I wrote a couple of weeks ago about being sick of the prick. Well, now I’m going to talk to you about a couple of ways that you can minimize the prick or even eliminate it completely. This is the thing I alluded to when I wrote the previous post.
Wouldn’t you love to eliminate pricking your finger every day, several times a day? I know I would. As a type 2 diabetic, I hate pricking my fingers. My fingers hurt, they are calloused and I am just sick (figuratively and literally) of the constant pricking my fingers!
I prick my finger when I first get up in the morning so I have my fasting glucose reading. The doctor wants it between 90-130. It’s been an average of 138. Not quite where it needs to be, but much closer than the 300-400 that it used to be!
I prick my finger an hour or two after breakfast. My blood sugar (glucose) can be as high as 180 and my diabetes care team will still be okay with it. I’m usually around 140. So I’m doing good there.
I prick my finger after lunch, after supper and before bed. I sometimes prick it when I feel “funny” (not in the ha-ha way)!
That’s a lot of pricking and a lot of bleeding! I am a big baby when it comes to pricking my finger!
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
My diabetes team said I could try this device that was just one prick for a two-week period. It would be a device I would wear on my arm and would have a needle that stuck in my arm and did blood sugar readings every five minutes.
Okay, great! One prick instead of approximately 60? I’m on board.
The CGM doesn’t really hurt to go in. In fact, it hurt less than pricking my finger.
You can read more about the CGM at this link. This site is not exactly how the one I have works, but it gives you a general idea of the process.
My CGM was inserted in my arm on Thursday, January 17. I will be going back to the doctor’s office on January 24 to see how it went for the first week. At this time, we will download the first week’s results and see if any changes need to be made to my medications. (Well, since I don’t want to be on medications anyway, I am hoping it shows that I don’t need as much insulin or Metformin or Ozempic!)
The device has a computer chip in it that does the readings all day and all night. This will be downloaded to her computer and we’ll be able to see a lot of data from this including when I am having high blood sugars, low blood sugars and when I am right where I should be.
I’m a little anxious to see how it turns out. At the same time, I know this information is important and I have nothing to be afraid of.
Even though this device will cut down on the number of pricks I have to endure on a daily basis, it is still an “invasive” procedure because a needle is constantly in my arm for up to 14 days!
The other part of this is the ongoing cost. Every 14 days I will have to replace the device. That adds up. It is probably around the same cost as buying the test strips, lancets and meter for doing the multiple daily pricks.
Helo Extense—Prick-free living!
Oh yeah! Now we are really talking!
When my friend told me about the Extense, I thought she was pulling my leg. I mean, how could a device test my blood sugar without using blood?
Well, that’s the beauty of the Extense.
According to their site: “The HELO Extense is a peripheral device that pairs with your smartphone and tracks your Sugar Trends, non-invasively. No more pricking your finger. No blood, no mess, no pain. Similar, in shape and use, to an oximeter, HELO Extense contains advanced PPG sensors. The Extense App on your smartphone provides a description of your Sugar Trend on demand.”
This video shows you a basic rundown of how the device works!
And it’s even better now because when they finally released the device around the first of the year, the Extense will now not just measure trends, but actual blood sugar readings!
To me, that is a vital part. Just having a device tell me I am low, normal or high isn’t especially useful, but the actual numbers are.
The Extense comes at a cost, but compared to a lifetime of spending money on test strips, lancets, monitors or a CGM device, I am weighing the cost and coming up with a lifetime of savings and peace of mind.
I will be able to purchase my Extense in two months. But if you have the money, why not try it now? It comes with a money back guarantee. Please check out the return/refund policy.
Summing it all up!
In my humble opinion, the Helo Extense is the way to go! It may cost more to start with, but in the long run, it will save money, pain and keep your fingers what they were meant for in life—not being pricked all the time!
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Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: email@example.com.