Over the summer, I wrote about how not one, but two new blood sugar meters (or glucometers, or bg meter…whatever you wanna call it) fell into my lap.
The first one – the Livongo meter – was made available to me through a recently launched company benefit from my employer for people with diabetes. A starter kit, including a meter, strips, lancets, and a carrying case, was mailed to me and I can actually order more strips as needed quickly and easily using a feature of the meter.
I obtained the second meter from my endocrinologist…but it was kind of by mistake. I was promised the latest and greatest Verio meter, the Verio Reflect, but the office set aside the Verio Flex for me. It was still technically an upgrade from my Verio IQ (a meter that isn’t even distributed anymore), but lacking the flash and flair of the Reflect.
So there you have it: I have the Livongo, the Flex, and the IQ. Which one do I actually use, though?
The answer might surprise you based on my review.
I’ve been sticking with the Livongo meter, even though there are times when I question its accuracy.
To combat that, I do a lot of comparing and contrasting with whatever my Dexcom is telling me…and I rely heavily on my physical symptoms when I’m low or high to help increase my confidence in what my devices are reporting.
In addition, my decision to use my Livongo as my main meter (and keep the IQ and Flex as back-ups, of course) was pretty easy to make in the long run because any test strips that I’ll need for it in the future will be provided by my company without any additional cost to me. I’m sorry (not really sorry), but if I can get ANY diabetes supply for FREE, then I’m going to jump on it…even if I’m not 100% in love with its functionality.
Accuracy is definitely the number one factor to me when considering using ANY diabetes device, but I’m also the type of person who is a little wary of any new technology. I will probably always doubt whatever it tells me to some extent. I’ve only really called into question the accuracy of my Livongo meter a handful of times, which isn’t a bad track record. And that’s basically my main gripe with the meter as a whole…otherwise, I love its design, style, ease of use, etc.
But I especially love that I didn’t have to pay a cent for it.
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I am in the middle of a switch myself. have used and really liked the Contour meter for about 6 years now. Contour is always at the top of the list for accuracy and I like it a lot. But….,,,well Medtronic switched compatible meters for the 770g pump. So to remain meter connected, I will be using the Accu-Chek Guide meter. I have always liked Accu-Chek meters in general and the guide was designed at least in part with those of us with non nimble fingers in mind. Now if I can use it well that may be a different issue. The test strips are tiny so that part is a little scary and maybe worse yet I am looking for a new meter bag. Grrr. I really like my current little bag.
I am looking forward to going forward, even with a little bit of trepidation about forward might mean. Oh and if it does not work out? Well I can change again. God bless diabetes technology
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