The Glucose Meter Shuffle.
More Six Until Me. Aug 11, 2011, 2:58 pm
I have several One Touch meters, a Freestyle one, and a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor that I consult on a regular basis. (Not usually at the same time, but I have been doing multiple checks recently. More on that below.) I also have an Agamatrix meter and an Accu-chek one, somewhere in the diabetes cupboard in the bathroom, only without any strips that aren’t expired.
And I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to glucose meters. The variability of these machines makes me crazy in the head, and it caused me a lot of grief when I was pregnant, because my blood sugar goal range at that point was so tight and so specific, and any variability was huge for me. (I shared some samples of wonky results in this post.)
In the last few weeks, I’ve been doing some experimenting with my meters, inspired by at-home research conducted by Stacey at The Girl with the Portable Pancreas. It’s an messy process, which includes testing with several meters at one and trying to grab a photo. It’s also messy because it involves the people at One Touch (because they provided me with some spare strips after I spoke with them about my meter issues and I have a running dialog with them about this problem), my insurance company (because I had to work with them to get a partial prescription covered for a batch of Freestyle strips), and my patience (because I’m short on that due to the aforementioned).
So far, I’ve noticed a few trends: The Freestyle meter almost always runs higher than my One Touch meters. I’m not su … Read the Rest