Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Genteel, My Review

Genteel was kind enough to send me one of their lancers to review. This was especially exciting for me because I have been curious about the Genteel for a while now and have hemmed and hawed many times over buying it. My friend Mary who uses it raved about it and urged me to try it. So what is this Genteel I’m talking about?

The Genteel is a lancing device that was created with the intention to draw a perfect drop of blood with no pain. It has these cool contact tips that draw blood from shallow lance site so the lancet doesn’t reach the pain nerves. It has a vacuum tube that actually helps draw out the blood. It can also be used to test pretty much anywhere on your body… How cool is that? It comes in a variety of colors, and I chose pink to match my meter case.

When my Genteel arrived, I was eager to try it and set it up right away. The process of setting it up was incredibly easy and in a few minutes I was ready to try it out. I also have to note that it comes with adorable stickers to decorate it with. The first time I used it, I was shocked. It was actually pain free. I didn’t even feel it, and it drew the perfect amount of blood for my test strips. I had previously watched multiple videos of kids saying it didn’t hurt at all. I even watched videos of parents testing their children’s blood sugar while they were sleeping, and they didn’t budge. But for some reason, it was so hard for me to believe that it could actually be pain free. I mean, the lancet is still going into your skin! But I tell you, those kids were not lying in their videos! It really is virtually painless, like some sort of magic.

The second day using it, I began to have a problem with it which I learned was a common issue, but easily fixed. I wasn’t getting enough blood for my test strips. I do have to note that my test strips do tend to require more blood than your average test strip. I e-mailed Genteel and asked for advice. They told me to switch to the next contact tip, which is yellow. The lancet penetrates slightly deeper. I was told that choosing your contact tip is finding a balance between comfort and drawing the right amount of blood. I was also told that if I found the yellow contact tip too painful, I should switch back to the blue and try either warming up the area first by rubbing it with my other hand for a couple of seconds, or I could try doing a slight pumping motion while the vacuum was activated. Those tips worked perfectly for me! Especially doing the pumping motion. I have finally settled on the yellow contact tip, which I don’t find painful.  I also have to note that the customer care at Genteel was very impressive.

One of the biggest appeals of the Genteel to me was the idea of giving my fingers a break. My poor finger. I had the tendency to test on one single finger all the time, and it was in pretty bad shape. The idea of being able to test in other places was such a cool concept to me. I have been using my palm, and my finger has gotten a well-deserved break and is beginning to heal! 

When I was hemming and hawing over whether or not to get the Genteel, part of it was because you have to hold it in place for 4-8 seconds, and I thought that time was too long for me. I’m a generally impatient person, and I didn’t like that idea, even though I thought it was great for kids. But a good point was brought up to me. When I test with my usual lancer, I poke again and again and it definitely takes 4-8 seconds or LONGER to squeeze the blood out. So really, it takes the same amount of time! I realize now it was a silly worry of mine, because I don’t find I have to use any patience while using my Genteel.

All in all, I’m very happy with my Genteel and I think it’ll be a long time before I use a regular lancer again. I highly recommend it to anyone who has trouble with the pain of testing or with worn out fingertips.

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