When I was first diagnosed at 6 years old my parents managed my type 1, and changed my lancet before each test. After I started to manage it on my own I wouldn’t change it for months, maybe even a year. After my doctor explained why I need to be changing it more I started to change it every morning. Before every morning test I put a new lancet in. I also heard that every 6 finger pokes a new lancet should be put into the poker.
No I don’t either, but I know i should.
I do the same. I do change them if someone else wants to test, for some reason (I’m diabetic and I have one diabetic child, so I’m always on the lookout for high BGs in other kids).
copy that, otw it would be gross. I forgot that i’ve tested a good amount of family members and friends and that’s another time when I swap out the poker. if it’s a contest,and your feeling hypo, just make it “highest buys”.
I’m a bit more cautious, but if someone other than me is using my meter, I hand that person a lancet and keep my lancing device for my personal use.
Remember the total solar eclipse from 2 years ago that could be viewed in certain areas of the US? That’s when I last changed my lancet!
But seriously, I probably change about once a season.
Maybe I “should” change my lancet every time like I’m supposed to, but seriously, I’ve got enough diabetes crap to carry around and keep up with day after day without having to worry about changing a freaking lancet 7 times a day. Man, I got stuff to do! Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Thanks everybody for your honesty!! I’m guilty of not changing my lancet for months until I got the Fast clic and they come in barrels!! Just a quick click and it’s changed!! My goal is to change it every morning but it probably works out to once a week. Why am I so lazy??!! Lol!!
Now that I have my G6, I can’t tell you when I last changed my lancet. Probably when I got my G6 last October!! Oops!!
I used to reuse my lancets for weeks until one day I saw what my finger tips looked like under a magnifying glass while removing a splinter. They were extremely scarred and cut up not to mention tender and sore. Plus how accurate are the blood sugar readings when you’re getting blood out of scar tissue .The lancet tip bends after use And a dull blunt tip damages the finger tip tissue . Do yourself a favor and change them at least daily. A fresh lancet Is less painful too!