Like everything else in life, I tend to learn the hard way. I've read earlier discussions on whether or not the Freestyle Lite test strips can be used with the OmniPod PDM. I decided to post today to save someone else from learning the hard way.
My last shipment of strips in January, I opened the box from Liberty to find Freestyle Lite strips instead of the regular Freestyle. I called Liberty and the pump representative told me that I could use the Lite strips with my PDM. So I used them because I needed strips badly at that point.
In a conversation with Insulet this morning, they told me NOT to use the Lite strips, they are not compatible with the PDM. In placing a new order with Liberty, I asked them to mark my file to send me only the regular Freestyle strips, not the Lite. The Liberty pump rep told me he had never heard of any incompatibility with the Lite strips.
I just did bloodwork this morning so I will see how my pump numbers compare to my A1c. I thought I was doing really well - my 30 day average in my pump data is 113 - but now I have no idea. The Insulet rep said that the Lite strips give inaccurate resdings - not always higher or always lower - just inaccurate. We'll see.
It's not bad enough that we have to deal with diabetes, but we have to deal with suppliers who don't know what they are talking about and apparently don't care enough to find out.