Problems getting enough blood for Blue Horizon test

So I ordered a blue horizon 10 thyroid test and did it this morning. Three fingers later and I only had half a bottle. Is this going to be enough ? basically the blood stopped flowing after the first drop!

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  • raggydolly,

    Being very hot and your shaking hand vigorously will help the blood flow.

    Also gently squeezing the top or your finger and milking blood to the tip will help.

    Ring Blue Horizon Labs and explain. I would assume they will send you another test kit.

    Flower

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

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  • I tried milking my fingers and I was warm and toasty, but it didn't seem to help. I'll give them a call after 9 to see what they think. Thanks :)

  • Also make sure you are fully hydrated in the 24 hours before you do the test,that helps a lot I found.

  • Stupidly I didn't think about this, although I did drink a fair amount of water yesterday. Next time I'll try and drink more.

  • I had this the first time I tried it. Firstly make sure you take on plenty of water the day before so you are not dehydrated. Secondly when you activate the finger pricker against your finger keep it held against the finger for an extra couple of seconds.

    I sent my first sample back with half a bottle and it was not enough to complete the tests and BH sent a second pack within a day.

  • That's a good tip, thank you :)

    I've just spoken to BH and because i've already sent the kit back (had to otherwise I would have missed today's post) they will have to wait until it arrives at the lab to check. If there isn't enough blood to run the tests, they will contact me.

  • I did being warm and hydrated helps. I tend to do it as soon as I waken up then I'm toasty warm. I stand up too.

    Perhaps you aren't pressing firmly enough on the lancet. I put it in place, press firmly on it and shut my eyes.

    Don't 'squeeze' your finger t try to get the blood out - that doesn't work. You could try 'milking' your finger by rubbing the thumb or finger of your other hand fairly firmly up towards where you have made the 'hole' that might work.

    I'm testing my blood sugar before and after each meal at the moment and through trial and error I've discovered some fingers are better than others - first finger and ring finger for me. I've also discovered that going to the side of these fingers in from and level with or slightly below the base of the nail rather than right in the middle of the pad helps but I've had months of stabbing my finger at least six times a day to experiment.

    I'd say - be warm, hydrated, stand up, position the lancet, hold it really firmly against your finger, close your eyes and press it hard. Then you too could be like me and end up not only filling your test tube in no time at all but having such a good 'flow' that you. drip blood all over the place as well.

    I'm sure BH will get you sorted out when y phone them today.

  • I discovered the same, ring finger and rather side than middle. Side also hurts less.

    First time I tried middle finger and sort of in the middle of the pad. Got one drop of blood and hit a nerve so that finger was aching for weeks :D Tried ring finger and it worked and worked just perfect next time as well.

    But ain't there sort of main vain going to ring finger? That is why it is ring finger as the vain goes straight to heart? Or is it just romantic BS?

  • I asked google and apparently there isn't! Old wive's tale :)

  • Should have guessed :D I hope you got enough blood and no need to redo the test.

  • Good grief I hope I don't end bleeding out everywhere! My other half keels over at the sight of blood haha

    Good point about the lancet. In a misguided attempt to avoid unnecessary pain I maybe didn't press the lancet firmly enough against my finger. I'll press harder next time ;)

  • Just keep a tissue handy - that's where I went wrong and a little goes a long way when it drops from a height ;)

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