When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1992, I was given a One Touch meter in the hospital and I used it for many years. But around 10-12 years ago my Endo’s office had given me a Freestyle Lite meter and it had become my favorite for all these years.

Until March of this year when I had to switch due to my insurance only covering 3 types of One Touch meters. No other brand is covered by my insurance. And then when I went online to order one, the one I’d picked was out of stock so I then only had 2 to choose from. *sigh*

Most people think a meter is a meter, right? Yes. But not really. In the first few days I compared results from both the Freestyle and the One Touch. The One Touch consistently ran 20-30 points higher. That could be a big difference when I take a correction bolus based on that number. But even that I could live with. Because I can feel when I’m too high/low most times.

But one of the biggest differences that I’m struggling with is the fact that with my Freestyle if I put a drop of blood on the strip and it wasn’t quite enough I had a couple of seconds to add more before the result posted on the screen. Not so much with the One Touch. When I put a drop on the strip, and I only get one shot (#pardonthepun). If I don’t put enough then I get an error and I have to use (waste) a test strips. Those don’t grow on trees, and I am limited on the quantity I’m given each month, so it’s a little frustrating.

Frustrating because I don’t get a chance to add to the sample – after 27 years of pricking my finger 6-8x a day (if you do the math then that number would be over 68,000 times since my diagnosis. So I clearly have some callouses on my finger tips and sometimes it doesn’t gush out a big enough drop of blood.

But also because I have only one meter that I can use. It goes back to the root issue for me of not being able to use the tools I should be able to use in order to manage my diabetes the way I need to be able to manage it. Can I check my blood sugar daily with what I have? Yes. And for that I am thankful. But it’s not the way I would choose to do it, if I were given the choice.

About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on for 21 years; most recently on the Medtronic pump and Dexcom CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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1 Response to Choices

  1. Rick Phillips says:

    There are many terrific strip and meter programs out there. Some less than the cost of the paying the insurance deductible with unlimited strips and meters. Keep looking a meter is not a meter and strips are not just strips. Good luck, it is worth searching for.

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