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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1205-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
May 01, 2012

Use see you at the top for the ff p. 29 done! Welcome to this month's issue on blood sugar testing. Part of the first thing you will do as soon as you have been diagnosed is learn among other things, blood sugar testing. We are going to learn this because that is where we want to go: know all we can learn about it. Knowing this, let this be the first day of the rest of your life.

True, sometimes we find it hard to get going. But that’s because we have been misdirected. Some people have dumped garbage into our head, but that is the past and we don’t want to dwell on it. Instead we will keep moving for we are now building a greater and brighter future.

In This Issue:

  • A Testing Alternative
  • Must Reads Around the Web
  • What To Do Next After Diagnosis
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humour
  • Q&A: "How Can I Remove a Blood Stain?"

A Testing Alternative

Some of us feel pain when using a spring-loaded tool to pierce the top of the finger. So let’s find a better way. See if this option will work for you. Use a lancet for it has a shorter space between the plastic base and the needle tip. Use it on the back of the thumbs and fingers and you will see that the plastic base will stop it from penetrating further. It will be so much easier to use.

Here’s what you can try to do. Put the open lancet on the back of the finger about where the nail meets the finger and at 1 to 2 mm from the nail. Then lightly penetrate the skin. It should be less painful because you are in control as to how deep to go as well as the amount of pressure to apply. Also, this part has less nerve endings so the pain from the penetration will be less.

You may also try to lightly penetrate the skin in the bottom area instead of the sides because that is actually the least painful position. Experiment to find the best area for you but let the doctor know first. Here are some things to think about:

Some may think it will not be easy to obtain enough blood with 28-gauge lancet. The truth is that I know someone who uses the 30-gauge lancet and is able to obtain blood. He makes sure though that his fingers are not cold for it will then be more difficult to draw blood.

He also uses the lancet at the fingernail’s base to obtain blood. The blood sample he obtains is less than what he gets when using the spring-loaded tool but is enough for testing purposes. And it means less injury and the calluses on the fingertips are fewer or none at all.

It may take a few days to see which technique works best for you. Try doing this on different fingers for a few days until you can zero in on the best option for you. Scraping the skin painlessly too may help obtain more blood sample rather than making it penetrate more deeply.

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The "Ascensia Microlet Lancets" are by far and away the least pain inducing lancets I have found for my diabetic blood sugar testing. Made to be used with the Ascensia CONTOUR Monitoring System, these lancets are almost painless on my finger tips and always draws just enough blood for a proper sample.

I have tried several other brands and "generic" lancets, all with mostly disapointing and sometimes painful results.

Highly recommended!

2.Must-Reads from Around the Web

Vital Signs: Diabetes and Stress

Three Ways to “Defeat” Almost Any Chronic Disease

Gestational diabetes to rise 50%

5 Reasons to Start Meditating Today

New Approach to Treating Diabetes

3. What To Do After the Diagnosis

This is a good topic for discussion. The newly diagnosed has so many questions in mind that to put them in logical steps will help them focus on what is important. These seven steps will surely put anyone new at diabetes know exactly what to do in order to have good diabetes control.

1. The first thing to do is to see a certified diabetes educator. He or she will show you how to get smart about diabetes control.

2. Make some changes with your diet and start eating healthy. Record your eating patterns so you can show it to a registered dietitian who will help you plan your meals that include your favourites and healthier food choices.

3. Don’t guess your blood sugar level. Test so you know how your body reacts to different stimuli like foods, any activities and make changes to adapt to different situations.

4. Get in touch with your insurance company. Know your coverage for testing supplies and medication and make sure any expenses you incur from your health care providers are covered.

5. Ask questions if you need more information about your condition and treatment from your health care team.

6. Find support from family, friends, diabetes support group in your local hospital and even online.

7. Build your health care team: endocrinologist, cetified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, podiatrist, ophthalmologist and other specialists you may need.

If you are newly diagnosed and need more information, you may find this book called Your First Year with Diabetes: What To Do, Month by Month [Paperback]

Here’s what one reader said about this book:

“Who would have thought that reading about Your First Year with Diabetes could be so Informative and yet fun. It answered questions we all want to know who have this Disease...and yet it is done with humor and honesty...easy reading and...goes through it thoroughly... gives us guidance...and it is up to date on medicines, diet plans, and how exercise affects us and the forbidden sexual problems that most of us don't want to discuss...even with our Doctors. I have had Diabetes for 35 years and it is the best book to read because it lifted my spirits while I read it...and yet imparted so much new information that I needed to know. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.”

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.

Orange Slices With Citrus Syrup

6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy. “Psst, don‘t tell anyone that I don‘t understand this thing they call a joke. Can someone please help me understand it?”

Not At All Funny, I Think Maybe Because Some Parts are Grammatically Wrong?

Johnny: Don’t hurt the heart that never hurt you.

Marion: Why, what do you mean?

Johnny: Cause the heart you hurt may hurt you too.

Marion: So what do I do? You should just hurt the heart that hurt you.

Johnny: But how can you hurt the heart that hurt your heart if the heart that hurt your heart is the only heart that can fix your broken heart?

7. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

Drop us a line at our contact form and write your questions or comment there.

You may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

7. Question: "How Can I Remove a Blood Stain?"

Answer: You can remove blood stain on clothing with hydrogen peroxide. Do it though while it is still wet because dried blood bleaches slowly. Here’s how to do it. Pour out some hydrogen peroxide solution on a piece of cloth or handekerchief and rub this into the stain. You will see the peroxide foaming upon contact with the blood. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.

Here’s how some people successfully removed blood stains from clothing when they have dried up. Pour salt onto the blood-stained area liberally with salt and water, enough to form a paste. Allow it to set in before removing with water and soap.

8. Got something to say? Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website.

Just go to the contact form and write your questions there. Also go to the disclaimer.

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So all that garbage that some dumped into our head, we will cover up with a thin coating of the correct mental attitude and positive thinking. Some of that garbage might still come out from time to time, making us worry and feel desperate but just keep reading the good stuff until the world is right again.

Anyway, we live in a negative world where news or others may drop a word or two innocently and dump fresh garbage into our mind again. But we will ignore that and just align ourselves with positive people who will not harp on the problems of the past but concentrate on the hope for the future.

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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