The Sugar Finger

Sticky fingers. Finger lickin’ good. Finger food. Wrapped around your finger. Can’t put your finger on it. Fingers crossed. Finger on the pulse. Butter fingers. Point the finger. Finger on the button.┬áSlip through your fingers.

We have a lot of finger phrases. I have a new another one to add to the list:

Sugar finger: the finger that when checking your blood sugar with a finger stick, results in a consistently and significantly higher blood sugar reading than the other fingers.

I saw one definition online calling the middle finger the sugar finger, which is also fitting because I definitely wanted to give my meter the middle finger. Twice now, I’ve checked my blood sugar on one finger and was shocked by the high number. Something in my gut told me this wasn’t right (and of course this happens when my sensor is updating, or warming up, or already at the top of the graph so it couldn’t be counted on). So I washed my hands and checked another finger on the other hand. Sure enough it was at least a 100 points lower. So I check a third one just to be sure that the lower reading is accurate. Yup, it’s confirmed. I’ve had fingers be off before, but never so drastically, and two different days. I’m just glad that I didn’t correct based on the higher, inaccurate reading.

Right hand, index finger. The sugar finger.

Taking that finger out of rotation for a little while.

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