Not coding my meter caused my blood glucose readings to be way high! Duh! How dumb can I be!

For the past two days I have been having high readings and I was wonderling why! Well…silly me took my BS just a few minutes ago and it was in the 200’s. Wow! I just so happen to look at the strip bottle and realized I had not coded my meter…silly, silly me! I took another reading and it was 149! DUH!!! I probably would have overdosed on Novolog had I not noticed (not really). BUT, I’m going to have to be more aware of these things in the future. This is the first time this has happened to me. Has this happened to anyone else?

been there, done that! haha. you live and learn =) i double check everytime i grab a new bottle, now!

I just took my blood glucose just a few minutes ago so I could eat lunch, well…it was 115!!! yippie!! As I said, I MUST be more aware of coding my meter!

yes, They need to make the meters talk…each time you put in a strip is shold say “check code number”!

better yet they need to eliminate the need to code.


There are no code meters available. I have one and I love it!

I talked with the accucheck rep and he said the miscoding does not effect the results much but it is mainly there to tell you if the test strips have expired. this might not be the case with other companies.

my meter doesn’t need coding so I’ve never had this issue myself

I have an accuchek and I could never understand why I was always in the 200’s even though I was taking byetta. Finaly I changed to a different meter (same brand) and now my numbers are usually 120-160.

I use Freestyle strips and I rarely notice or change the code, since it don’t make that much different and usually the codes are in range or (12, 13, 16) or (1, 2, 3).

When you had the 200’s and used the Novolog to treat it, did you have lows?? May be you were really high!?

Thats why it is always good to have another meter on hand, from another brand will be great!


What meter do you use that doesn’t need coding? Even if you don’t have to manually enter a new code, there’s usually a code chip to insert for each new batch of strips.

I use the OneTouch Ultra 2. I have to code the meter according to the code that is on the bottle of the new bottle of stripes. This is one time I did not do it and it made a huge difference. I was extremely high! Once coded, it was within normal range.