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what meter do you prefer?

6 (28.6%)
One Touch
10 (47.6%)
Accu Check
3 (14.3%)
1 (4.8%)
1 (4.8%)

Total Members Voted: 21

Voting closed: March 20, 2012, 08:30:44 AM

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Offline alissasmom

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meter choice
« on: March 17, 2012, 08:30:44 AM »
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  • I also wonder the people that use ping and Pod pumps do you use the remote/meter that goes with your pump or choose a seperate meter?
    Jamie, mom to Alissa 8(dx12-1-06@14months old)pumping with a pink animas 2020  (5-13-08 ) now a green ping , and Caden 7 yrs

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #1 on: March 17, 2012, 08:49:29 AM »
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  • We have the Ping but only use the remote to bolus, not as a meter.   

    We just recently switched from One Touch to Freestyle.  Abby likes that freestyle takes less blood.  I am finding we are getting errors with it occassionally where it says she is low (usually really low) when she really isn't. 
    Mary Jo Mom to Abby 16 (dxed 9-2-2008, pumping 3-1-2009, Dexcom 11-2012)

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012, 08:58:29 AM »
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  • We used the Accuchek Aviva in the beginning and had no issues with it... then got Onetouch with her pump... have been happy with it too.

    Mom to Annelies, 14 (Dx 18 Mar 08~Pumping MM Oct 08-May 12, Omnipod May 12-Aug 13. tSlim Aug 13+ ~Dexcom Oct 11), Katy, 18 (non-D) and Jory (non-D/US Navy)
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    Offline mymomtime

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 10:49:02 AM »
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  • We started out with Accu-check in the hospital.  Kristen liked it best (you could customize it with a sticker).

    When we started pumping and got the meter that beams to the MM we switched to OneTouch.  I am one of the few that actually really like it.  It doesn't bother either of us the amount of blood that it uses.  And I'm confident in its readings. 

    We use the remote that comes with the PING.

    I tested the Contour against the One Touch a month or so ago.  I found it did measured similarly with the One touch when she was in range...but out of range on the high side it measured WAY higher.  Some times 100 points difference.

    Ryan and I talked about it and we came to the conclusion that you have to pick a meter brand, be comfortable with it and then use that meter to make your settings.  Since each brand of meter has a different variance, it makes a lot of sense to just stick to one brand. 

    So for right now, we are a OneTouch family and happy with it.  :)
    Mom to Kristen (age 14) d/x 7/25/07 and Nathan (age 12) non-D, and Joseph (age 5)
    Pumping with Animas Ping since 2/12
    Pumped with MM 2/08-2/12

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012, 11:11:04 AM »
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  • We started with the freestyle because of the small sample size and ability to add more if needed without error-ing out and losing the strip.  Now we're podders and use the pdm which is freestyle also.  We have been happy with it.
    Angela- Mom to S- 8/9/04 (dx 5/4/11)  G- 6/4/08 and L- 4/3/12 and W- 3/18/15

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 11:22:50 AM »
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  • I think each meter has pros and cons and just like pumps, you have to decide which are most important to you.

    We started with the Accu-Chek Compact.  Still use it for running since he doesn't have to load a strip (you load a canister and when you want to test it spits out a strip ready to go).

    Then we went to Accu-Check Aviva.  We really liked it.

    Now we are using One Touch Ultralink because it beams bg to his pump.  I don't like the meter at all.  It needs more blood, is bulkier than the Aviva, less user friendly, strips too small, BUT - his pump captures all BGs.  Before we started using this, he would forget to put a lot of his bgs into his pump unless he was eating.  Most especially he forgot to enter the lows.  That made my pump reports not very accurate.  So the only reason I'm loving this meter is the capture of data.
    Mom to - Jordan 22, Grant (19 dx 9/17/09 MM Revel 6/1/10), Brett 16

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 11:54:47 AM »
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  • It is the preferred brand by my insurance company.  I used to use Freestyle. 
    Robin, 34, PA
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    Claire Elizabeth born 3-25-12
    Ian James born 12-19-14

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #7 on: March 17, 2012, 09:52:52 PM »
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  • I also wonder the people that use ping and Pod pumps do you use the remote/meter that goes with your pump or choose a seperate meter?

    yes we use the ping remote meter with her pump.

    As for the voting, Ashleigh prefers the one touch meters.  We also have the mini one touch meters in green, blue, and 2 purples.

    I actually kind of like the walmart brand meter we have here (ReliOn). Mainly because the sample size is so small. 0.3 ml compared to one touch's 1.0 ml.  But Ashleigh doesn't like it.  It's kind of cheapy plastic feeling, but i've compared it's numbers with one touch and it's usually only 5pts or less difference between the two meters.
    Chris mom to 4 girls
    Ashleigh (17) T1D 3/23/10
    MDI w/Lantus & Novolog
    Pumped Animas & Tslim: Dec 2010-July 2015
    A1C 6.2%

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #8 on: March 17, 2012, 11:02:53 PM »
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  • I love the freestyle, such a small amount of blood and the light OMG THE LIGHT it is the best. We also use the contour which I like for the USB connection. Lucky that we are allowed two meters on our insurance. HE carries the contour with him and the freestyle stays in his bedroom for night checks.

    Anthony (age 21) dx age 9   2/24/2004

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #9 on: March 17, 2012, 11:44:29 PM »
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  • We're Accu-chek users here.  We use the Aviva Nano at home and he uses the compact plus at school.
    mum to Campbell (18) dx on 20 July 2007 Pumping with the t:slim & Dexcom, and Tom (14) non-D 

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #10 on: March 18, 2012, 01:34:10 PM »
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  • I PREFER the FreeStyle, but we use the One Touch with the Ping meter remote. I miss having the test strip light on the meter.
    Parth, mom to 2 daughters, Valkyrie (non-d) age 17 and Nyssa (age 11) dx 11/22/05...pumping w/ Animas 2020 since January 14, 2008. Upgraded to Animas Ping, October 25, 2010.  Started Dexcom G4 on September 6, 2014. Married to {He has a name}  Kenneth since 1995. Vineland, New Jersey

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    Re: meter choice
    « Reply #11 on: March 19, 2012, 09:42:18 PM »
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  • I had a recent string of bad luck with freestyle so switched from that brand.  At this second we are using the generic true2go which every pharmacy carries as their house brand.  It's the one that fits on the strip bottle.  We wont be using it for long though since it doesn't keep times, and I don't keep logs. 

    We are going to try the accu-check brand again.  With the discount card they are $15.00.  The discount card is why I switched to the freestyle from the ping meter/remote. 

    I am not a loyal customer.  I will use whatever is the cheapest and causes me the least trouble.  If one brand causes me issues I'll switch.  I switched from contour after getting a bad bottle of strips they wouldn't replace. 
    Tiffany mom to 4.  T. 9-00 non-d  V. 12-02 dx 12-08  H. 3-07  E. 9-10


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