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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As a T1 for 37 yrs I have strong feelings about those to test themseleves something like 10 times a day, every single day. That is just craziness! But I can see doing it on a big workout day, or during an ilness.
we all do what we need to do...period...we know our body better than anyone else...
especially after 75 years w. t1
a) if you want to catch someone doing something bad online, investigate them and bring them to justice. If someone were selling naked pictures of the Kardashians on ebay, they would have a "cease and desist" letter in about 5 minutes. I'm somewhat aware of the expenses involved (I investigate claims for an insurance company...) but it would not cost a ridiculous amount to find these people, find out with whom they are insured, notify the insurer and go after them. I am certain that it is expensive to have the machinery they have in place to deal with complaints which, in my experience, has always led to the insurer backing down and providing what my doctor has already recommended.
B) re your "craziness" allegation, even though I have an "amazing CGM, I still run 12-14 tests most days.
1) wake up, test bg
2) before eating test BG
3) before driving to work test bg
4) 2 hours after eating test bg
5) lunch test BG
6) 2 hours post lunch test bg
7) drive home test BG
8) get home, run 3 miles...oh wait, don't forget to test your bg!
9) post-exercise maybe, maybe not, maybe eat dinner and, you guessed it, test BG
10) 2 hours post BG, test BG ****AGAIN****
12) stay up late? Maybe squeeze in another one, what if you have errands to run, what if you want to exercise more (when it's nicer out, I'll run 6-7 miles during the week, more on the weekends...a lot of times, I'll run a long run on Saturday and then a 20ish mile bike ride for fun, speed and recovery on Sunday...there's several extra strips in there...).
I don't quite have a "normal" A1C and I am certain that anyone who saw me jogging in my lime-green compression socks would go "he is crazy" but I don't believe that I am "crazy" about my blood sugar.
+1 a thousand times!
As Ihave written before, I am in England and my medical care is by the NHS. We pay for it by National Insurance and it was originally set up [in 1947¬!] as free at the point of use and available to all insured persons equally only on the grounds of need. That ideal has slipped a bit, but the principles seem to hang on. I have scoured EBay looking at strips for sale and I have once bought a pack. It had evidence of a pharmacy label removed. since all supplies prescribed for diabetics are Free. [Other people may have to pay prescription charges],Someone received this pack free an then sold it. I complained to eBay and they said they couldn't trace any of this highly illegal practise. Surely though in the USA, the healh insurance companies cold do something about it.
I would like the NHS to set up systems to stop it happening too. I can think of ways of doing it.So cleverere folks shouod be able to too.
I would be alarmed were my care to be using a 1947 model! eeek!
I'm T2 on minimal medication and LC diet. I do know how to use my information to control bg. For examole, I test against new foods and daily patterns. I can cut back on "Spiking" foods or even cut them out. I maintain a Low [NORMAL] bg. Current meter average is 4.8 [86.4] on 2 X daily Metformin 500 and 2 x daily testing. Always including fasting.
I'm in England, but that wasn't a study I contributed to.
I couldn't keep so tight without testing. Unfortunately the medical folks are always looking for justification for reducing strips. They wouldn't teach patients to use my method. I met a womwn the other day who has been instructe to test every 4th day and call the medical centre if she finds herself in double figfures. Of course she's also been told that T2 is ALWAYS progressive. She's been diagnosed a couple of years. I attend a different health Centre and have beeen diagnosed almost 10 years. I had to learn what I now know myself.
I only test 2-3 times a day, so a lot less than most people here it seems lol. Though my doctor would not be so happy about that...
i use 400 about a 100 a wk .. i test alot around my workouts . my metabolism stays up after my workouts so i test test test
I test at least 260-300 times a month.
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.