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Old 09-22-2011, 00:22   #11
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i have a one touch ultra mini with code 25 strips.

i have had some wacky numbers with mine (free from doc).

Once it read 180 and i'm like no that can't be.. and i test again and it's 130 so i take any of the readings with a grain of salt.. i do double and sometimes triple test to see where the numbers stand which sadly hurts like heck

Some batches of test strips work fine and others don't it seems. So unless i see a number that is way off i figure i'm close within 20pts of whatever it says.. that's just me though.

I don't have insurance but use alcohol pads to wipe down then dry and test. I had some interesting numbers prior to the thorough cleanings with the pads so that's me.

I occasionally mess up on my diet and my body is slow to correct itself.

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With the control solution my Bayer Contour reads 124 to 135 with newer strips and more around 135 with soon to expire strips. I get a lot of bad readings of 30 or more points high with Contour.

My AVIVA when wrong is usually very wrong so bad readings are easier to detect, like 199 when it is really 112 mg/dl.

I like the NIPRO TRUEresult/TRUEtest best because it calibrates at 32-62 (47) in the control test and is rarely more than 3 points off. Also it is much cheaper like $69 per 100 verses $130 per hundred.

Of course if you are most interested in drawing neat graphs at around 124 then the more expensive Contour is for you, but personally I am hypo-phobic so I prefer more accuracy at 47 mg/dl.

But then it usually boils down to what your insurance will cover, doesn't it?

But maybe most people can tell if they are low and just take a glucose tablet and are more worried about if their high is only 200 or so or ER time like 400 to 600+ where almost any meter will do.


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