Accu Chek mobile stripless bs monitor

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I have received the above this morning.  Anyone any experience of using this one.  I chose it for my husband as it had good reviews and is stripless however I did not realise that the lancets and cassettes needed are so expensive.  I have had to order more lancets as it only came with 12 which are single use only.  My husband had difficulty in getting a drop of blood out but did eventually and and got a reading of 11 just before lunch which I think shocked him a bit and he is talking about changing his diet. So far so good.

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    i dont used the lancets i buy finger pricks from ebay you get about 10 for a couple of pound, am not sure of the readings but am sure the hosp and gps use these machines x
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    Depending how much medicine your husband takes for his diabetes you can get lancet and test cassettes on prescription as I do,
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      Thanks for your reply.  My husband take 2 x500 metformin twice a day and I Gliclazide 80mg? in the morning he asked his gp about getting either a meter or strips on prescription and was told it was not necessary to test for type 2.  Added to that our surgery seems to be taking lots of things off prescription.  Whether or not if they find his next blood test is up they will change their mind I don't know but it seems unlikely.  I don't know whether it varies from NHS trust to trust.

      We are in Greater London.

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      I am sorry Marilyn that is not quite true. I take 4 glial azide 80 per day and 4 metformin per day but my GP has point blank refused to let me have a prescription for lancets and test strips. According to him, if you are Type 2 you do not need to check your blood sugars regularly. "It is perfectly safe to have your HbA1c checked twice yearly." Given that I have just come out of hospital where it was checked several times per day and was never below 12 I do not agree with him!
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      Hello Gill  I quite agree with you our surgery says exactly the same no need to test with Type2.  My husband was the type of person who thought take the tablets and forget it.  When he was in hospital for something else as you say they tested his blood sugar regularly.  When he went in it was around 13 and over the next few days it came down obviously only hospital food and no inbetween snacking.  I eventually ordered a blood sugar monitor as I knew he was over eating and that somethings would cause spikes.  He was not pleased saying gp says no need as I am type 2 not on insulin (even though our son has been type 1 since he was two so he did know about testing).  Well he started testing and has been how reducing the amount of carbohydrate and changing the type plus addding protein at breakfast has brought down the spikes and before meals now he is between 4 and 6.  Maybe if they has told him all this instead of just giving him tablets and a diet sheet he may not have had to keep having an increasing his medication.  I am no expert and don't expect he will be perfect but at least he can see for himself with test results.  So like you I don't agree with gps and sadly I think it is just another way of reducing nhs costs.  
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      Are you under the GP or diabetes facilitator specialist, I am under the diabetic facilitator specialist, she has more knowledge than doctors, my GPS leaves it up to her to sort my diabetes.
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    I am under a diabetic specialist facilitator and she said glicazide can cause hypos more than metformin I am 2 metformin, morning and night plus extra one lunch time and 2 glicazide morning and night and 1 stimulating in morning. He could try changing his diet what is his usual diet per day
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      Hello Thank you for your reply.  Yes we did know that glicazide can cause hypos and it is usually just before lunch if if happens.  I should say that we have a a son who was diagnosed with type 1 at age 2 back in 1970s, but things seem to have changed so much.  As for his diet it has not been as good as it could be.  Breakfast 3 slices of wholemeal toast(I have tried to get him down to 2) with olive spread and either marmite or marmalade(not good I know) tea with skimmed milk and sweetners.  Lunchtime is nearly always a sandwich of ham,cheese,egg etc always with salad and fruit depending what I have apples,pears,

      bananas,melon,strawberries,raspberries etc.  Evening meal meat and 2 veg probably oven chips too often but only small portions, low fat yogurts as puddings sometimes.  It is the inbetween eating that he has got to change rich tea biscuits yes but too many, hotcross buns, scones.  He does not eat crisps or chocolate though and the main thing is he likes his beer,  around 8-10 pints a week usually over 4 days with 3 off.  This is the thing that I would really like him to change not only for the diabetes but to lose weight (beer belly). He had a reading of 11 before lunch today and I made him have less carbo for lunch tonight before dinner it was 6.2.  Evening was homemade lambstew. 

      I think now at least I hope he will realise what foods work for him personally and get slimmer and fitter.  I have my doubts about him giving up beer.  To be fair he has had a lot on his plate this year being admitted to hospital twice and diagnosed with asthma/copd.  Losing weight would help enormously with this as well.  I realise I have nagged him too much so will take is easy now and try and work together.

       

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      I would watch how much fruit he eats, have you thought about joining diabetes uk, I am a member and they have given good support when I needed it and recipes you can download, also every two months they will send a magazine out called balance
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      Yes I did think about it I was a member when my son was diagnosed in the 1970s then it was the British Diabetic Assocation and I remember the magazine.  I think it was called Balance in those days as well.  Of course this was before the internet and so much is available in terms of advice and recipes to download.
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    Welcome to the testing world. It can be frustrating.  Lancets and needles can be used more than once. Most doctors and everyone selling medical supplies will say different.  My Dr and I talked about it and she agreed with my program.  The biggest thing I find is re use does dull the instrument. Sometimes I have to change because the instumnet gets dull and it hurts when I use it.

    I use the same disposabal needle for a bottle of insulin, I use the same pen needle for the whole pen. I am dilligent with cleaning each before and after each use. I change my lancet twice a month. I always wash my hands before testing. I have seen testing supplies more than tripple in price in the last 3 years.

    The suggestion for getting the stuff on prescription is worth looking into. I find it is not worth dealing with until I get past the doughnut hole (the gap in coverage here in the US) There are lots of places on line that will for very little money ship the needed supplies to you, even Amazon.  Ask lots of questions before you order. My last insurance refused to quote pricing until they had an perscription. They are now my ex insurance company.  The insurance I have now will quote anything based on the formulary. Do you have the formulary for your insurance?

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