Nothing is much more terrifying for a diabetic person than to have his blood sugar level rise. This often leads to a lot of complications and problems. To avoid this, it is a must that his glucose level be constantly monitored. With this, a glucose meter must never be far from him.
For a diabetic, learning how to monitor his own blood sugar level is a necessity. He cannot leave this under the responsibility of his doctors or nurses since this is a part of his everyday life with the disease. It's a good thing that using one's own glucose monitor is not that hard to handle anymore. In fact, it can easily be done just by following these steps:
- Good hygiene. First, you need to wash your hands with warm water and soap for about 15 minutes. Rinse it properly and dry it with a clean towel afterwards.
- Equipment. Get all of the materials you need for the test. Included in your list must be the diabetic meter, test strip, lancing device, needle, and an alcohol swab. Usually, you can get free glucose monitor kits for you to use. Be reminded that there are different kinds of glucose meters such as the one touch meter and the freestyle meter. Your doctor is there to tell which one is best for you to use.
- Lancing device. Open the device and insert a needle inside. Take off the cap of the needle and be careful not to touch it at any chance. Place the cover of the lancing device back.
- Test strip and diabetic meter. Get one test strip and put it in the meter. This act will automatically turn the one touch meter on. Make sure to match the code on the meter screen and the one in the test strip. The test strip code can usually be seen on its bottle. Once the symbol of the test strip flashes on the screen, the meter is ready to be used.
- Blood sample. Sterilize a spot in your finger with an alcohol swab. Once it is done, prick it with the lancing device. Then, squeeze your finger to have a large drop of blood to be used as a testing sample. Place the blood sample on the test area of the test strip. Do make sure that the test area is completely covered with blood.
- Result. The one touch meter will automatically test the sample. Afterwards, the blood sugar number will appear on the glucose monitor. That figure is your blood glucose level. You can now log the result in a book or a blood sugar diary.
- Cleaning. Discard the needle, alcohol swab, and test strip after the testing. You will need new ones for future testing.
Since monitoring your glucose level is indeed not a difficult task, there is no more reason to ignore this important evaluation. Remember, diabetes is an incurable disease. The only way you can combat it is you take care of your health properly. So make sure that you always have a glucose meter at your side and use it as needed.