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Old 12-10-2012, 22:04   #1
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Contour diabetes test strips w/test Q AM
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Im asking because i see some online for 30 bucks and not sure why but i also see some over 100 bucks

Any idea on cost with a discount card. I believe my discount card
was from freedrugcard.us

Of course you can tell ive never tested myself before. The nurse showed me how and i already forgot and even accidently pricked myself taking off the end of one of the needles. They want me to keep a log for 3 weeks and comeback

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You don't need a scrip for testing supplies. Many of us use Walmart brand supplies because we can get them cheaper than copays or as many as we like.

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ok, i just called rite aid where i normally get my prescriptions

He said 45 bucks over the phone and that is without the discount card , so not sure if i should get it there or just buy some online or in the store

Another stupid question. Where do i get needles to prick myself? I only see ten in the box. I believe the doc office gave me those but i see 2 different types for some reason.

Im gonna need to watch some vids to make sure i don't prick myself too deep

I don't plan on being diabetic for long. I needed this scare.

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ok, i just called rite aid where i normally get my prescriptions

He said 45 bucks over the phone and that is without the discount card , so not sure if i should get it there or just buy some online or in the store

Another stupid question. Where do i get needles to prick myself? I only see ten in the box. I believe the doc office gave me those but i see 2 different types for some reason.

Im gonna need to watch some vids to make sure i don't prick myself too deep

I don't plan on being diabetic for long. I needed this scare.
First, you're diabetic for life. Sooner u accept that the better off you'll be. Blunt? Yep.

Second. Like I said in previous post, go to Walmart and get one of their Relion prime meters. The meter is about 17 bucks and strips are less than 10 for 50. So for what you're spending you can get 250 strips. You can also get lancets there for about 3 bucks a box.

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If you don't have insurance to cover some of the cost, then the WalMart ReliOn Prime is the way to go.

My doctor prescribed for me the Accu-Chek Aviva Meter and testing strips. The meter came with a lancing pen that holds a cartridge for 6 uses. Like many, including Jenny Ruhl of Blood Sugar 101, I reuse a lancet several times. So I don't need to refill the script for lancets. The WalMart ReliOn lancets are a single use lancet device with exposed lancet, and not as thin as the Aviva, so I do not like using them. Your strips must match the Meter -- but you can use whatever lancing device you want. And pricking your finger is really not that bad at all. Try to prick the sides of the pads instead of the middle of the pad. I generally use the middle, ring, and pinkie on my left hand. The lancets can be set to the desired depth. Try the middle setting at first. If you can't get a drop of blood from that, trying setting it a notch higher. Then you hold your finger still, and touch the test strip (already inserted into the meter) on top of the drop of blood, and let it draw the blood up the strip. You don't smear the blood onto the strip or you will get errors.

The testing strips for the Aviva are over $60 for 50, and Medicare will only pay for once a day, which means I can only refill it once every 50 days. But last time my co-pay was $7. So I do get them when I can, but the rest of the time I am using my ReliOn Prime meter and testing strips, which are $9.74 for 50. You really need to get them, you cannot really manage your blood glucose without testing often, several times a day at first.

It's been three months since DX for me, so now I test fasting BG in the AM and then before and after dinner. And anytime I eat something that I am not sure how it will affect my blood glucose. But I used to test up to 8 times a day.

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You asked for a video... here's one.

This should give you an idea of how it's done. Once you get some experience behind you it'll be second nature.

My comments about the method presented in the video.

1. When I test I first insert the test strip slightly into the meter, enough so it stays put, but not enough for it to activate. I'll press it in all the way after I get the blood drop. This way if I take a long time in getting the blood drop, the meter won't time out before I'm ready.

2. I don't change the lancet but maybe once in six months. There's really no need to change it for every test.

One more comment, since you are so new to this. There are two sets of numbers for BG level. USA uses mg/dl, which are whole numbers (i.e., 100, 140, 200, 353, etc.) and what the rest of the world uses which is mmol/L and shows as numbers with a decimal (i.e.: 3.1, 5.8, 15.6, etc.). The man in the video is from Britain, and mentioned his BG level was 3.6. That translates to 65 for those in the US.

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Contour has a savings card on their site. You just register and they send you one and you get a discount up to $50 off your prescription. My husband is able to get 100 for a 25 day supply for $15 using the savings card. Recently the doctor gave him a script for 200 and the copay using the card is $26. Anyone can get the card and is good at any pharmacy.

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AccuCheck has a similar savings card on their site which I use. I get 200 a month for a $15 copay using the card.

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has to first be compatible with the contour meter right?

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I have a similar card for the Freestyle. I believe iBGstar has a similar program as well.

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