I can relate to your struggle as I too was diagnosed with Diabetes late December and have shed more than a few tears in the last month and a half!
I am pleased to say, it does get better! You can do it! SP has been a great place for me to learn to handle the diagnosis, and adjust my lifestyle.
When trying to get a blood sample DEHYDRATION is a MAJOR problem. It is essential to stay hydrated. I drink bottled water so it is easy for me to know when I have had at least 8 glasses in a day. I know other people who use either 32 oz styrofoam or plastic cups and then make sure they refill at least once a day.
Another hindrance to getting a good stick is COLD HANDS, especially in the winter. Friends on FB told me to run warm water/hot water over my hands prior to trying to take a blood sample...it helps the blood circulate to the tip of the finger.
MASSAGING or 'MILKING' your finger prior to sticking helps quite a bit. My experiences with donating blood and platelets at the blood bank taught me to MILK my finger if necessary...start at the back knuckle and massage finger towards the tip several times prior to sticking finger. The more color you have in your finger tip the more likely there will be sufficient blood when ya stick.
STICK the SIDE of your finger rather than the pad. The vessels are closer to the surface on the side, also the sides of your fingers are less likely to be calloused.
On the days when I have repeatedly stuck myself and not gotten enough to obtain a blood glucose reading, I have wrapped a hair tie around the middle of my finger to put added pressure on the end so that I can get a sample.
I was not on SP when I was first struggling with this so it was my FB friends who came to the rescue. One of my friends told her ten year old I was really struggling. Her 10 year old just kind of shrugged, rolled her eyes, and said, "Mom! She'll get used to it!" The child has been diabetic five years. I really apreciated that child-kind-of wisdom in the moment!
I have not tried cooking with splenda. Like you, I have never liked anything I have tasted that was cooked with splenda. I have been using the calorie tracker and the carb/fats/protein trackers to keep me balanced as I live with the diagnosis of diabetes. I am finally in a routine where I eat within calorie range and nutrient range most days. I have not allowed myself many indulgences to date, but when I have I have incorporated them into the meal plan for the day. Hope this helps a little.
Know that you are not alone in the journey!
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