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Well bit of an exaggeration in the grand scheme of things, but this morning thats what it feels like to me. Tried and failed miserably at the finger prick blood tests. Can’t get T3 tested in staffordshire, and really want to help myself to get well, so thought the private finger prick test was the solution. Used all four needles, followed instructions to the letter. Literally got four drops of blood in total. Anyone else had the same problem please, or is it just me being a complete failure!

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I think lots of people have issues so don't worry. Yoy can ring the company for more supplies.

Helpful hints I have read - drink lots if water the night before. Immerse fingers in hot water to increase blood flow. Am sure others will along soon with heloful hints ... 😊

I cant get any blood out as it is a real pain to keep cutting and squeezing. The blood must clot up pretty well. So i have to go with the extra £25 to have my blood taken at the hospital when done through medichecks. I only do it once per year and am due to go next week.

Same here. I ended up breaking all the lancets when trying to do vit D test and had to use a kitchen knife. So I go to the Spire Hospital for the blood draw.

Bloody hell Angel, a kitchen knife! That sounds quite drastic! Lol! 🤸🏿‍♀️

SeasideSusie
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What did you do to prepare for the test to get the blood flowing? Had you seen previous posts with tips about doing this test?

Some people find them easy, some find them almost impossible.

I've done many fingerprick tests so have learned a few tricks. This is what I do

* Be well hydrated, drink plenty of water the day before, and before you do the test.

* Some people take a shower before hand, some run up and down the stairs to get blood flowing. Personally, as I can't run up and down the stairs, I circle my arm round, windmill style.

* Have a bowl full of hot water, dip hand in and out, swish around, hand needs to go red. If blood flow stops, you can always swish round in the hot water again.

* Stand up to do the test. Make sure your arm is straight down when collecting the blood. Either use a small step stool to raise yourself well above the work surface, or put the collection tube on a lowish shelf.

* Prick finger on the side, not the tip. I find that half way between the nail bed and tip is about right, or maybe slightly nearer the nail bed rather than the tip. I use my ring finger, but middle finger is next best for me.

* Do not squeeze your finger to get the blood out, it can damage the blood and it may not be usable

I've recently done 2 tests. The first one there was very little blood coming out which was unusual for me so I used a second finger and between the two I gradually filled the tube. However, when I checked the prick site for the first finger the actual cut was very small and as I've had some of these lancets fail before I put it down to that. When I did the second test this week this is what I did

* Prick my finger as usual, make a very slight twist with the lancet whilst blade is still in the finger. I'm not talking 90 degrees or anything, just a very slight twist to make the cut just slightly bigger, it doesn't hurt or cause a blood bath! This made a big difference, 11 generous drops of blood filled the tube in less 2 minutes.

If you supplement with Biotin, or a B complex containing it (B7), leave it off for 3-5 days before doing any blood tests as it can give false results if biotin is used in the testing procedure.

What a brilliant set of instructions! Bookmarked! Thank you. :)

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Great tips thank you. My fingers ( all four), bruised afterwards. Wouldn’t have minded if i’d been successful ☹️. I’ve emailed Medichecks, who have replied and said they will resend the kit. My DIL is a specialist nurse, don’t know why the eck I didn’t get her to do it for me. Guess i thought it would be easy, ha ha. Kind regards.

humanbean
humanbean
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You've responded to me, not SeasideSusie who wrote the instructions. You have to click on the reply button below the actual post you are replying to. I've alerted SeasideSusie now, though, so she'll read your response. :)

Good luck for the next time.

If you get your DIL to take blood for you then you need a different kind of kit - not the fingerprick kit but the kit for taking blood from a vein in the elbow, like the NHS uses all the time.

SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
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As Humanbean has said, if your DIL is going to take the blood then you need the venous blood draw kit not the fingerprick kit. If you haven't ordered that, give Medichecks a ring urgently before they post the new kit out to you.

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Hi SeasideSusie, i’ve emailed medichecks and they are happy to send me the venous kit if needs be. The lady there, Vanessa has been really helpful and quick to respond. She did say they can usually do the checks with very little blood. Thanks folks for all your help and replies.

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in reply to SeasideSusie

I’ve printed these tips for my ‘thyroid’ folder. All great, thinking the slight twist will make the difference 💉

shaws
shawsAdministrator
in reply to SeasideSusie

I agree with @humanbean :)

No, I’m used to finger pricking for diabetic blood sugar tests, but when it came to getting blood in phials it took 1 hour, 9 fingers well punctured, and just a few drops of well clotted blood around phial lip...so gave up!

My GP nurse draws blood for my Medichecks tests at same time as the

m7-cola
m7-cola
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Sorry.. same time as taking blood for the NHS tests. No charge is made for this.

Thank you everyone for replies. Much appreciated. And thank you to everyone who helps out and advises on here. I have learnt so much from you guys. Kind regards.

I have found the best thing (after windmilling!) is not to think about it - while you are doing it, have something on going on in your brain. I think this helps as half the time we are too tentitive.

So here is something to visualise next time you try. I usually use a syringe needle for the stabbing bit as they are sharp and sterile, just because I have them around. I farm and you never know when something may need a dose of something or other, so I keep some syringes and needles in the fridge. Yes, I do use a new needle, but visualise me stabbing myself and then slowly transforming into a sheep, having used the needle to inject wormer into a sheep. I hope that mental image hel......baa!

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