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CookieZenmilk 05-15-2019 03:39 PM

blood sugar testing
 
I need to replace my elderly mom's blood sugar testing machine. any recommendations on an easy-to-use machine. I have no knowledge of any brands.

GEMRM 05-15-2019 04:17 PM

Around here, you can go to the drug store and talk with the pharmacist. They usually let you look closely at them and try them. The Diabetic Educator associated with the hospital also is a very useful resource. Maybe take your mom with you after you've scouted the options and see what she can manage?

tranum 05-15-2019 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by GEMRM (Post 8253663)
Around here, you can go to the drug store and talk with the pharmacist. They usually let you look closely at them and try them. The Diabetic Educator associated with the hospital also is a very useful resource. Maybe take your mom with you after you've scouted the options and see what she can manage?

agree here

LavenderBlue 05-15-2019 06:55 PM

I use Reli-On brand meter and test strips. They are very reasonably priced and sold at Wal-Mart. ;=)

Tiggersmom 05-15-2019 07:20 PM

Very reasonable priced!
 

Originally Posted by LavenderBlue (Post 8253705)
I use Reli-On brand meter and test strips. They are very reasonably priced and sold at Wal-Mart. ;=)

I too use this brand. The testing strips for 50 around $9 and for 100 are under $17. Due to the reasonable pricing I can test my blood sugar more frequently!

Staying on top of the BS really help me.

bearisgray 05-15-2019 07:28 PM

Wow - those test strips are reasonably priced!

quiltingshorttimer 05-15-2019 07:58 PM

also, check to see what her insurance company will cover (the test strips)--often you can get a device free by using the matched test strips.

quiltingcandy 05-15-2019 08:58 PM

When I had to replace mine it was what the insurance company allowed, and a dr's prescription. I don't think it cost me anything.

zennia 05-16-2019 04:47 AM

check with her doctor and insurance. My doctor had several machines to choose from and they were free.

LynnBBQ 05-16-2019 05:12 AM

I use the Reli-On from Wal-Mart too. The other meters might be free, but they kill you with the test strip prices. You might have to pay $17 for the Reli-On meter but the strips are 100 for about $17. The others give you a free meter but you have to pay around $1.00 per strip if I remember correctly. You make up the price difference in the first couple of weeks.

annievee 05-16-2019 07:29 AM

Some insurance companies are not allowing prescriptions for certain brands of strips. So I had to select new meter to get eligible insurance paid test strips.

Iceblossom 05-16-2019 07:42 AM

I have to be rigorous in my glucose monitoring. My pharmacy doesn't typically carry the strips I use so I tried a new meter. It was wildly inaccurate! Did some googles and such and found that the standards are not at all what I am comfortable, something like 15% inaccuracy either way is considered acceptable by "industry standards" but not by me. I have to know if what I am doing is working or not. My old meter on the other had tests out exactly the same as the lab tests. I now have my test strips special ordered and have to put in the request about 2 weeks before I'm out.

Anyway, the Walmart brands are actually more accurate than most. Wish I was at home where I have my test results page bookmarked.

MaryMo 05-16-2019 08:12 AM

[QUOTE=Tiggersmom;8253706]I too use this brand. The testing strips for 50 around $9 and for 100 are under $17. Due to the reasonable pricing I can test my blood sugar more frequently!

In my area the testing strips are no longer $9 . . . price has risen to $20 for 50 strips . . . but that's still cheaper than other brands. I just bought some this week.

CookieZenmilk 05-16-2019 04:58 PM

thank you everyone for the information.

mjkgquilt 05-16-2019 07:24 PM

My test strips and lancets are covered by my insurance. 100 day supply is less than $4.

shasta5718 05-17-2019 06:02 AM

Check with medicare about getting testing supplies paid for. I have had mine covered 100% for several years. You just have to find a pharmacy in your area that does that and fill out papers and have the Dr. send information. Go to the medicare site and look for pharmacies that are in the system.

lblank42 05-17-2019 11:09 AM

Here's an article that might help - https://diatribe.org/are-blood-gluco...data-18-meters
There are many others, too. Just google "glucose meter accuracy."

ladyinpurple135 05-17-2019 01:47 PM

My,doctor gave me a free meter and my test strips are paid completely through Medicare. I have to pay for the lancets. Medicare also takes care of my metformin. My Endochronologist changed my insulin pen from Lantus (which cost me about $188 for a box of 5 pens) to Tresiba which costs me $47for a box of 5 pens. But I now take a bit more insulin - 20 units which isnt really very high - so the box of pens only last about 10 weeks. I’m hoping your mother has an Endochronologist who is specifically able to deal with her diabetes instead of just a family physician (which I also have and is very good). ,any FP are not able to keep up with new things going in with diabetes. Please talk to the Medicare people to make sure she is not overpaying. My doctors have always given me free meters even when I was not old enough for Medicare.

M.Elizabeth 05-17-2019 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by CookieZenmilk (Post 8253642)
I need to replace my elderly mom's blood sugar testing machine. any recommendations on an easy-to-use machine. I have no knowledge of any brands.

At 96 she should be covered with no cost. Medicare pays for it. As to the brand, as others have said, see what she can use.

sewNso 05-17-2019 02:56 PM

medicare will replace your meter or give you a new one. and they provide the strips. do an internet search on 'mail order diebetic supplies.

1screech 06-06-2019 04:13 AM

Check with her Dr. Mine gives me mine. He probably bills Medicare.


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