After a month or two with the reli on I noticed my bsl was higher, as I was not cheating and being good< I decided to try the freestyle..to my conclusion I discovered my bsl was much closer to what my doc wanted...uh the frustrations and follies of a newbie lol...oh well it could be worse , one of my old time family friends that has been diabetic for 20 yrs after dinner and not testing ( he's a stubborn 65 ish yr old) he was 530 and not following his diet...no wonder he is all over the place lol !

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Comment by ladyrayne67 on March 21, 2011 at 11:38am
That is good to know, thanks for the comments! So far the Freestyle has been much more consistent. I just wish my insurance would kick in already !
Comment by LACA310 on March 21, 2011 at 3:04pm
The first meter I got when becoming a T1er a year ago was a freestyle. Didn't like it, but maybe I just didn't like being diabetic. Seemed to give lots of questionable readings when the sample was just enough to still read. I switched to One Touch and liked them more. Wanted to try the contour USB cuz its cool, but didn't like that either so back to the one touch. The Contour USB didn't give accurate readings below 100 (seemed high), but was more accurate above 130 or so. My One Touch Ultra seemed to give much better readings below 100 but less so on the 150+ range. (I used them both for a month of dual testing). Long story shortened, I got my labs back from the endo today, and the 95 fasting BG result matched exactly the reading I got when they took the sample. Lucky I guess, but sticking with One Touch.
Comment by ladyrayne67 on March 22, 2011 at 12:40pm
Mine wasn't that high, that reading was a friend of mine...I am reading much better after the switch, before lunch I read 111 ! The doc will be very happy as the readings are closer to what I felt like they were. The follies of Diabetes ! :)
Comment by ladyrayne67 on March 22, 2011 at 2:18pm
after lunch I was 99 ! Yahoo much better readings ! So much for the reli-on !
Comment by picklebird on March 22, 2011 at 2:51pm
The reason why I like OneTouch is that they require a larger drop of blood than other meters and take five seconds to do the test and does a double check at the same time. As a former medical technologist, I know that the smaller volume of whole blood you use, the less accurate results (more variability) you will get and if you cut down on the time to two seconds, you are also cutting down on the accuracy (increasing chance of variability). I don't like that for any of the various brand meters the insert says it may only agree with plasma results done in a lab by a wide swing of 20%. We med techs would have never stood for a new piece of technology in our labs that could only promise a 20% agreement. You won't see any of the patient meters sold today also being used in a lab. And even the hospital hand held meters used may not be in the permanent patient record. They record the plasma results. So if their hand held meter says a "bad" number, they send in a tech to draw blood for a plasma glucose check.
Comment by ladyrayne67 on March 23, 2011 at 9:46am
Thanks for the input picklebird, it is very helpful. I did start with the Contour and only changed it due to the expense of the testing strips. What it sounds like is, the meters are different regardless. Trial and error ! Thanks for the comments everyone!

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