Like "Thanks Alicia, re1ndeer & James. I think it is a defective meter. I used my old contour this morning & had no trouble at all. The only thing I can think of if it isn't defective, is that the Freestyle has a small, narrow button that is too hard for me to push, where the Contour has a button the size of my thumb. Only thing is, the Contour isn't as accurate as the Freestyle. I haven't tried any other testers. But I'm going to call about it. I actually got it when I signed up here. You asked about the CPS, James. I made a little typo there. It is MPS or more recently known as CMP for Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome. (I confused my acronyms) Many people, including many doctors, will put it together with Fibro, but it is a very distinct disorder. It is a neuromusclular disorder. Sometimes people have both FMS & CMP, but the doctor or PT will treat only the FMS & that makes the CMP worse, practically immobilizing a person within a month & they have to take a month of complete rest to be able to do anything again. It's horrible. Thanks for all your suggestions. I'll let you know how it goes. And it was great talking to you again James. Take care. Shelia"