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I had gestational diabetes in 86 & 92 but diagnosed with Type 2 in 1997.
I have my A1c checked every 3 months, cholesterol & liver levels annually.
No issues with getting specimens, just get poked at the elbow.

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How long have you been diabetic? - since I was ~ 45...so 15 years..maybe more
How often do you get your labwork done? -every 3 months
Do the techs have any problems drawing samples? - no
What do they have to do to get the samples they need? just poke a needle in my vein at my elbow and draw about 5 vials of blood

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back in business here friends a stent and all the blood clots have gone away
diabetic since early 90's..probably before that but never kew use insulin and love the control it gives me blood right now about once a month probably for the year now no problems with the veins don't feel it if you have problems back of the lower arm you'll see a big fat vein back there roll it out and turn it it's just the other side works the same way and doesn't hurt nearly as bad as pokes that don't get anything (that's from an iv therapist (halfway down the lower part of arm on the back side the lady mary emoticon

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4/25/14 10:08 P

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Hi littlewind

Have been diabetics since late 90's.
Have lab work done every three months... Tho now my veins are so scared with all the blood work... The techs are having a hard time finding the vein.

Hope this answers your questions...

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Syndrome X since early 80's. Type II since early 90's. On insulin since late 90's

Every 3 or 4 months

It is getting harder and harder for the tech's to find veins and today was the worst ever! She checked everywhere and finally just had to go with the best of the bad which was the back of my hands (SO painful). But it was slow going and the vein just stopped giving up it's supply. She ended up having to warm my other hand with a hot water filled glove, and after slapping me silly, was finally able to get a sample. She had to throw out the first vial because there was not enough in it to be useful.

My youngest brother was in the hospital for awhile before he died (not diabetic) and they had to take samples daily..... They used his feet and that is apparently the WORST place as far as pain goes. They finally had to give him surgery to install a vent or shunt or whatever they called it so they could just put the needle through a one way membrane to get what they needed. I felt so sorry for him, but now I have an inkling of what he went through....

So I am just curious as to how everyone else is managing this......

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4/25/14 9:14 P

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Actually several of related questions......

How long have you been diabetic?
How often do you get your labwork done?
Do the techs have any problems drawing samples?
What do they have to do to get the samples they need?



Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 4/25/2014 (21:18)
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