(None of this constitutes medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or CDE for recommendations about your or your child’s diabetes care.)
I’ll admit, I am very set in my ways. I am reluctant to change. And when something is working, I don’t like to shake things up.
I had heard several people mention that they like the Multiclix lancing device. During a phone conversation with the CDE, I asked her about the Multiclix and she said she would send me a sample of that and also the OneTouch Delica lancing device.
Some people like the Delica lancing device because the lancets are very fine gauge and hurt less. I decided against it because you have to handle the individual lancets.
The Multiclix has a drum that holds 6 lancets and you never have to see the sharp lancet.
We had been using the lancing device that came with our Abbott FreeStyle meter, which we had been using since diagnosis. I really like the FreeStyle meter and I l-o-v-e the butterfly FreeStyle test strips. I had just never given the lancing device a second thought.
But let me tell you not all lancing devices (and lancets) are created equal!
At the same time that I received samples of the two lancing devices, Q began testing her own blood sugar. It was not easy for her small hands to insert the FreeStyle lancet into the lancing device, twist off the cap without accidentally poking herself, lance her finger, and pop the lancet back into the cap (again without accidentally poking herself), and get it out to dispose of. I’m sure she would have gotten better at it with practice, but why make things difficult when you can make them easy?
Everyone in our family finds the Multiclix incredibly easy to use. We like the drum. I wish there was a way to only use each lancet once (it lets you use it over and over again if you want to). And I think the school appreciates that there aren’t pokey lancets to accidentally stick the nurse or teacher when they test her. When you pull out the used drum, they are self-contained.
Roche sent me, as well as other attendees of past Social Media Summits, the new FastClix lancing device to try out. We used the FastClix for about a week until we had gone through all the lancet drums they sent us. It does require one less step, which I suppose is easier for some people, but we are so used to the Multiclix now that I don’t think we would ever switch.
In fact my husband accidentally stabbed himself with the lancet on his palm and was not happy. I accidentally lanced myself too. With the Multiclix, you press down on the end to prime and then push a small button to lance. With the FastClix, both steps are combined when you press the end.
Ouch! It really hurts when you aren’t expecting it!
I do like that the FastClix is a little shorter because the Multiclix doesn’t fit easily on some meter cases. I just hope they don’t stop making the Multiclix.
Also of note, there is no reason why someone has to use the same brand of lancing device as they do blood glucose meter. I still get questioned at the pharmacy sometimes. Just yesterday when I picked up a 90-day supply of test strips and a 90-day supply of lancets, the pharmacist asked me if I realized I was getting two different brands. Yes I do, thank you.
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Disclosure: Roche did not ask me to try or write about the Multiclix. We heard about it from the DOC and got a prescription. Roche did send me a FastClix and a few lancet drums but did not ask me to write about it. My relationship with Roche and my attendance at their Social Media Summits in no way shaped this post. Read my entire disclosure statement.