I have always used alternative site testing (with the clear cap for the lancing device). When I was diagnosed at 14 I played piano and couldn’t stand the painful finger pricks, so the diabetic educator got me a FreeStyle meter with a lancing device with a clear cap. I poke and get a drop of blood on my forearms most often, sometimes my thighs. I’m able to get a good size drop of blood by pressing down after I poke, creating a small vacuum effect (the cap is designed to work this way). I have found it to be accurate, which makes sense to me because the blood in your fingers is the same blood in your forarm, it gets pushed through your body by your heart really fast. The only time my finger is stuck is when I go to the Endocrinologist.
I have never, ever met another diabetic who does alternative site testing. Not at diabetes camp, not at my support group, no where. My question is, why not? How come more people don’t do alternative site testing? Is it just old habits, or they don’t know about the clear caps, or am I missing a medical reason why the blood should be taken from the finger?