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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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.
I use about 300 or more. I test about 10 to 12 times a day.
3-4 times a day is better than nothing. So if I was you I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. He will be fine.