Recently I mentioned in a post that I have been testing my BG 17-19 times on some days. I am trying to “control” my BG like never before but those frequent tests do not have all to do with my efforts. I can thank many of those tests for the lack of confidence I have in my glucose meter readings. A few months ago I blogged about frustration I was having with my One Touch meter, leading me to switch my primary meter to the Freestyle Lite. Since then, I have used the Ping meter on occasion since
I am lazy it is convenient to be able to bolus from that, especially when I wear a dress or skirt and the pump is tucked away. Also on occasion, I have continued my comparison between the two meters. Here is where things take a turn. When I conducted my “testing” between meters back a few months ago, the Freestyle was ALWAYS higher. And I mean always. Now in recent weeks, every time I do a comparison, the Freestyle is ALWAYS lower. And I mean always. (Except when I encountered a meter reading fantasy and the meters read the exact same!) This is so perplexing.
I was so sure that since using One Touch, I was not getting a1c results I expected since it was reading lower than my actual BG readings. Now, I’m not so sure. I don’t know what to think most times when I test my BG. All I want is a reading that will help me manage my diabetes and let me make the right decisions that my health and life depend on. All I want is information I can work with to get my a1c below 7%. How am I supposed to do that if I’m not even sure what my BG really is? Can the FDA or a diabetes meter company answer that for me?
Thank goodness for Edgepark allowing a split shipment of test strips between different kinds. I’m not sure what I would be doing if I didn’t have that option.