The testing continues

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  • #2516

    Johnson
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    So week 2 of the testing. With the knowledge that
    UA levels can fluctuate even throughout the day,
    and given the advice that the best time to
    test is in the morning on an empty stomach,
    that is what I did today.

    I actually had some slight gout pains in my
    right toe and ankle… it “felt” like I
    was very acidic this morning.

    But the results showed otherwise.

    Actually, I had a bit of trouble
    with the tester and it was a good
    experience to see how to best
    use it and the variance it can
    produce.

    When I used the tester last week,
    it seemed like I did it perfectly.
    I put one drop on the tester and
    squeezed a bit more blood and it
    filled up the testing strip area
    perfectly without overflowing.

    This week, I put a drop of blood
    on but it only covered about half
    the area, and I think my finger
    was at a weird angle to it. By
    the time I tried to reposition it,
    seconds were ticking by and I thought:
    eh, just leave it.

    And the result was a 4.4. I thought
    that has to be way too low.

    So then I redid the test with a new
    strip and a new prick of a different
    finger.

    This time I made sure to position myself
    well and squeezed a good amount before
    dabbing the strip. This time it
    filled up the strip completely and
    actually was more than the previous
    week. It seemed like I erred slightly
    on the side of too much blood.

    But the result was a 6.0… down from
    7.7, which is a big improvement. I
    have to think the result was fairly
    accurate as far as the blood, but
    also that doing it in the morning
    probably made a big difference in
    the score.

    In any case, I’m in a good mood
    about my improved score.

  • #2546

    Keith Taylor
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    Ŧallars: Ŧ 1010.97
    GoutPal Scholar Badge Rank: Scholar

    You’re taking me right back to my testing days! 😀

    It takes a little getting used to. But, once you get into a routine, it’s easy. The trick is to reduce the number of variables as much as you can. It might seem petty to always sit in the same chair. And, always place your equipment in the same place. But, that attention to detail reaps rewards.

    It’s sensitive kit, so all efforts to get consistent drop size are worth it. I also used to focus on cleanliness, as skin contaminants can affect results. I’m not saying medical cleaning swabs are necessary. But commonsense avoidance of skin contaminants is good.

    I’m excited about seeing more results. And, I’m impressed by the way you’ve made this personal forum your own. You might also think about recording those gout symptoms.

  • #2579

    Johnson
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    just tested again, first time was 4.3, blood didnt fill up the area.
    tested again, and used too much blood , it was 7.4… so yes a very
    sensitive kit. really seems to depend on how much blood is used.
    have to keep practicing with it so there’s just enough blood to
    fill the area and not more.

  • #2585

    Keith Taylor
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    GoutPal Scholar Badge Rank: Scholar


    It’s a learning curve, Johnson. Annoying sometimes, but it gets easier as you learn.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m sure this helps other readers who are going through similar situations with new uric acid test kits.

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