looking for advice

By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2014-10-18 11:29:14 -0500
Started 2014-10-13 10:54:01 -0500

Ok I have a Doctor's Appt coming up - I have 1 1/2 pages for it written up. Oh yeah I am going in armed LOL. I need a new meter. My trusty Freestyle is about to die beyond a battery replacement. Suggestions appreciated.
* I want least amount of blood needed for testing.
* maybe smartphone app compatible.
* small & easily stowed for traveling.
Ready set go!

10 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-10-18 11:29:14 -0500 Report

Hey ConnieMarie,

Glad to hear you are going to your doctor's appointments armed with notes. That's a good way to make sure you make the best of your appointment. You might want to go through your notes and come up with a list of questions or things you want to alert your doctor too, so that you can make sure you use the time well and that you don't get lost in details and miss something.

Nice to see you!


ConnieMarie 2014-10-13 18:12:24 -0500 Report

My insurance coverage is good - they will cover what ever my doctor writes a script for. I am disabled and on Medicaid with Caresource. While Caresource has its moments of frustration - usually by specialist not taking it. They have been awesome at covering my meds & supplies. 12/24/11 i became a Young Stroke Survivor at 39 after an ER Doc screwed up causing 4 strokes. As a diabetic question EVERYTHING because I ended up getting 4 times the normal of a bp med instead of glucose for my low.

GabbyPA 2014-10-14 05:10:10 -0500 Report

Oh, wow, that is horrible. I hope you are pursuing something from that.

I just use a cheapy no thrills meter. However, we have a page that offers the meter information and how our members here rate them. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-treatments/glucose-meters

ConnieMarie 2014-10-14 06:34:24 -0500 Report

I started to but quickly discovered hospitals make sure they have businesswith every lawfirm so it becomes a conflict of interest.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 15:50:49 -0500 Report

Connie, Local law firms perhaps, but what about using a law firm or lawyer which is still licenced in your state, but is not local. Liklihood that they would not have done business with that hospital.

GabbyPA 2014-10-14 06:39:20 -0500 Report

That is so sad. I know we are just trying to get a doctor to pay some bills of ours from an issue he caused that almost killed my husband. No lawyer wanted to touch it. I finally had a client who is a lawyer and we did some trade. I don't know if it's paid yet, but we can only hope. They do make if very difficult to do anything for a patient unless they died or suffered permanent injury from the indecent.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-10-13 17:32:11 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed at the VA and they gave me the Accu Check Aviva. The soft click device for the lancet doesn't hurt and the test strip will work with very little blood. As the others have mentioned, you will need to see what your insurance will cover, but if you get a choice, I would recommend the Accu Chek.

Glucerna 2014-10-13 17:11:06 -0500 Report

Definitely check with your insurance first. I just googled 'glucometer comparison' and came up with several different sites that compare meters. Your physician may also have a recommendation. It's great you're going to the appointment prepared! ~Lynn @Glucerna

birch21 2014-10-13 11:19:46 -0500 Report

Hello ConnieMarie, see that you would like to know where to find a new meter. There are lots out there to choose from and you can just about find all you want a meter to do. I found that you can search for testing meters online and sometimes you can get the meter free if you purchase the test strips. Hope you find the meter you want and are looking for. Good luck.

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