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Old 07-27-2015, 15:49   #21
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So did mine. I got prescription for 100 and picked up from Walgreens. 2 days later I still keep getting recorded calls from Walgreens telling me my prescription is ready to pick up.

On a different topic, the last few days things up close have been a lot harder to read than last week. i have some reading (maginfying) glasses that work. But there has been such a sudden change it is a bit concerning.

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So did mine. I got prescription for 100 and picked up from Walgreens. 2 days later I still keep getting recorded calls from Walgreens telling me my prescription is ready to pick up.

On a different topic, the last few days things up close have been a lot harder to read than last week. i have some reading (maginfying) glasses that work. But there has been such a sudden change it is a bit concerning.
bistritapcv.....Hello and welcome aboard. I just saw this thread and I see you have been talking with some of the 'old-timers'...they are the top people here...so listen well to them. They saved my life...

This is important...you need a meter now! Testing your blood sugar is critical! Especially when you are taking medications....your vision problem could be related to your blood sugar levels and also may be a warning of trouble....do not wait on this!

Call you doctor now! Or go to the drug store and purchase one (not preferred)....but not knowing what is going on with you blood is very dangerous! Do something now....and then change doctors as soon as possible! Your doctor put you at risk by presubscribing meds and not giving you a meter. He also should have shown you how to use the meter and explained what to expect from your meds. he also should have shown you how to do injections....he is a quack!

You are going to have to look out for yourself....do not trust or depend on professionals!
Do something about this NOW!

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By the way I have a meter now and have been going crazy with it.

51 readings. Max = 184, Min = 72, Average = 115.8461538
Stdev = 25.37160952

This without insulin. July 29 - Aug 18, 2015

Pita shot it up to 175.
brisket and tortilla only to 131
no carbs all day and then a lemon tart to 125

I was talking to a knowldegable woman and she said that two diabetics could eat the same thing and it would affect them differently.

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By the way I have a meter now and have been going crazy with it.

51 readings. Max = 184, Min = 72, Average = 115.8461538
Stdev = 25.37160952

This without insulin. July 29 - Aug 18, 2015

Pita shot it up to 175.
brisket and tortilla only to 131
no carbs all day and then a lemon tart to 125

I was talking to a knowldegable woman and she said that two diabetics could eat the same thing and it would affect them differently.
I used to think that, but after further pondering of it, I believe the correct saying should be "Two diabetics could eat the same thing, it would affect them the same, they would react differently." My thoughts are that eating the same thing, they would have their individual digestive & metabolic responses, and very likey the measured outcomes will be different. It would apply to two "normal" people as well.

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The lady is absolutely right each of us need to establish our own "safe" food list. How to Lower Your Blood Sugar

Your meter is your best friend but it's not much use for calculating averages (unless you dedicate the meter to one form of test only) since it mixes fastings, post prandials and just plain foul ups into the calculation.

I load my readings into a database on my computer and that lets me calculate my average by type but even that won't give a good overall average since we hammer our meters for tests where we expect useful information (like your post food tests). We miss out on huge periods of the day (no way am I getting up every hour on the hour to check overnight )

But if you follow the ideas in that link How to Lower Your Blood Sugar you'll quickly identify your peaks (usually one hour after meals) and your lows (hopefully your morning fastings)

It will use a few strips (you've noticed ) but once you get a good picture life will become that much easier.

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I know we should test, test, test. However, being realistic the strips don't grow on trees (and I don't think you can reuse them can you?). They are like $1.76 each when I bought myself. Insurance let me get 100 for like $31. But I am wondering how often insurance will let you buy new strips? If you test 5 times a day you will need new strips every 20 days. Will they pay for that?

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Regretably as yet, meter strips are one shot items - and yes, the cost is painful.

I can't comment on how many your insurance will pay for since over here we play by different rules but basically it will almost certainly be in the category of "no-where near enough". You might want to look at Walmart's Relion range for a less expensive option.

Now the good news. Yep, to start with you'll go through strips like nobody's business but (it took me just over a couple of months) once you get that food list sorted, you will be able to cut back substantially. Currently I test in the morning and after meals only if there's something new in the meal or I feel suspicious about something.

So, short term - think on the Relion meter?

I did get a pleasant surprise a couple of months back when I went to my new doctor for the first time. She ticked me off for not testing often enough after meals, so this time round I've done a couple of tests after meals each week for her.

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I found test strips on ebay for a good price but I wonder the wisdom of buying such strips?

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The bottom line is - getting your BG low and stable is your top priority. And you cannot do this without testing - a lot at first. After you are more familiar with what foods do what to your BG, and have eliminated the ones that spike it, then the testing can be reduced some when you are eating meals and foods you KNOW are safe and the total carb load is what you KNOW to be under your personal limit.

I stopped using the Rx meter and strips because of cost increases. I now use the Relion Prime meter from WalMart - $9 for 50 strips or $17/100.

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Things to check:
  • Expiry date.
  • Weather conditions (bad idea to post this sort of thing in extreme weather conditions. Baked or frozen and the strips can be compromised )
  • Seller feedback.
  • Seller location.
Some members have had good results, others not so.

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