I now have a glucometer, what’s next?
The doctor gave you detailed instructions on what to do, but if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with all the information, get started with the doctor’s orders first.
Note down your target blood sugar range and set reminders for when you are advised to monitor your glucose. They might have also told you about the steps to take for when your levels are not within the target range, so jot the instructions down, too. If some things about these aspects confuse you, don’t hesitate to contact your physician.
Afterward, take the glucometer package and read through the directions. Most glucose meters work the same way, but there could be little differences in instructions. For instance, some brands ask you to press a button to turn the device on, while others automatically power up once you insert the test strip.
Once you’re comfortable with the device, you’ll be more confident when it’s time to measure your blood sugar levels.
What do I need before checking my sugar?
Before the scheduled check, do the following:
- Prepare the equipment, which includes the glucometer itself, test strips, lancets, and lancing device. If you don’t have a lancing device, the lancet will do.
- Prepare some alcohol pads (or cotton pads and alcohol).
- Don’t forget to prepare a sharps box. If you don’t have one, a non-transparent and puncture-proof container will suffice. Label it with “Used sharps. Do not recycle.”
- Have sealed containers for the test strips and alcohol pads.
- Prepare a notebook to record your blood glucose measurements. You’ll bring this record each time you visit the doctor.
How do I perform the test?
Once you’ve prepared everything, you’re now ready to measure your blood sugar.