[Time for a rant]
Who the heck decided that measuring whole blood was a good thing?!? Especially without a reference chart! I’m not sure if they think you’re actually supposed to treat these the same as plasma numbers, but they’re not! I don’t even know the brand of meter I’ve been using, but it’s the medtronic sponsored one that communicates with my pump. When I first tested the meter, I noticed that my sugars were always about 2 mmol over ALL my other meters (3 of the 4 were super close, but not this one). I went through the customer support and they verified that my meter was working and that whole blood is usually higher than the previous type of testing. Long story short, I was told to just use the meter and trust what it said because they’re results are more accurate than any other meter I’ve ever used.
The only time that meter has read under 7mmol this last week or 2 has been when I was sitting on my new kitchen floor right before chugging back a glass of orange juice, in a cold sweat and fumbling with the strips. My glucose at that moment was 4.4 (before juice). YA RIGHT!
The only reason I’ve been using the strips is because, moving across the country, I can’t afford to waste the strips. I’ve been assuming that I should just add 2 to every number I get and that seems to work fine.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?!?
Totally not cool…
Now that I’m running out, I’m back to the old school meters.
Is it also possible that over 20 years, my body has been used to having higher sugars, so I experience lows at a higher rate? I know the answer is no, but I’m trying to justify this poopy meters poopiness…