Best way to get extra meters?

By PetiePal Latest Reply 2010-08-03 08:59:04 -0500
Started 2010-07-30 10:01:14 -0500

Hi everyone! Newly Diagnosed on July 22cd, Type 2. My doctor supplied me with a OneTouch Ultra2 which I really like. He suggested I call up Lifescan and see if they'd send me 2 more as he wanted me to have one at home, one at work and one with me for travel. (I travel a good deal at my job). Especially since I started pills and he wants me to be able to check before I drive etc.

Has anyone done this before? Do you just call up and ask them? I figure they must have a ton they give away etc since they really make their money on all the strips. Perhaps they do a rebate thing?

9 replies

PetiePal 2010-08-03 08:59:04 -0500 Report

So an update:

I called up OneTouch/LIfescan and they're sending me a OneTouch UltraMini free of charge. Went by my diabetic doctor's office who also gave me another Ultra 2 and mini so I'm set!

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 09:22:07 -0500 Report

I am the same with the consensus here. I have one meter that I use and just take it with me. I do have a back up with strips in a grab and go kit in case there is an evacuation (I live in hurricane country). That way I don't have to stop and think about if I have what I need. Back ups are good, but I only use one at a time.

Harlen 2010-07-30 16:03:30 -0500 Report

I only use one meeter but have a back up if needed
I just keep it with men
But yo0u can try
Best wishes

realsis77 2010-07-30 11:55:48 -0500 Report

I agree with mays,I also have 3 different meters (I was trying to find a test strip medicare would cover) any way I have tried all three and they ALL give DIFFERENT results! So to be more accurate use only one.

PetiePal 2010-07-30 12:04:04 -0500 Report

Well I stopped by my Diabetic doctor today and they gave me another UltraMini and Ultra2 so I'm all set :) The results shouldn't differ much between the same brand and if you use that contact solution regularly or check in with the doc to make sure you're getting accurate readings.

MAYS 2010-07-30 10:40:10 -0500 Report

I agree with kdroberts, you really should use one meter so that your blood glucose readings (for a given time period) are all in one place and you don't have to worry about the technical variables of different meters.
Having a spare meter or two is a great idea, but if you are documenting your data it's better to have one source (meter).
If you ask, they will give them to you, after all they have nothing to lose, and business to gain.


kdroberts 2010-07-30 10:15:05 -0500 Report

They give them away when you ask, they just don't give away the UltraSmart for some reason. Just call or email them. Really though, it's far easier to just carry the one you have around with you. That way you'll have all the readings on 1 meter and you won't have to deal with different meters reading the blood sample slightly differently.