I just received it in the mail from Medtronic. I just started using and like some features better than the One Touch Ultra Link. Any insight?
When it was first brought up in my apt they weren't to excited. But a couple overnight lows that I didn't feel (hypoglycmic unawareness) in the 40-50 range, I was woken up; didn't wake up from the low.. and they covered it right away. I've heard from others that that was how theirs was approved as well
Thanks for that info, I'm going to keep trying!
Bayer included a prescription drug card in ours to keep co pay at $15 per month.
I'm still trying to decide. My only reservation is about the rechargeable battery, but I do like the size, lit test strip port, and screen. If I chose to go with it, I'll just have to have a backup meter that I can change the batteries.
If you use your meter on the computer to transfer the data to the care-link system the computer will charge the battery while you transferring data
they sent me an email...
well yeah i want a free meter. i'll have to find out if the healh ins. will cover
but it connected just fine with the pump, it lights up so i can see it in the dark.
and it doubles as the carelink reciever ..
and really? it will let you add more blood? that's Fantastic!
I have been using the Free style Lite since I was diagnosed in 2009 and so far, I havent come accross a meter that uses a lower blood sample. Also it allows you to add more bllod in case your sample was too small. I am curious about the Bayer Nextlink as it would communicate directly with the meter and I dont see a problem charging it once in a while.
How much blood sample do you need to test with the Bayer ?
Are the strips more costly thant he free style lite strips ?
I too prefer the Freestyle meter. I will be returning to it.
The Nextlink is, IMHO, clunky. It requires unnecessary button presses which, when you have one finger bleeding and needing pressure from the other hand to stop it, is really stupid design. Again, this is my opinion, obviously.
As for automatic calibration. Mine doesn't do it, as far as I can tell. It asks if you want to calibrate. But often,if not always, when I select yes, it doesn't do it! And then, of course, when it's time to calibrate the pump will alarm, even when you thought it had calibrated! WTF? This, of course, requires a second test. Great for Bayer and Medtronic (strip sales.) Not so good for the consumer.
Blood sample wise I find the Freestyle to be much more user friendly. Less blood, and not as many Error messages. Don't know about the cost comparison, but my guess is they're about the same.
My. 02 anyway.
Here is what my 12 year old daughter thinks of her new Bayer Contour Next Link vs. the One Touch Ultra Link
1. Less blood needed for test....the reason she hated switching to OneTouch when she first starting pumping was that it requires more blood for a sample
2. No coding number---hated that OneTouch had the coding number which could accidentally get changed
3. Easy to read display
4. Meter lets you know when it is sending data to pump and when pump has received it
5. Test strip port is "cool"
5. Charger fits into the same ac adapter as her phone..no need to use her computer to charge it (FYI she has an HTC phone)
6. Loves the size, even smaller than the non-linking OneTouch Ultra Mini she carries to school
7. Fits it the case better than the OneTouch Ultra Mini -- the Mini would bump the strip container and lancing device and buttons would accidentally get pressed causing changes in date and time
8. Prefers the Bayer lancing device and the multicolored lancets they included--she's 12..little things still excite her :-)
9. And my input: love that it beeps when it is ready, when it has enough blood etc. forgot how much I missed it when we started on OneTouch
10. The light up screen....when you are a parent stumbling into a dark room in the middle of the night the light up screen is AWESOME!
We just started yesterday and haven't tried all the features, but that's what a 12 year old has to say about it!
I find the meter difficult to put into the holder inside the case? The plastic area sticks to the meter as I try to slide it in after charging...am I doing something wrong...suggestions? Also I think it is difficult to insert the HUGE strip container into the elastic area..!?