New Meter - Free Strips; Traction For Cervical Spine

By SongDude Latest Reply 2011-06-09 12:44:55 -0500
Started 2011-06-08 21:37:41 -0500

Hello to all, as we move toward late night on the East Coast; for others in different time zones, hey… you'll get there. Or, you're ahead of us… what a world, huh? [:)]

I now have two meters… a One Touch UltraMini, and, as of today - a Bayer Contour. Personally, I like the 'Mini' - it is simple, quick, and easy to use (and, it saves the time and date for each 'sugar check').

The Contour is more for the 'picky people' - you can go into its advanced mode - set it up for all that you need, with alarms to let you know when you've gone beyond the low and high parameters that you set (mine are 79, and 130 bgl); and, as far as sugar readings are concerned before testing, you can pick pre-meal, or post meal settings (for regular folks, that means testing before you eat, or after - forgive my lofty tone… it is purely unintentional).

As I'm negotiating this road that all of us here travel on within our lives, I'm finding that there are meters out there that are even more sophisticated. I can't wait to find a meter that can automatically throw away my medical waste… or, to contact the President of The United States, and tell him that diabetics are people, too (!!). Oh, well… holding my breath won't help in that last observation (haha).

As a disabled person, I already suffer from back problems and MDD. Then, along came diabetes. Now, it turns out that I also have problems with my neck (dammit!). So, to head off the neurosurgeon once again, I'm doing neck traction at home. Wow. You have to try it, to believe it.

Just after a few times doing the neck traction at 22 pounds of pressure, I felt like I was going to die! Then, after everything settled down for a bit, I felt TEN TIMES BETTER. It is amazing. So, for you 'diabeats' out there like myself, here's a good word:

If you have similar problems (like myself), try this out. It is amazing. Surgeries for C3 and C4 vertebrae aren't good - they now go in through your throat, and since I like to sing, THAT"S OUT.

If you also recently switched to a Bayer Contour meter, this is what I have to say:

It is great. It will help me be more organized in my maintenance plan for Type 1. Especially since I don't have to pay for any testing strips (ohhh, yeah, baby!). Be well, everyone! ;)

Your SongDude

4 replies

appealstome 2011-06-09 02:56:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information. No strip Bayer meter. Great! Medicare wants me to log every months worth of readings and mail to them so they will cover strips. Like I have time to do that. I pay $16 for 100 strips and $3 for lancers thru Medicare. My doctor gave me One Touch b/c she can plug into her computer and download my readings into my computer file. Bayer Contour would save me money and hassle of logging, etc. monthly for Medicare.

SongDude 2011-06-09 12:39:43 -0500 Report

To appealstome:
I'm disabled, and in the middle of a disability filing with Social Security. I have no income. I receive food stamps, and, I'm barely making it week-to-week. I get my medical care, prescriptions, and in this case - a free Bayer Contour meter, with free test strips - for my duration at a local free clinic, as a patient. This new meter, indeed, uses strips. I'm sorry that my post mislead you to believe otherwise. There is a model available from Bayer, called the 'Breeze', that utilizes a unique circular carrier that includes the strips within; so, all that you have to do is turn it on, and it will pop out a new strip each time for testing, which is very convenient - and, as we all know, can reduce the amount of meter error messages - when we handle our strips for too long of a time period - before testing. I hope this helps, and, have a wonderful day.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-08 23:25:06 -0500 Report

Unfortunately I have to pay for my strips…I use the glucocard Vital. It's an ok meter just wish it was back lit for those times in the middle of the nite when I am LOW and have to test in the dark. The strips are the cheapest I have found. It has a good memory with time and date of tests and does a 30 and 90 day average which i love! Have a blessed day :)

SongDude 2011-06-09 12:44:55 -0500 Report

ravenmoon33 -
Read my reply to appealstome… that will fill you in as to why I don't pay for my testing strips. It would be FANTASTIC to have a meter that was backlit… I'm sure that there are meters out there that are probably very pricey, that have that feature. Maybe one day, we'll all have personal robots to do the testing for us - day, or night (haha). Be well!

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