Hi everyone -- I'm less than a month into testing my blood glucose levels, and bit by bit I'm getting a method that works. But I figure I could save myself (and maybe some other people) some suffering by getting advice...
 How do you prepare your fingers? Do you wash with soap and water every time? The water at our house takes forever to run warm but using it cold doesn't work. I've done some tests without cleaning if I've washed my hands recently but I'm curious if this is safe.
Also on preparing, do you shake your arm, or run your other hand over your wrist, hand, and finger.. or what? I've had to re-do way too many tests because no blood came out and I think some of those problems must be due to not enough prep.
 How often do you change your lancets? I've read both Dr. Bernstein's book and Jenny Ruhl's book (links on my first blog post, excellent reads) and they rarely change. I've noticed, though, that changing every morning seems about right for me.
Any other tips?
Thanks in advance!