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 a lot less now I'm on a CGM. Once it's calibrated in, as long as things are stable it's only 2 tests a day.
Anyone else ever found that you're recommended 8-10 times a day testing, and then when they go to write a prescription they'll write one for 100 strips a month?
I always had to point it out, and that it was about one third of what I'd use...
Also, problems at a pharmacy getting that many at once. The double takes and questions about the number of tests you do, etc...
This has happened several times...Kind of makes me wonder how many people truly do test this much for them to not have the numbers readily available in their minds.
The nurse practitioner agreed to write a prescription for 300 a month but wouldn't change the testing recommendation on it to more than 6x a day. Sooooo, of course, my insurer won't pay for the 300. They would if he changed the per day recommendation. The nurse practicioner was incredulous that I tested between 8 and 10 times a day on most days. He can't wrap his head around the fact that before and after every meal is 6, then there's before bed, then goodness knows how many times if a low happens or I start to spike for some reason. And of course, if I work out, which is most days, there's before and after the workout. I end up using the presription meter only for meals and bought one with much cheaper strips for everything else. Sucks for consistency, but it's saving me a lot of money.
That's a perfect example of what I mean.
You can do 8 EASILY by this easy to explain method, and if you workout; that's easily another 3 or 4 (once before a workout, one during and one after...so as many as 5 or 6 if things aren't going to plan during), but no. They don't seem to be able to wrap their heads around the total sum. They act like you're trying to fool them out of large prescriptions...
I use 200-250 strips per month, sometimes more if BG is out of range or I'm ill. A1C has been in the 5's for the last couple of years.
I use about 200 a month. I mean 6-7 a day. If I'm sick 10-15 times. and...my last A1c is %6.8 maybe I should check it more.
I average between 8 and 10 a day. So...not that far from you really. All I can say is don't ever let anyone tell you that you test to much. Never guess. If you are testing because you are terrified that your blood sugar is "out of control" that is a diferent issue. But, if you just like to know where you are at than I don't see that it is an issue. Like so many things in this life, there is that extra out of pocket expense, but sometimes, you just gotta know!
I had a phone conversation with a pharmasist once and after she said I tested to much I asked her, "Are you telling me that I don't need to test my blood sugar to know what it is?" She changed her tune rather quickly.
I test at least 4 times per day. I have changed to a grocery store brand strips & meter saving over $750 per year (88% savings). No advertisement here but the grocery store starts with a "K". Good luck.
Yes, I like testing a lot. It's the best way of helping keep our BG levels down. Now i've been cut back by the insurance to 200 ! So I'm trying to get back to at least 300, preferably more.
They're expensive - do you bear the cost of the extras?
150-200 per month
I do about the same that you do. :)