Sherry Ann, I too have had this horrible disease for a long time, 51 years this year. So, like me you went through 20+ years of peeing onto strips of paper to get a useless result that told you that you had been high in the time since you last tested. So along came glucometers and all of a sudden we were getting accurate information.You could do a blood test in less time than it took the Tes-tape to turn green. The price of course was that nasty little sting when you used the lancet to draw blood. So nasty that BB King was doing commercials for some new slim lancet that didn’t hurt so much (cry me a river, eh?) I probably started off changing the lancet frequently, even once per test. That soon went by the wayside and as I had to carry the meter with me and wanted as little fuss as possible, I reduced the changing of the lancet to daily, to when I thought about it, to thinking about it very rarely, My last lancet, which I just changed may have been in the lance for as long as two years. I test about six times a day, actually.
I changed because I wanted to examine that lancet, which I did by taking a picture on the “macro’” setting and zooming it. I found the tip shows no sign of deformity, and there is a stain far down the shaft, though I can’t say whether the tip is dulled from use. Perhaps you are using one of those ultra-slim lancets, which may not hold up as well.
Oh, I have been finger printed since starting using a lancet (I worked for the government with other people’s personal info, and also for charitable work with children) and was never questioned about the pointillist tattoos on my fingertips. Even they fade after a while.
Anyway, I thank you for this thoughtful and well written article. I am sure it made a lot of people look at their lancing practices, as it did me. I’m going to make a note to change lancets at the equinoctes (Spring and fall, eh?) I hope you go on to perform many, many blood tests!