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"Then that means I'm doing a horribly incompetent job of getting my blood sample. But I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong. "

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adjust the "sticker" for a deeper shot.
You can also buy a different "impaler" from drug stores - but they all can be adjusted to provide a
deeper penetration or a shallower penetration. I found that all the adjustments can "miss the mark"
at times - and you just have to try again.
The test strips can also be funny at times.

Howie52
Trying times tend to cause tender fingers.
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Which finger are you using and where on the finger are you setting the lancet?

Fuskie
Who notes most people who are diabetic probably try to avoid being so drunk or stoned that they can't do glucose level tests since they probably wouldn't be in any condition to respond to a high or low glucose levels...

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I've been using the ring finger of my left hand (since I'm right-handed). I use the point between the center and side of the fingertip.

Now you have me wondering if I'm using the wrong location and a different part of the finger or different finger would be better.
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That seems like the right finger and location. Your lancet should have a depth setting where you can set how deep the needle pokes into your skin. Perhaps try to set that deeper.

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Who notes there should also be instructions with your testing kit that gives you tips for how to produce a good sample...

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Your lancet should have a depth setting where you can set how deep the needle pokes into your skin. Perhaps try to set that deeper.
The lancet does NOT come with a depth setting. The lancets stink, and Everlywell should either find better ones or provide more of them and more collection cards. I have yet to get it right the first time.

Who notes there should also be instructions with your testing kit that gives you tips for how to produce a good sample...
I followed the instructions, but they're not good enough.
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You can buy lancets off Amazon without a prescription. If yours doesn't do the job, look for a low cost, high rated device. Most have the lancing device and the lancets are sold separately.

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Who notes notes the lancets should only be used once then be disposed of in a sharps container...

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You can buy lancets off Amazon without a prescription.

I'd do that if I needed to draw blood on a regular basis. Fortunately, I don't have to.

What stops Everlywell from providing better lancets in the first place? It would save them the hassle of dealing with people like me.
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The lancet does NOT come with a depth setting. The lancets stink

Earlywell obviously uses the lowest-cost device, which is no surprise. Most people have no problem--because otherwise they would be overwhelmed with "send me more because it failed again" requests.

Lancing devices are less than $20 and last for years. Get a good one and use it. Use the appropriate lancets to get the blood sample you want. Again, cheap for what you claim you want to do.
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So, does that mean that for all you're suggesting folk follow your example of high dose Vit D supplementation, you still don't know your level?
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So, does that mean that for all you're suggesting folk follow your example of high dose Vit D supplementation, you still don't know your level?

I won't know my current Vitamin D level until I get my test results, which involves a long chain of events. That includes waiting for the replacement lancets and collection cards, parsing everything just right in my next attempt, sending in my sample, and waiting for the test result to be available.
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Everlywell obviously uses the lowest-cost device, which is no surprise. Most people have no problem--because otherwise they would be overwhelmed with "send me more because it failed again" requests.

Then that means I'm doing a horribly incompetent job of getting my blood sample. But I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong.
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"Then that means I'm doing a horribly incompetent job of getting my blood sample. But I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong. "

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adjust the "sticker" for a deeper shot.
You can also buy a different "impaler" from drug stores - but they all can be adjusted to provide a
deeper penetration or a shallower penetration. I found that all the adjustments can "miss the mark"
at times - and you just have to try again.
The test strips can also be funny at times.

Howie52
Trying times tend to cause tender fingers.
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