Different Meter Readings

sharonb55
By sharonb55 Latest Reply 2012-03-22 07:39:26 -0500
Started 2011-11-15 15:28:33 -0600

I am Type2 diabetic diagnosed 7 months ago. I check my sugar 3 times a day. Everytime I check it I always check 2 more times to see what numbers I get just to be sure. This morning within 1 minute I got 3 different readings…107/118/129…am I doing something wrong? It's like this all the time. It's a brand new meter my dr gave me right out of the box. Strips are new too from pharmacy. The experation date is 1/12…Last night 3 hours after eating it was 82/95/105…all within one minute. Does this happen to anyone else? And is 82 too low? My family dr of 16 years has not explained anything to me about diabetes. I am learing from this site. Glad u are all here. Thanks, Sharon

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84 replies

ugeniac
ugeniac 2011-11-26 16:16:02 -0600 Report

`1. A 10-20% variance is normal. 2 did you use the same finger or site? The 3rd and 4th fingers may be the best although I can also use my thumb. The difference is in ease of getting a decent sized blood drop.

3. Make sure your fingers/site are clean!

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-11-20 16:22:38 -0600 Report

A lot of replys and a LOT of info to process.
I am Probably repeating a lot, so please bear with me, but I don't know what was already said, but worth repeating anyways.
The general rule of thumb is that no individual reading is as important as keeping track of your reading trends over time.
Meters are intended to give you a snapshot of the present, but as you discovered, your readings can vary, even moments apart. This is especially true if you test using different meters and strips. Testing different sites will give different reading as well.
As long as your readings are not too high or too low, and you are feeling "okay", keeping a log is the best way to track your results.
It can take time for your medical team to find the right combination of diet, exercise and meds that work best for you, and even when they do, it can take a week or more for the tweeks they make to treatment to level out.
Keeping track of your readings around all three meals is great!
As you get more leveled in over time, usually, spot checks once a day at different times will be fine, but the way you are doing it now is good, until then.
Sadly, ones condition will change over time, that will require adjustment to keep our condition well maintained.
Still, most can expect good results and a normal life with little reason for disappointment.
Welcome, and keep up the good work, you sound off to a great start.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-11-20 15:05:33 -0600 Report

There was a DC discussion/article that noted if you have to squeeze your finger tip to get an adequate amount of blood for your test, it could skew the results…I believe due to the interstitial fluid? Could this be the cause? I'll try to find the discussion/article because I found it very informative and edit my post here when I do locate it. The discussion was titled :"Information that Everyone Needs to Know about Glucose Testing" from July 18

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-19 12:25:41 -0600 Report

Clearly it is bliss Lew! He is so frustrating that I put this last "Clearly" in the wrong place. But that is as far as the frustation goes. He is entitled to his opinion but I will not allow any ridiculous notions to take away from my precious energy.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-20 10:04:38 -0600 Report

Yes he is entitled to his opinion, as we all are, but to state that testing more than three times daily is a waste is a dangerous opinion. And he should stress that it is his opinion. Especially when dealing with newbies seeking information in our community they need to know that we are relating our experiences and most of us are not medical or health care professionals but long suffers of diabetes. What works for me may not work for her or you or anyone else.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
LEW

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-20 15:49:40 -0600 Report

You are so right. It always amazes me how easily things can go over peoples heads. But this is the last I'll speak on that here because it is not fair to Sharon55.
Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

hughsbayou
hughsbayou 2011-11-18 21:12:25 -0600 Report

I had a One Touch, tested at the same time I had blood drawn by a lab and was off by 20 pts too high. I switched to a Walgreen's True2go for which the strips are seventy cents by the 100 and have checked it three separate times when having a lab test and gotten a spot on result. So I'm sticking with Walgreens.

sweetpea646
sweetpea646 2011-11-18 14:00:17 -0600 Report

now Im gettin telephone calls for all these diabetes stuff, Do I need my doctors permission to recieve them?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-19 01:22:17 -0600 Report

It depends on what it is. Medications need a prescription, and though Blood Glucose meters ("Glucometers") don't need a prescription to get one, if you are expecting your insurance company to pay for the glucometer and testing strips you will need to have a prescription for that also.

I generally like to deal with my providers face to face, so I tell the folks on the phone that I already have that issue covered.

sweetpea646
sweetpea646 2011-11-18 13:58:23 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in Oct 4, 2011, my doctor told me that i have Type 2 diabetes, when should I start checking my blood sugar? Why I ask this for? my doctor havent told me nothing yet but I have type 2 diabetes.

watson4042
watson4042 2011-11-19 03:01:04 -0600 Report

i was told on nov 3rd. dr told me to check my bs but hasn't said how many times to check. im on metaformin, 1 pill with dinner. so i'm checking am & pm and my bs is all over the place anywhere from 113 to 293.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-19 03:23:59 -0600 Report

This really makes me angry. For the past few days more than a few people have come to DC with questions such as this. Who are these doctors that have such a reckless attitude about our conditions. It's like they are saying…"You have diabetes…now have a nice day." No instructions, no direction on what to do next, no nothing. How dare they?

If I were you, I would change your PCP immediately. If that is not an option, then call your doctor asap and/or on your next visit ask all the questions that you have and don't leave until they have been answered to your satisfaction. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. Stand up for yourself and be as vocal as you have to be.

In the meantime, research as much as you can about diabetes for yourself and continue to check in here. I have found the DC family to be a great source of information, comfort and an awesome sounding board when needed.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 20:41:07 -0600 Report

Hi pc, I know excactly what you are talking about, my doctor figures since I'm paying out of the pocket on my doctor bill she doesn't have to check me out that close, I told her about a skin rash that I have on my right leg and all she said was oh just get some lotion with vitamin e and rub on it, it's like she doesn't care if she helps me or not.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 20:49:52 -0600 Report

So we here have to stick together and help each other, and get along with each other, after all this is our own opinions that we're giving out so other words don't take our word for granted and just take it as advise, and our opinions, otherwords don't get mad if whatever we say people may not agree with, just going by what our own doctor tells us. I did ask my pharmisist about how many times we should check our b/s levels and she said at least twice a day unless I qoute " you have an unstable blood sugar level" that you can't maintain, then that falls back o0n the amount of carbs you are maintaining in your system. You should cut back more on your carbs, and eat more veggies, and less starches.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 20:52:02 -0600 Report

Also pc, I don't rely on what my doctor tells me, I rely on common sense, if your b/s is reading high, then cut the carbs if it's low then eat something to bring it up, it's all in the common sense that's all. You have a brain use it.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-19 03:11:43 -0600 Report

In my opinion the MINIMUM someone on a diabetes medication should be testing is 3 times a day. Once in the morning before you eat anything ("fasting reading") and again then 2 hrs after a meal ("post prandial"). The meal after which you test may change from day to day. And then you should take your BG level just prior to going to bed. That will tell you whether you need to eat something before bed to avoid the "Dawn effect" (aka "liver dump") If your BG is lower than 130 you may want to eat something with protein and complex carbohydrates to last through the night.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 20:56:13 -0600 Report

I agree 100% jay, that is what I have been trying to explain to these people. It is a waste of money and time if you check your b/s levels more thasn 3 times a day. If you can't figure out how to maintain your blood sugar in a weeks time of your diagnosis, then you are as dumb as a box of rocks.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-20 09:32:31 -0600 Report

well the "dumber than a box of rocks" fits me perfectly, Michael ! (in fact I say that very thing of myself quite frequently)

It took me a few years until I got better control of my BG levels and only in the bast 11 months have I gotten it dialed in.

I do additional testing should I want to know how a certain food or drink affects MY metabolism specifically. I record that in a 3 ring binder so I have it for reference later.

I think you may be a bit hard on newly Dx'd folks Michael. Most of them don't have a clue as to what they should be doing next.

Additionally there is the phenenomon of Homeostais. Some folks' BGs have been so high so long that their body has gotten used to it. That body will do what it can to maintain its higher levels (even though it is bad for its health). That's why when someone has had high BGs for a while, they'll get what I call "false lows" They may not be even close to a low but their body is giving them signals "feed me I'm feeling low". They are just lower than they were used to.

(My bride Jem when she was alive had false lows quite frequently. She was blind and couldn't see her meter and her so called "lows" happened in the night, usually when I was sleeping - and she didn't want to wake me - so she had goodies stashed in her nightstand. She scarfed those carb laden goodies down like there was no tomorrow and then wondered in the morning why her BGs were running between 250 and 300 When she listened to me and woke me up once and I tested her BG level her "low" wasn't low at all — only about 150 or so — Still I had trouble getting her to tough it out so her BGs would normalize. She still wanted to munch on carbs. )

So please, Michael, cut the newly Dx'd a break. Sometimes we who have been Dx'd for years stumble and fall.

I don't expect the newly Dx'd to know what to do. Often they are floundering for months after their Dx.

It is great if you can be superman. But I was not born on Krypton and I suspect neither was anyone else on this board.

Blessed thansgiving to you and yours!

James

jimmyjames43
jimmyjames43 2011-11-20 12:40:22 -0600 Report

Your lab draws will be different then your finger stick usually 20 to 60 points,because of the blood directly from the vein. A blood draw is more accurate. I have tested my blood sugar at the same time as my blood draw and still was 25 points higher

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-20 10:33:12 -0600 Report

I know Jay and I do apologize for those remarks I made, but what gets me is you try to help those ones, but they don't seem to listen, I know some may be scared, or freaked out by being diagnosed with diabeties, but they also have to use common sense. If you get more than a 5 point differeintal in their readings they are doing something wrong, and you just have to take your time and do some studying to figure out your diet to maintain a steady b/s level, it will take a while, but you'll figure it out. Thanks for helping me realize my mistake toward the new guys here, like I said I apologize to all.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-19 01:17:03 -0600 Report

He hasn't told you to start testing and keeping a log of readings yet, Sweetpea?

I think that Doc is lazy and if you are able perhaps you may need to find a Dr who is more proactive with regard to managing your diabetes well!

bleonard13
bleonard13 2011-11-17 12:52:30 -0600 Report

all the time if u are using wipes to clean ur hands trying washing and drying with soap and water and drying them with a clean napkin or paper towel a friend of mine told me this and i was amazed at the different readings i got also try using the test fluid that came with the strips event though the expiration date is good that dont mean the strips r good luck we r here for u if u have any other questions
if you feel different at 82 then say at 90 yeah it is getting low just dont let it drop below 70

medic673b
medic673b 2011-11-17 11:10:11 -0600 Report

I stick myself once if the number seems to high or to low i will try the other hand also i check myself 4 times a day plus twice more on the days i exercise the last thing i want to do is pass out on the bike path

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-16 20:08:36 -0600 Report

Hi Sharon, yes you should just check yourself one time each, once in the morning before breakfast, and once at night before dinner, that should be plenty. I know if you don't have insurance like me those strips can get really expensive. I watch what I eat most of the time and it's somewhere between 80-125, it has got as high as 149 once, and I don't know why it got that high. I don't stress over it though, that is not good for you.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-17 09:27:42 -0600 Report

The number of tests varies due tothe state of a oersons condition. Twice a day may be adequate for you but may not be sharon. She should test as often as her doctor perscribes. My endo has me checking 6 times a day so that is what I do.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-18 18:38:01 -0600 Report

Is your BS that u7nstable that you have to check that many times, what do you do to differeciate your levels, that you can't do in at least three checkings per day?

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-18 19:00:08 -0600 Report

Well, before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, before bed, 3am, before exercise, during exercise (possibly multiple), and after exercise (maybe 2-3 times) for starters. Depending on what you want to find out you could potentially be checking 10-15 times a day to get specific information. This is especially true if you take insulin and need to know what your blood sugar is at certain times in order to dose insulin and when you are trying to figure out how different foods affect you. No one in the world has a blood sugar that stable that it doesn't change that much, even non diabetics. Suggesting that there is no need to test mote than 3 times a day could potentially prove fatal depending on the person,how their body reacts to things, their treatment, if they have hyoglycemia unawareness and their activity level. It has nothing to do with unstable blood sugar levels.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-18 21:01:07 -0600 Report

you mentioned checking your b/s after each time you eat is a no-no unless you wait til at least three hours before doing so, it will tell you that plainly in your monitors instruction manual. Of course it's gonna read high right after you eat, I mean that's common sense.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-19 07:38:26 -0600 Report

2 hours is the general rule but some people need to test sooner or wait linger depending on them, the food and the time of the meal. Your last line suggests you are only testing to have a log that you tested yourself in which case there is little reason to test at all. Your blood sugar will go up after eating but the before and after readings will tell you by how much so you can adjust the foods you eat or amounts in order to keep your blood sugar going too high.

As I said below, unless your A1c is around 4.7-5.2 or so, you would benefit from taking some after meal readings because I guarantee you will see high numbers, maybe in the 200-300 range

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 21:05:06 -0600 Report

that's right kd your readings will be high right after you eat, so that would be useless to check your b/s amediately after you eat, so you should wait to about 3 hours and then check it, so if it is high, then cut back on your carbs, if it's low, then eat a little bit of ice cream or some graham crackers or sort to bring it back up, then maybe you can check it again just to be on the safe side to see what your reading is then you can work with it from there. You can adjust your eating habits day after day until you finally get it down pact.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 21:09:37 -0600 Report

After I was diagnosed with diabeties almost a year ago, it did not take me long at all to figure out me diet, if it read high, then I cut back on my carbs, and if it read low I ate more, plain and simple, common sense right. I have no problem at all what so ever with my readings it always stays around 85 to about mostly around 140, it's those ones who can't push their way away from the table who's always having trouble maintaining their b/s levels point blank.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-18 20:54:08 -0600 Report

But if you check your b/s more than say three times a day be a waste, it's not gonna change drastically that much, you can tell when you're not feeling good and when that happens then you should check it then eat you something your take your insulin, depending on your level.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-11-20 15:01:37 -0600 Report

I'm currently testing my BG 7 to 10 times a day to gather the data needed to fine tune my insulin pump settings. I started using my pump 3 months ago. This frequency of testing is essential for me right now.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-20 17:02:09 -0600 Report

I will probably agree with you on that, since you are new and also using a pump, which may be more difficult to manage at first, but once it get it stablelized, then you can cut back to at least 3 times per day.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-20 19:41:51 -0600 Report

A doctor wont prescribe you a pump, an insurance company won't pay for a pump and the pump company will recommend you don't get a pump unless you test, and can prove you have been testing, at least 4 times a day. Usually they will recommend 6 times a day or more. The reality is that testing 3 times a day will not catch any issues you may be having with the pump that can kill you within hours. It can and does happen.

Don't make sweeping, generalized statements that can very easily cause somebody serious harm. Everyone should test the amount of times they need to test. Apparently for you that is 2-3 times a day but for most it will be more and for some it will be considerably more. I'll say this one last time. With the numbers that you claim to have when you test you're A1c should be around the 4.7-5.2 range. If it is not, I guarantee that by testing 1 and 2 hours after eating you will see numbers much higher than you think you are having. If it is in the 6.5-7 range I would estimate that you will see at least a few 300+ readings. Those fluctuations are a major cause of diabetic complications.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-19 08:21:20 -0600 Report

Your home spun logic with such sweeping statements is what makes diabetes dangerous. Nothing is a waste if it works. I test six times a day.
I visited my endo yesterday (Nov 18).

My A1c is 5.9%.

IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MY FREQUENT TESTING IS NOT A WASTE.

You need to test as frequently as you and your doctor feel it is necessary to control your bg levels.

Waiting until you feel bad is an exercise poor judgment. The onset of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia can be swift and FATAL.
Each of us is different on how quickly and intensely the onset of dangerous bg levels attack and affect us. A person may also suffer from hypoglycemia unawareness where he/she may not feel the affects until the bg level is dangerously low or may not feel it at all. There are many scenarios where testing more than three times is necessary. We all have common signs and symptoms but each person who is diabetic is unique and needs to customize his/her treatment plan for themselves to be victorious.

As for changes in bg levels not being that much or not dramatic is a grossly inaccurate and dangerous statement. That may be true for you but, again, each person is unique. A person who is diabetic can have their bg levels change as much as 200, 300, even 400 mg/dl in an hour or two. THAT IS DRAMATIC and not all that rare.

I agree with kdrobert in that you seem not to have a broad knowledge of diabetes especially its dangers and consequences. A diabetes self management course could be very helpful to you and the people you dispense advice. Attending a diabetes support group would also be helpful.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-19 01:03:42 -0600 Report

As an added note to kdroberts reply, some people test frequently as advised by their docs. Some people test right after they eat to gauge how certain foods effect them. Some people test when they are feeling particularly stressed about one thing or another. Some people test to see if their meters sinc up with the doctors/labs meters, etc,etc,etc… There is no such thing as too much testing. To imply that there can be a limit or a universal rule as to how to test is, in my humble opinion, ill advice. Especially when someone is newly diagnosed.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-18 22:52:47 -0600 Report

I suspect you have extremely limited exposure to diabetes. This is extremely sweeping and bad logic. Your blood sugar can change dramatically and just because you don't feel it doesn't mean it won't happen. Unless your a1c is around 4.7-5.2 or so, that's likely happening to you.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-18 13:30:37 -0600 Report

Exactly. I have to test 6 times a day as well. Every person/situation is different.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-18 20:57:53 -0600 Report

It's not a matter of each person, it's a matter of you should be able to tell wether your b/s is getting high or low then you should check it and if it's high or low you should either eat or take your insulin, oh I could probably check mine 6 times a day but more than three would be just a waste I think it's being paranoid more than anything it's all in the state of mind.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-19 09:36:17 -0600 Report

I'd rather be paranoid and have all my limbs, sight, teeth and nerves, keep away from heart attacks and strokes and keep my kidneys in order rather than assuming everthing is all good and then winding up on dialysis with one leg off, partially sighted and toothless after my third heart attack.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-19 01:27:30 -0600 Report

Being paranoid does not mean they're NOT out to get you!

with regard to diabetes a little paranoia is a good thing IMO.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-16 20:04:58 -0600 Report

The thing you are doing wrong is not stopping at 1 test at a time. Unless it seems unusual, like it reads 300 but you've never seen a reading over 150 or similar, you just need to take the reading given. Home meters are more of a guide than an accurate reading. The finger is the most accurate place to get a reading, alternative sites like your arm can read what your blood sugar was 20 minutes or so ago. They should never be used for dosing insulin, testing for low or high blood sugar or when your blood sugar is rapidly changing like after a meal or for most people, the first reading of the day.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-16 18:20:54 -0600 Report

Dear Sharon: I am in complete agreement with Uncle Lew. Stop stressing over such slight variations. Stick your finger once and call it good. Now if it reads to high 450 to 500 take it again to make sure, but use the same finger, not the same site. If your BS goes to low, you'll know it. That goes for to high too. You get sweaty, hot or cold, shakey and if it's to low, you'll pass out. Don't take the time to take it over and over. get help. Drink a glass of O.J. with a Tbsp. or 2 of sugar mixed in, if it doesn't help, get to the hospital. If it gets to high again don't mess around, get your insulin in you or get to the hosiptal. If you watch your diet and carbs you should have no problems. Don't sweat the small stuff. All of us are in pretty much agreement your panicing. I too use the free style lite and it's a very good meter. I've tried many and I like this one the best. Kiss our poor little fingers and slow down. Just have your best interest at heart…Valentine Lady

ugeniac
ugeniac 2011-11-16 07:46:42 -0600 Report

Check your meter with glucose standard solution.

use same finger or one next to it. use only the 3rd and 4th fingers most of the time.

the variance of the meter is about 10-20% probably.

call the company to discuss results!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-15 21:15:26 -0600 Report

It is normal to have such wide variations even when you use the same sample of blood for all tests. It is the nature of the beast. Even lab results will have variations from the same blood sample. All your num bers are within the accuracy standards required by the FDA. A reading can vary as much as =/- 20%. All your readings are within acceptable parameters.
Relax and don't needlessly waste strips and torture your poor fingers.
Good Luck.
Godspeed.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-11-15 18:16:38 -0600 Report

I have been told by professionals that if you stick different fingers to test you will get different readings and if you are testing finger and arm at the same time the reading will vary too. I had problems with 2 brands of meters both I tested at the drs office one is Reli-on (2 meters) and the other is True Track (3 meters) all 5 meters read 40 to 60 above my actual lab results. Neither brand did register my hypoglycemic episodes. The Freestyle Lite I have used for years is always within 6 of my actual blood tests.
Stress can raise your blood sugars as you stress over the readings maybe that is leading to the continued raising of your numbers. I have found that I will get slight differences of readings between fingers, this is normal.

KellyJo76
KellyJo76 2011-11-15 16:39:51 -0600 Report

what kind of meter are you using? I have been using a One Touch for years until recently went it dropped to the third tier on prescription plan ( don't get me started on this one… ) Anyway, I am using an Accu-chek Aviva now and my meter has never had the weird readings you are describing. At the most it would be a 5 point difference. And I always test on my fingers…

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-16 19:58:31 -0600 Report

Hi Kelly I used to use the same meter, but the test strips were so expensive, so now I use a prodigy, no coding, and the test strips are half the price, and just as accurate.

sharonb55
sharonb55 2011-11-15 17:41:16 -0600 Report

Uh-Oh..I have been testing on my arm alot lately. Would that make a difference? All my fingers hurt alot lately due to neuropathy. …I have the FreeStyle Lite meter and sometimes my numbers really jump around. Sometimes from 102 first to 123 then 130 all within a minute as I keep putting a new strip in the meter and testing the blood. This was maybe 3 or 4 days ago in the morning. Maybe I need a new meter? Or maybe keep testing on my fingers? Thanks, Sharon

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-11-16 18:36:54 -0600 Report

Find a location and stick to it (no punn intended)—either fingers or arm. I understand readings on the arm are different…never used the sight and don't know how it compares. If you want to use the arm, do so, but don't jump back and forth and expect consistency.

Also be sure to wash hands well because lotions, food, and other products can cause a difference in the readings too. Every now and then, I forget to wash and do a quick test with an odd result. I go wash and usually get one where I am expecting it. Been really surprising to see what external things can also change the readings.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-17 14:04:31 -0600 Report

On one of my stays in the hospitable if the lab techs were doing a blood draw from the vein in my arm the nurse would use some of this blood for my pre meal blood reading, so I would think a sample from your arm.

Tom

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-15 16:55:06 -0600 Report

Do you get that through your insurance? If not, is it expensive?

sharonb55
sharonb55 2011-11-15 17:31:29 -0600 Report

I got the meter free from my dr and yes the strips are expensive. I just had them re-filled 2 days ago and a month's supply is approx $168.00. Ridiculious huh? But I have BC/BS and my co-pay was $15.00.

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-16 20:01:51 -0600 Report

Hi Sharon, I was just telling Kelly, that I used to use an Accu-check Aviva, the test strips are $58 for 50, and now I got the prodigy and the strips are half that price, but I have no insurance so I have to pay out of pocket.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-15 16:24:05 -0600 Report

A couple of weeks ago I switched to the Freestyle meter/strips because it is covered by my insurance. But because I still had my OneTouch meter/strips I decide to test and see if the two meters would match up. They didn't. The differences were all over the place, between 10 to 40 points apart. The only difference that was consistant was that the Freestyle was alway a lower number than the OneTouch. Talk about confusing. I now only use the Freestyle because the OneTouch strips are ridiculously expensive.

greatgrama
greatgrama 2011-11-15 16:02:13 -0600 Report

I'm getting wild readings on the new Relion meter I just bought. Once I tested my morning sugars three times and it was really wild. The first said 137 and I never get that high in the morning so I tried another finger right afterwards and ir said 155 ee gads that's not right either so I tried my arm and it said 109, now that's bad for me too but far more believable. When I get paid I'm going to get more one touch strips I think they are more reliable. I just usually can't afford them since I lost my insurance.

nzingha
nzingha 2011-11-15 20:56:57 -0600 Report

109 is bad,,,y

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-19 21:42:25 -0600 Report

oh sorry my bad I see now what you are saying no 109 is good, depending on your weight, to me I weigh 175, and my a1c's are reading good and my blood pressure is good and cholestrol is low so yes 109 is great'

sharonb55
sharonb55 2011-11-15 16:23:40 -0600 Report

greatgrama, I have the FreeStyle Lite and the Freestyle Lite strips. Are they any good? Thanks, Sharon

greatgrama
greatgrama 2011-11-15 19:34:00 -0600 Report

I've never used those but the commercials for them look great. Do you like them? Are they as easy to use as they look on TV?

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-15 20:03:00 -0600 Report

They are very simple to use. But as Sharon55 said very expensive unless you are covered through insurance.

RebC
RebC 2011-11-15 15:51:57 -0600 Report

Yes that is normal. Sometimes when I am high I will wash my hands and check it again, just to make sure it wasn't something on my fingers. And usually I'm still high, but 15-20 points difference, either higher or lower. 82 is normal. 80-120 is where you should aim to be, so 82 is perfect.

sharonb55
sharonb55 2011-11-15 15:58:33 -0600 Report

Thank ou RebC. I never thought about washing my hands or arms first. Gonna make sure I do it now. Thanks, Sharon

sharonb55
sharonb55 2011-11-15 15:58:27 -0600 Report

Thank ou RebC. I never thought about washing my hands or arms first. Gonna make sure I do it now. Thanks, Sharon

jeopardy3
jeopardy3 2012-03-22 07:39:26 -0500 Report

sharonb55 I have been a diabetic for 42 years. some of those responses are not up to date. One for fact is that you can use ANY finger. They all give blood. as for the one about the squeezing your finger for blood. When you have been pricking your fingers for as long as I have , they become calloused so I have to squeeze so I definitely disagree with that one. I would be will to help you with any questions you may have. send me an e-mail at hutsellb3@cox.net small keep your chin up. It's gonna get easier as you go along!!! Eva

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-16 20:04:01 -0600 Report

I always wash my hands, but I also use a cotton ball and alcohol and rub the area good like that.

medic673b
medic673b 2011-11-17 11:07:46 -0600 Report

if there is any residual alcohol left you will get a reading that is hinky the best thing is to wsh your hands with hot water and soap skip the alcohol

hillwalker
hillwalker 2011-11-19 21:35:40 -0600 Report

actually what he had said is backed up by medical research the pads are generally unneeded. i do use them at work but only after testing to clean the area to give the norms peace of mind