Today we are asked to write about whatever we wish, which makes today the perfect opportunity for me to share my thoughts on the new meter I’ve been using for over a month now.
Most of you have heard of the new OneTouch Verio IQ meter, and I know that many other d-bloggers have shared their thoughts on the meter (Kerri’s thoughts; Kim’s thoughts) and while I don’t have a whole lot that’s new to say, I still wanted to throw in my 2¢.
I was initially really interested in this meter because it alerts you to high or low patterns based on recent readings at similar times of the day. Let’s face it – I’m horrible at spotting patterns on my own, despite trying to log things. I really felt I need a meter that will smack me in the face with that information and let me know immediately what the situation is. And this meter has delivered, so far. A low pattern and two high patterns have been brought to my attention by my meter that I had no clue were happening.
I am really in love with this meter for a lot of reasons, besides its ability to alert me to patterns in my blood sugars. First off, it’s stylish. Look at it. Now be honest – isn’t it the sexiest blood glucose meter you’ve ever seen? As other d-bloggers have pointed out, it does look more like an MP3 player than a medical device – which is cool with me. The less I feel like a ‘sick person’ the better.
I also appreciate that this meter comes with a rechargeable battery. I’ve been experiencing a lot of inner turmoil lately about medical waste and how much we as diabetics are expected to use and dispose of – things made of plastic, primarily. But also tons and tons of batteries. So I love that this meter doesn’t require me to run through a supply of batteries. Right now it seems I get about 1-1.5 weeks out of a charge, but I don’t think I’ve ever fully charged it (for a few hours), so if I did I’m sure I’d get the 2 weeks out of it that it’s supposed to get.
Because it’s rechargeable it comes with a USB cable – which is a huge bonus because now I can download my meter without paying for the OneTouch cable I never wanted to pay for. Thing is – I don’t like the OneTouch software, so I don’t download my meter. But the point is, I could for no additional cost to me. I do on occasion (very very rarely) use Animas’s Diasend software, and this meter is compatible to be uploaded using Diasend, which is another bonus.
This is also the first meter I’ve ever had that has a strip port light, which I find super cool. I always had to turn the light on to test at night before – but now I have a light that is actually bright enough to guide the strip in. The strip port light along with the full color screen means I can see my bloody finger and not smear blood everywhere too. (Gross, I know, but it happens…)
The one thing I wasn’t so sure about with this meter was if I could get insurance coverage for the strips. Most OneTouch meters use the Ultra line of test strips – these are the strips I’ve used since I was about 15 and I got my OneTouch Ultra meter (since then I’ve been known to use the Ultra 2, the InDuo, the Ultra Smart, a few Ultra Minis, the Ultra Link (when I pumped with Medtronic), and the Ping (is that ALL of the Ultra meters? I think so…). In fact, since I was diagnosed 20 years ago I’ve only ever used LifeScan products. Anyway, I was a bit hesitant about trying to get different strips – I had no idea if they would be covered because they’re so new in the US. However, my insurance company apparently covers ALL types of OneTouch strips at the same copay so I had no issues switching to the Verio strips.
I love the new test strips – they take less blood (a lot less, it seems to me) and they pull blood in from either the right or the left side (not from the top like the Ultra strips do). And there is no coding. Nope, I don’t even have to ensure that my meter is set on the default Ultra code 25. Just…no coding. I love that. And the huge draw-in about the strips? They should be more accurate. According to LifeScan an Ultra strip “automatically checks each blood sample twice to confirm the result”, while a Verio strip “analyzes your blood sample 500 times to correct for common interferences” (ie acetaminophen and Vitamin C).
The only real negative for me? It doesn’t talk to Frank (my insulin pump), which means my Ping meter will continue to be my backup (especially when I’m wearing a dress).