i wish i would have started doing the blood draws myself alot sooner than i had. i would drive 45 min to get it done. after the 2nd and third time i could not beleive i waited as long as i did, because it was so easy. it took maddie about a good 6 months though to get used to the priking when i started doing it. then eventually she would just start sticking out her finger for me to do it and get it over with the first month… she would cry cry!!! so be prepared for that. good luck!