About to set off for the post office to post my fingerprick test (Thyroid +10).
I was apprehensive after reading here about how many people had a hard time getting enough blood but I used all the BH tips on how to get the blood flowing and my goodness, it was successful. I just found an errant drip on my foot!
I found it surprisingly hard to actually push the lancet into my finger, which I hadn't anticipated. I've done this sort of thing before (we did blood typing in school and I regularly self-inject b12 etc) but my nerves failed me and I really had to work up to it. You really have to give it a good hard push, there is a moment when it looks like nothing is happening and then my word. I looked away to grab the vial and when I looked back my finger was in full flow.
Helpful stuff: hot water bottle to keep hand/arm warm, star jumps, a clean tea towel or similar to keep from ruining the tablecloth/carpet, good hydration, also following the BH advice to do a dry run before the test. I laid out everything and read the instructions the night before. What I neglected to do was put out my vit d test kit to do both at once, so I scrambled to get that sorted but it was too late, I had to prick myself AGAIN for that. Next time I'll be better prepared. Still, was easy to get enough blood.
Most of all I enjoyed the feeling of being able to sort it all myself without being dependent on a stranger who may or may not be good at getting blood from my arm. And I loved not having to do a bus + tube + walk to Harley St.