Blood Sugar Meters – Not all are alike

Freestyle Lite Meter

Freestyle Lite Meter

Is one blood sugar meter as good as the next?

The Wood Family says, “NO!”

Since our family of three diabetics recently changed insurance, we had to start using new blood sugar testing meters.  We were using the Freestlyle Lite’s for many, many years but the new insurance does not cover the test strips.  As any diabetic knows, the test strips are extremely expensive so we had to switch.

Accu-chek Meter

Accu-chek Meter

Our options were Accu-Chek or the One Touch.  I chose the Accu-Chek Nano because it was the one that most looked like the Freestyle Lite meter.  I filled the prescription of the strips and bought 3 meters and thought we were in business.  Well, when I brought the new meters home to my family you would have thought I brought home a bag of live snakes.  They did not want anything to do with them.  Getting them to just try the meter required me threatening to never buy them another skinny mocha from Starbucks again.

OneTouch Ultra2 Meter

OneTouch Ultra2 Meter

Once they tried it, it did not get any better.  The new meter requires at least twice as much blood and often gives an error message requiring re-testing.  I am sure to the insurance companies changing their meters shouldn’t be this big of a deal.  It has turned into a very big deal in the Wood house.  Let’s face it diabetes stinks and when you find something you like, you just want to keep it! Anyway, wish me luck.  I am off to the pharmacy to buy a single One Touch meter to have them all try.  (Fingers Crossed)

Tricia Wood

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