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I test my blood sugar every morning at the bathroom sink. I wash my hands, test, then wash off my testing finger. emoticon

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Thanks LINDA, I never use chemicals on my hands or face NEVER. I would break out at the drop of a hat.
I was so happy to see your posts i seem to be at the computer or walking i have to go fix some raw chicken fir freezer or i will lose it. Cannot afford to do that.
HUGS LINDA, thanks again Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .

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I think the point of washing hands is not so much the steralizing as the warm water improves the blood flow to the fingers. I was told once that if I couldn't get a sample to wash my hands in warm water..........

Those hand sanitizers are full of chemicals but really no substitution for washing hands. Medical professionals use them because if they did wash thier hands between every patient and during visits, etc, not to mention other times when they need to wash thier hands, well the poor hands would be raw from all that rubbing. But most people can easily handle washing hands several times a day.....

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9/14/12 9:05 P

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you can always use the handwash in the bottle docs use it between patients so it must work well
went to the clinic today a1c 5.3 fbs this am bedside 91 fasting for cholesterol so no food or drink and blood sugar at draw time several hours later 231..all compliments of the brain yelling at the liver for food and of course the liver complyingt with those demands probably several times over lol
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i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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Ah, but you are consistant, Pat. You get up, wash your hands and take your readings before you do anyhing else. And that is how you were taught.

See. even educators cannot be totally in sync with each other. So how can we be??? That is why it is so important that we be consistant in what WE do.....

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OK now how can i wash my hands in BED. My Diabetes educator told us to wash hands then do FBS first thing in the morning. I ALWAYS WASH MY hands.

I will tell you another story hope some of you read it. I bought 200 strips and they all had the same number on the code key. so I used the first 50 and went to the next 50 and did not change the code key since it had the same code. I began to get higher numbers and that went on for almost a month. I showed my Dr the numbers she said they were not that bad but higher than normal for my FBS.
One morning I put in the strip and I got a reading CODE KEY EXPIRED, I checked in my book and the explanation was the code Key in my accu chek Meter had expired I put in another and as I said they all had the same number but apparently they do expire.
MY FBS are correct now.
I knew it said right on the BOX it is time to change the code key but I figured the number was the same so it was right.
No it was not. Pat in Maine. Just sharing my mistake.

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i do see an endo, which is a very good point. never knew about the movement/liver/brain connection before. makes sense, though. the body wants to keep you alert and active. if there's no food for energy...something will have to step up to do it.

all this advice is excellent. thank you, everyone!

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It is generally accepted that the readings done in your doctor's office is not a FASTING BS. The important thing is to be consistant. If you get up and walk to the kitchen table to test first thing every day, that should be ok, but if you start sweeping the floor, or even making breakfast, that is not FBS


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are you seeing an endo?? they are wise enough to know better these days altho regular gps aren't up on those things if you get up and move around i guarantee even if you haven't eaten for 12 hours your sugar will be so high and you will wonder from where the brain and the liver work together to make sure the brain gets that sugar whether you eat or not
bedside is it and that's the once my endo looks at in my log book and off my machine
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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okay now i am confused.... you are saying that the least amount of movement will raise your fasting blood sugar... then how can you get an accurate fasting blood sugar at the doctors office.... there's alot of movement between waking up and arriving at the doctors office.. have i missed something in this??

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9/14/12 9:26 A

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I get up and walk to the dining room and check mine first thing.

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bedside before i get up and do anything that is fasting..you get up and start anything and your liver will deliver a dose of sugar to you faster than you can think about it and it will no longer be fasting
the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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I used to work from home at computer all day, so I set up my meter and meds at my desk. I sit down do BS test, record it and start pulling out the syringes I need for the day. That way when I am not sure if I took my insulin yet I can look at the syringes and know exactly what I have done. The small needles for novalog & Two large for Lantus. Then I take my pill meds for the day and then I can start preparing breakfast. The one I have a hard time remembering is the after a meal two hours later. So now I eat and while I am eating each meal I set my egg timer so I do not forget, you see a much better picture taking that second one. I really think having two meters is a great idea. I struggle when I go out and it is over the time I need to check my BS and I do not have a meter. So I need to get a second one and just keep that in my purse. Welcome to Spark and the Diabetes team. Good luck in figuring out a system that works for you

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I have a special needs sweet heart at home and all meds are keep out of his reach. My meter is kept in the cabinet but it travels and most of the time i am separated from it until I find it. I have several back ups but the strips are expensive...I think I will invest in a relion extra meter in the future.

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My meter is right beside the bed...Grab the meter, as I turn on the lamp, used to reach to click off alarm and grab meter, no alarm now-a-days, I just grab it and do a quick finger stick, before I even get out of bed!

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I've been doing this for so long that the first thing I do in the morning is check my blood glucose level. I don't even go to the bathroom until it's done! LOL

The thing that worked before I developed the habit--and that's exactly what you're doing, developing a habit-- was to put the meter wherever I went first thing in the morning. BUT... it doesn't stay there. It lives in my handbag, and it goes EVERYWHERE with me. Of course, I test at least six times a day and sometimes more... carb counting and a stomach that requires six small meals a day... hm. LOL I have my cellphone set to ring every time I'm supposed to check, a specific ring that I use only for this stuff, that reminds me. It works.

Suggestions help sometimes, but...

...Everyone has to figure out something that is going to work for them... so good luck!
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I take Novo Rapid and was told no more than 2 weeks. But it may be different for other insulins..... Ask your pharmacist to be sure what is right for the kind you take.

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9/13/12 9:52 P

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Thank you all. These are great ideas. I think I'm going to keep it on the nightstand and check my level before I start my day. I really like the idea of a second meter at the office. Then I don't need to worry about bringing it to work. I feel like I'm going to learn so much from all of you.

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two weeks?? i thought it was good for 30 days after opening?? i use p en for humalog and needle for lantus..

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When I was working, I always had an extra meter and supplies on my desk because if I did not, I would either forget my supplies at work so would not have for evening and morning needs, or I would forget at home and not have for noon needs. In fact, Lifescan sent me an extra meter free so I could do this.

I kept insulin in the fridge at work because only using once a day 5 days a week, a vial would last a lot longer than the recommended 2 weeks.

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i thought i had posted... i have a small file drawer on my computer desk... meter is on top and meds/suppies are in drawers...
so far all the ideas are very good... it really depends on what you do first thing.... i agree about the bathroom... they do not suggest keeping any meds in there due to the humidity... what ever place you decide that is best for you.... it should work out for you.. i am a bad one to test and do insulin at work... so i have two meters and keep extra meds/insulin in my work bag..

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I keep my glucometer on the table on my breakfast place-mat.
I was told not to keep it in the bathroom.
I wake up and open up my case and put out lancets and test strips along with a small piece of white paper towel. I wash my hands in hot water so I can get a good sample. I test, wipe away first drop of blood. Catch next blood drop and record it.

All of that is done immediately i get up. No hair combing no teeth cleaning, they are done afterwards. I was told to do my 2 hours test exactly at that time. I set my breakfast ready and use my microwave timer and then take my first food of the day.
I was told to time from when my food passed my teeth, I do just that every morning.

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That is what I have been told many times. emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

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Actually, I would not keep mine in the bathroom because it is the most humid room in the house. Not sure if all that humidity would damage the macine or skewer the results. Check that with your diabetes educator (or the manufacturer) to be sure it is ok.

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First thing I do in the morning is make coffee. So it'r right by the coffee pot in the kitchen. emoticon

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I keep my meter by my place @ the table and it stares @ me first thing!

Another idea is keeping it on in the bathroom where you'll see it first thing.

The whole idea, at least for me, is NOT to leave it in a drawer or other place out of sight.

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I keep mine next to my meds on the counter adjacent to the fridge. So that way when I get my first glass of water of the time it reminds me to check my BS & take me meds.



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If you have a dining room or kitchen table that you eat at every day, leave your pills and meter and supplied beside where you sit every day. Then it is staring you in the face when you sit down to your meal. Hard to ignore when you have to move it to put your plate down.....lol

I have been told by several educators, that we should be testing our BS as soon as we get up in the morning, not wait until we eat. So I have my meter beside where I sleep and it helps most mornings, except those where I have to hit the floor running, if you know what I mean.....

If you can log in to the computer early in the morning, you can get your readings recorded, but if not, it would help to have a log book or make a chart so you can tick off that you have completed the tasks as you do them.

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My meter, pills, and insulin are all at my computer so I log everything as I check on emails and spark before heading to the gym.

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Hi, Everyone. New to Spark People and very new to this forum. So glad to have found you! I do have a question. Does anyone have a tip on how to remember to take your fasting sugar levels BEFORE eating or drinking anything? I always tend to start my day before I remember. It's hard to leave my meter out. I thought someone might have a clever idea for me. emoticon

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