We use the Accu View Aviva. Mainly because that is what they gave us in the hospital. I have a couple of different meters coming for free so that I can try those but I thought I would ask here and see what everyone thought. Thanks for the input.
I have used many over the years, but am currently using the Freestyle CozMonitor that is used in conjunction with the Cozmo pump. I was already using the Freestyle Flash before going on the pump, so it was an easy transition for me. I still use the Flash as my backup meter -- they use the same strips.
We use the Freestyle Flash. It's small - but best of all, it not only has a backlit screen, but also a small light that shines on the end of the test strip that's really helpful for those late night checks. (The strips are not cheap, though, so I hope you have good insurance!)
I love my freestyle flash so much I ditched the Paradigm Link meter that talks to my pump. I have been partial to the freestyle platform since the first one they came out with that allowed alternate site testing.
Abbott has two software programs available for uploading the Freestyle data to the PC. The CoPilot lets you upload the meters AND will import from the CozMonitor software and the Precision Xtra if you happen to use that for blood ketone testing, so you get pump and multiple meter data all in one place. If you have the new Cozmo software, they are still working on a fix and it is temporarily not importable, but will be again soon. I purchased the cable, but the software is free on Abbott's website. I asssume once the Navigator is available, it will also be incorporated into this program as well.
Ditto the Cozmonitor, though my backup is a OneTouch UltraSmart. I realized recently that my stock of strips for the UltraSmart would be out of date soon, so I've been working away at them at home.
My first one was an Ultra and I've also used the TrueTrack ones that you can get as store brand b/c the strips were less expensive when I didn't have insurance. Haven't had much chance to branch out as they're all so darn expensive though.
Anyone using the new UltraMinis? They have different colored ones (pink, apple green, black, and silver w/navy) that make me want to accessorize :)
I use the BD meter that goes with my MiniMed pump, but pre-pump I used a OneTouch Ultra. I am thinking about going back. I have another doctors appointment in August and this may be something I discuss with my doctor.
I used to hang out with the B-D pump simply because it automatically communicated with my pump. That was until I found out that it can give you false readings (well, that and they're discontinuing production of the test strips at the end of this year) Then I went to the Accu-Chek Aviva. Like the feel of that one, and it has some big test strips too. Nothing like checking a low BG and you can't get the darn test stip out and loaded because your hands are too shaky.
Thanks for all of the input. I am going to look into the Freestyle Flash. I really like the idea of the backlight. I seem to have to check blood glucose levels quite a bit in the middle of the night. We have an appointment with the endo in July and I am going to talk to them about it then.
I use the OneTouch UltraSmart and quite like all the memory functions. I was given a One Touch Basic at the hospital and have been using the brand ever since. I recently got a Cozmo insulin pump, so I would like to be able to use the attached Cozmonitor, but Freestyle isn't a "preferred brand" on my insurance like the One Touch is, so I would have to pay about double the copay for my test strips. We all know how expensive those little things are, and testing 10x a day, the extra cost would add up too quickly!
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