How many Test Strips do you use in 1 month? Just Curious.

I seem to be a compulsive "tester".....I was just wondering if I am "out there" on how many Test Strips I use. I will say about 400-500 a month!!!! I get 300 a month covered on my insurance.

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I test 300 times a month =]
I test about 130 times per month, generly about 4-5 times per day. Only when I have either a high or low tests I watch to see if it is a trend. Are you under care of an Endocrinologist MD? A type 1 should not be with a General Practioner MD, they don't have the expertise to help you. One issue that causes me to swing is when I am under (self) caused nervous pressure. I then meditate and regain control. Dave

Test 300-350 times a month, under an Endocrinologist care.

I test 300 per month. I also have good insurance (it's good to be a Teamster)
Insurance says that's too much and Endo's imply that 300 is excessive. And maybe if I was perfect and lived in a mechanical world where nothing fluctuated or changed I would need less strips but the menotony of an unchanging world would likely drive me insane. I am using my Dexcom again so I am able to put aside a few test strips here and there, of course we cant tell any professionals about that or they would end that. I don't buy into the end of world prediction stuff but if something huge happened how long could you survive on the supplies you have now, 30, 60 90 days?

I think about this a lot, keeping a bit of a stash of supplies. I have had times where I've had a couple of months worth of insulin and 3 or 400 strips stashed. But my stash is totally depleted now bc I've been broke and had to dig into it. I live in an earthquake-prone area, so that is my big fear. But even if a big one came, I think the odds are that I'd have to make it through days or a week, probably not weeks or months. It is very rare that I'm on my last drops of humalog, so I think I shouldn't spend very much mental energy on this issue. lol I don't have a lot of stuff in my house or anything, but I think I have a bit of natural hoarder instinct.

I get a prescription filled base don 8/day on a 90 day supply. I actually us 3-4 per day and so I reorder based on a daily usage of 8 so I always have a minimum of 90 days supply, some times as much as 110-120 day supply.

My Medicare Advantage copay costs in NC with BCBS is $0

I keep a minimum of 20 Infusion sets and 20 Sensors on hand using the same usage to inventory formula.

8 to 10

My daughter uses about 300 a month.

About 250 (average testing 7 times a day...)

I use about 300 or more. I test about 10 to 12 times a day.

Well it is a fact that the more you test the better your control.. BUT if you have a teenager child - he hates testing he sometimes only test 3-4 times per day.
260 a month, more when I'm at country.




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