I would like to know if anyone has had an infection from NOT using alcohol swabs on their fingers before checking their blood glucose when using a glucometer with strips (not a CGMS) ?
Has anyone had an infection from not using alcohol swabs at their injection site before injecting (pen, syringe)?
Has anyone had an infection or bad reaction from not alcohol swabbing the top of the insulin pen or the insulin vial?
This assumes that we have not been playing in dirt and that we exercise good judgment. (I'd probably wash my hands with soap and water and the injection site too if I had played in dirt. ;-))
If the insulin vial or insulin pen is dirty or has been exposed to dirt, how does wiping it with alcohol help?
These may seem like "stupid" questions, but with all the supplies, the checking, the monitoring, the counting of carbs, figuring out whether I may have gluten sensitivity, I'd like to focus on what's important (not going into hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic reaction and maintaining good control- between 90 and 140). The nurse/dietician looked at me and asked, "You don't clean your abdomen before you inject?"
Thanks in advance for your comments and experiences.