Keeping track of how much glucose (sugar) is in your blood is an important part of self-care when you have diabetes. This will give you a glimpse into how your body is doing, and if you need to make any changes.
Set up your device
First, let’s get started by setting up your device. Follow these simple steps:
- Fully charge your meter. (Plug in your USB charger to the port on the bottom of the meter. This is the charging port.)
- Wait at least 30 minutes after charging your device before you check your blood sugar.
- After the meter is charged, press and hold the power button for four seconds to turn on your meter.
- Follow the steps on your meter to set up your location and language preferences.
Prep your tools
Next, it’s time to get everything ready.
1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Dry them off thoroughly.
2. Take out a fresh lancet from your Welcome Kit. Insert the square end of that lancet into the top of your lancing device. Make sure the lancet is firmly in place.
3. Twist off the circular cap from the lancet. This will expose the lancet needle.
4. Place the lancing device cover over the lancet and screw it into place. Set the puncture depth to the number that’s best for you. (Choose 0 - 1.5 for delicate skin, 2 - 3.5 for normal skin, and 4 - 5 for calloused skin.) Do not poke your skin just yet.
5. Take out a fresh test strip from the test strip vial. Remember, never use expired test strips.
6. Insert the white end of the test strip into the hole at the top of your meter. This should “wake up your meter” if it’s in sleep mode.
Check your blood sugar
Now it’s time to check your blood sugar.
1. Pull back the barrel on the bottom of your lancing device. You will know the barrel is cocked when you hear a gentle click.
2. Place the top of the lancing device against your fingertip. Try to avoid the pad of your fingertip since the skin is thicker there. Instead, aim toward the side of the fingertip.
3. Hold the lancing device firmly against your finger. Click the release button and set down your lancing device. You should see a tiny poke in your skin where a drop of blood will form. If no drop forms, squeeze that finger to push blood to the surface.
4. Pick up your blood glucose meter. It should say “Apply Blood to the Strip.” Gently touch the loaded strip against that drop of blood. The strip chamber will draw the blood upward. Keep the strip pressed to the blood droplet until the strip chamber is full.
5. Wait while your meter checks your blood sugar. Do not move or touch the meter screen until it is done.
Lastly, review your blood sugar reading.
1. Your meter will prompt you to add a “meal tag” to say when you last ate. Select the appropriate meal tag.
2. Then select a “feeling tag” to note how you are feeling.
3. Your reading should appear after about five seconds. The meter will show personalized directions based on your results.
4. When you are done, unscrew the cap of your lancing device. Pull out the used lancet and dispose of it safely.
And there you have it!
Ask your doctor how often they recommend you check your blood sugar. These simple checks will help you stay in sync with your body and take care of yourself.