I’ve used the same meter for as long as I can remember. I always just go with whatever freebie the dr has given me and for the last several years it’s been a Freestyle Lite. I love it because it’s tiny and it takes an itty bitty amount of blood. After 20 years.. some days (ok most days) it’s hard to squeeze out much more than that itty bitty drop.
I started out using One Touch (I still have it – it was a big ‘un), and I think I probably used an Accu-Chek here and there. I have no ill opinions of any brands up to this point, just always have been of the opinion “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
Well then I found out that my new insurance only covers One Touch and Accu-Chek. And today I find out even that list is limited. They are going to give me a free meter and my copays for strips/lancets will be free … so I’ll be switching. I was really hoping I could get the Verio IQ — but no such luck.
My Accu-Chek choices were the Nano, the Aviva, or the Compact Plus. My One Touch options were the Ultra 2 or the Ultra Mini.
While this poor lady (who was very nice) on the phone was going through the descriptions of each meter, I was feverishly searching them online so I could see pics. I’d seen/heard of them all at one point or another. But my biggest thing I was searching for was – how big is the meter (will it still fit in my cute cupcake pouch. Priorities, right, Karen? 😉 ) and how small of a sample will it take.
I felt a little under pressure having to decide on the spot … so I went with the AccuChek Nano. It was small, requires a very small sample, and shows before/after meals option. We’ll see how it works. Has anyone used this one before. If so, do you have any feedback – positive/negative?
Next up on the agenda is talking to my dr about switching from Humalog to Novolog, which is the only brand our insurance covers apparently.