toes at night, we don't my daughter would wake from this and probably slug me! You might want to talk to your endo about alternate site testing (forearm) for certain bg readings. Being that you are new to this and still honeymooning, definitely check with doc first before trying.
     
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    Our Diabetes Nurse taught us this when DD was first dx'd and we have been using this method ever since.

    Monday = thrumb
    Tuesday = index
    Wed = middle

    etc. and for the weekend she chooses which finger she wants to use.

    In addition, we assigned "A" as inner side of finger R hand, "B" as outer side R hand, C as inner left, etc. and she tries to remember during the day whether it is A,B,C,D etc. (of course if is repeated since we test over 10 x a day now)

    At night we use the toes (actually when my hubby and I do it for her it's always with the toes and we also use above method.

    Bonus is she always know what day of the week it is:p
     
  13. Heather(CA)

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    We use his forearms more than fingers, we only use fingers for specific reasons... Works for us. :cwds:
     
  14. Tigerlilly's mom

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    Ditto this :D

    His fingers looks fine unless he has been in the water for an extended period of time
     
  15. danielsmom

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    Wow...lots of different ways....hmm interesting about the toes..I will look into it more..and moisterize those fingers extra....thanks for all the advise.. will reread it all again and take it from there to ask my endo questions.. Thanks..
     
  16. mommabear

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    I love this idea..I think we are going to try it:)
     
  17. Fairlight

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    We've been at this for almost eight years now. I've noticed that holding pressure after finger sticks helps them heal much faster and helps prevent the little hard "dots" on the finger tips. We always clean with an alcohol swab before finger sticks which probably helps exfoliate the skin, too. Finally, rotate sites. We use all 10 fingers/thumbs. Night is a little different. At night, we just grab the hand that is closest and pick the finger that looks the best.
     

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