Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-06-24 09:13:33 -0500
Started 2011-06-20 10:54:30 -0500

How many times can you run your meter through the washer (not the dryer) with the test strips, and still have it work? So far, mine has survived 2 washings, both times the test strips remained dry in their container. This time, it either ate my stick pin or I left it on the bed at home! Now I have to use my drywall knife for the blood sample! Oh, the joys of life with diabetes! LOL

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the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-21 12:25:05 -0500 Report

What were you doing in the washer machine in the first place?

cavie2 2011-06-22 04:43:17 -0500 Report

Don't think HE was in the washer, it was his clothes, test strips, meter and stick pin. But that conjures up some lovely images of him swirling round the machine with his undies on his head. ha ha ha lol

cavie2 2011-06-21 02:57:07 -0500 Report

3 strikes and your out!! Why don't you just take out one of your pierced earrings and use that.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-21 09:37:17 -0500 Report

My ears are not what I have pierced!

cavie2 2011-06-21 09:56:04 -0500 Report

Never mentioned ears. I said pierced earrings and they can go anywhere really, but your protestations did bring to mind what John Travolta sang in Grease. "Tell me more, tell me more, tell me more!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-21 14:09:40 -0500 Report

If they are EAR rings they go in your ear. The others are tongue rings, nose rings, belly button rings or …maybe I will stop! :)

edvel54 2011-06-20 22:36:50 -0500 Report

I have washed mine once and it is still working, but it is in a plastic case. I usually wash my watch..leave it my pocket. Do you remember the saying for Timex. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

MrsCDogg 2011-06-20 20:06:46 -0500 Report

I am so glad to know that someone besides me does stuff like this! I've been married to my husband for 5 years now and so far I have washed and dryed two cell phones of his, dunked one of mine in a cup of coffee, and dunked one cabel remote in a glass of tea! I'm really hard on electronic gadgets! So far I haven't done any damage to my meters…lol

Harlen 2011-06-20 13:25:16 -0500 Report

Your lucky
i would think the first time would kill it lol
Best wishes

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-20 13:32:05 -0500 Report

Well, I wrote too soon! The answer is that it can only survive one washing and 2 test after the washing, then…services will be held this afternoon by the dumpster!

Harlen 2011-06-20 13:46:14 -0500 Report

How did you get it in the washer ????
Best wishes

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-20 14:13:02 -0500 Report

I am allowed to do our wash at work. So I tossed the pack into the laundry basket so I wouldn't forget it. Dumped the laundry into the washer (these were my work clothes from Thursday & Friday from work, then my work clothes from Sat & sun from working at home, not something you want to handle if you don't have to) I am thinking of putting a Metformin tablet in there to make them smell better! Well I found my stick pen in the dryer, minus the cap.

jladytiger1979 2011-06-20 12:02:03 -0500 Report

Washed and dried my pill box it was all ok!!! The chap stick with it however did not survive!! Funny cause I'm always barking at the hubs to get the junk out of his pockets!! Oooopppppsss!!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-20 12:18:12 -0500 Report

I do the wash, so my wife doesn't know about this stuff! I can't imagine washing chap stick! What a mess. Last year at camp they went to clean the fryer out and forgot to put a bucket there to catch it. Quick thinking employee grab the laundry basket of rags and made a dam. Great thinking! Then the employee decided to wash the rags…goodbye washer, rest in peace!.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-20 11:49:35 -0500 Report

never washed mine but had to search the bottom of the pool for it…the whole darned bag actually…oops :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-20 12:19:49 -0500 Report

Last year I was teasing some kids and one of them had a super soaker under water and drenched me, so I had to go in and get him, Next time I will take my cell phone out of my pocket!

CaliKo 2011-06-20 11:37:16 -0500 Report

Well, Jim, that's an experiment I haven't tried, so I don't know how many times you can wash your meter… hopefully you are kidding about the drywall knife and can get a replacement meter soon. Maybe you could try to get in a habit of turning your pockets inside out when you wash.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-20 12:23:45 -0500 Report

It is worse than that. I always check my pockets. I had tossed the meter kit into the laundry basket so I would be sure to remember it. (one of my bennies is I am allowed to do my wash at work!) So I got to work, dumped the basket into the washer and when it was done, my meter was all clean! Actually, I am using just the replacement needles. It is surprising how much harder it is to stab myself with one of them than it is with the stick pen.

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