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  •  In both hospitals I was in (7+ / 0-)

    the nurses also let my spouse keep portions of my favorite yogurt and veggie juice in their fridge.  Both beat the heck out of what the hospital had in stock.  (Knudson's makes a really tasty no salt added veggie juice.)

    Note there are blood sugar meters that can use a small blood sample from an arm or thigh--much less painful than fingersticks!  

    (Monitoring blood sugars is a really good idea if on steroids--they can push sugar levels into the high hundreds easily.)  If Leaves has to be on steroids a while you might acquire a meter that will let you do this (I use Freestyle, but I think Accucheck makes one that will do this as well.  Just look for alternative site monitoring.  The only caveat is if sugars under 70 verify reading with a fingertip sample.  I've never seen much difference but in some the readings can be off when sugar levels are low.)

    And please pass warmest birthday greetings and best wishes to Leaves.  

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    by barbwires on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:57:51 AM PST

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    •  most hospitals will not (3+ / 0-)
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      let you bring in your own blood sugar monitor.

      they always insisted on using their own for consistency's sake with their other records.

      but if they will let you use your own, then the alternative site testing ones are so much less painful

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52:18 PM PST

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      •  I used my own last February (3+ / 0-)
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        pre and post heart surgery in a large hospital center.  The only time the hospital used theirs was in the CCU.  I just told them I wanted to do this and showed them my testing logbook and A1C data.  They performed one check to make sure the reading I got was reasonably consistent with theirs--it differed by only 2 mg/dl; then they were fine with it.

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        by barbwires on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:04:41 PM PST

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