Control Solution, Test Strips, Sharps Container OH MY!

By kc_froglady Latest Reply 2013-08-30 09:14:52 -0500
Started 2013-08-21 18:03:21 -0500

I was diagnosed yesterday and picked up the RX and my testing strips tonight on my way home from work. I anticipated starting the meds (Metformin) and AM testing with my new monitor like my Dr. advised tomorrow however; I see the meter calls for some kind of control test solution. What? That wasn't in anything. No one mentioned that. Do I have to buy that somewhere else? Also the "kit" came with 10 lancets but where do I get more of them? Oy this is going to be a huge learning curve for me.

10 replies

Type1Lou 2013-08-23 14:39:05 -0500 Report

In my 37 years with diabetes, I've only used the test solution a few times to verify whether my meter was properly reading my BG's. Usually the meter just dies rather than malfunctioning and most meter manufacturers are more than willing to replace the bad meter for free because they want you to buy/use their strips.

kc_froglady 2013-08-23 06:42:18 -0500 Report

Well I was lucky in finding lancets at a reasonable price but no luck on the test solution. At the last place I checked they said to call the manufacturer so I will get that # today and try to call.

SweetinNorCal 2013-08-22 17:09:25 -0500 Report

Check the manufacturers website. I use a ReliOn meter and they provided control solution free via the site.

kc_froglady 2013-08-30 08:12:17 -0500 Report

Thanks for this tip as I did get through to them and they are sending me some out. They also sent me some lancets just for calling in! WooHoo :)

Nick1962 2013-08-21 19:50:02 -0500 Report

Yup, I never got test solution either, but really in the 6+ years I've been doing this, I only used it twice.
Don't know what meter you have, but no RX is needed for strips. I get mine cheaper here (insurance limited me)

kc_froglady 2013-08-23 06:44:33 -0500 Report

thanks for sharing the link I will check that out. Right now he has me testing 1 x per day just first thing in the AM although I am not sure that is going to be an accurate indicator and for my own peace of mind I think I might want to do it more often based on the initial first readings I am getting (extremely HIGH!)

Nick1962 2013-08-30 09:14:52 -0500 Report

Yup, i always say test as often as you can afford.
Tseting once a day is like eating one chocolate chip to find out how a whole cookie will taste.

kc_froglady 2013-08-21 19:45:20 -0500 Report

hmmm nope no vial of testing fluid I guess a call to the Dr. / trip to the pharmacy tomorrow. I did have a RX for more strips I thought the test fluid would be with them.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-21 19:28:42 -0500 Report

There should be a vial of red fluid that came in your test kit. Your doctor should have provided you with a prescription for more test strips. I would call in the morn. and have him call in the script to your pharmacy.
It is a huge learning curve for sure, but you have found a great site for support and advice.
Welcome kc_froglady! :-)

Katykakes 2013-08-21 19:27:33 -0500 Report

I've always had the control solution come with my blood tester. The lancets you can get from the pharmacy, or a one stop shopping centre. If u didnt get a control solution with ur monitor i'd talk wih ur pharmacist they might have a tester bottle behind the counter. It's definatly a learning curve, but soon enough it'll be like clockwork. Routine visits to the pharmacy and lab and appointments it might seem overwhelming at first, but give it a few months.. You'll be a pro. Good luck!

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