I've replaced mine every three years. But as they get spendier and my income gets lower, I may have to use it longer,,unless I can find a company that gives them away. The I have two right now, a LIFESCAN and a Diabetes club one....the second one is far more accurate, than the lifescan...so I'll use the one that is more accurate for about another year, and then see if I can get one that is cheaper than the LIFESCAN one.
Mine must be about three or four years old. I got it when my other one conked out. Shortly after that, I got a back-up meter. they are both One-Touch meters. I hope to soon replace both of them with a One-touch that communicates with and Animas Ping.
Thank you all for your reply, I was checking to see if I am a "meter nut" like Chadd I have started a collection of them as well. started out just wanting to make sure I have a back up with me and it has saved me more than once when forgetting my daily meter. I now use the bayer USB and like it very much. the computer software that comes with it works great, every time I go to the doc I print out my log and give it to him...makes it much easier to see the big picture. hope all of you are doing well
I understand about "meter nut" -- I have several, some still in their original packaging! Don't blame me, they were freebies forced on me! :-) But I don't know why I don't get rid of them -- they're just taking up space.
I keep one meter by my bedside, and one in my purse, and don't have a problem with that. I never have to remember to take it with me, and my house is not so large that I can't go to my bedroom and test there whenever I need to. I just have to remember to switch them out every so often so that strips don't expire.
I have amassed several diabetic gadgets!! and this is provoking some thoughts, I would like to start and setup some type of "exchange" or collection type entity that would help get donated diabetic supplies and gadgets to those who cannot afford them or don't have insurance...
It's not usually difficult to score a free meter from the companies or good-hearted folks like you :-), but my worry is how will they afford the test strips. Seems to me that the meters are the least of their worries! :-(
There is a place that somehow scores strips and other diabetic supplies for re-distribution to those who are in need. It is called Diabetic Supply Rescue. Their website is: www.diabeticsupplyrescue.com. Te operator's name is Rachel, and I have had some good conversations with her, and I believe them to be a legitimate outfit. It seems to me that they have strips for most meters in stock, their service is reasonable and their prices are affordable for those who are strapped for cash and still need to manage this disease.
Natalie, thanks for the reply, I am thinking in terms of getting any and all diabetic supplies donated, then distributing them to the those who are in NEED. including strips etc....whatever I can beg or borrow to pass on to those in need...
I am fortunate for now, I have insurance, but do remember the thought of NOT having it and what would I do...? I am not sure how to get this started or how much time and work would be involved...but I would sure like to give it a try.....and pay it forward.
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