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FANCYQTR's Photo FANCYQTR Posts: 13,708
11/3/14 6:11 P

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The older True Test meters (including just a couple years ago) you had to use over 1/4 inch of blood for it to read (I think around 1/2 cm). Now it is a very small amount and the strips have that strip on them that draws the little drop up to read it. I used to have Freestyle (actually still do, but don't know where it is) and though it only took a tiny drop I had trouble getting it to read that. It had to be on the back and edge of the strip or it wouldn't read. I guess they now have the newer kind of strip that makes it easier to read it, too.



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LITTLEWIND53's Photo LITTLEWIND53 Posts: 17,177
11/3/14 8:23 A

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I hear you about the less blood. The very first meter I ever got (years ago) I had to milk my fingers like crazy to get enough blood, and then my finger would be super-sore all day long. Made it hard to type.....

The one I have now just used a small amount. Doesn't hurt so much and much easier to get that small drop of blood....

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10/31/14 7:38 P

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It is a meter by True Test (True 2 Go). That brand the insurance I have pays for without a co-pay. Others have a 20% co-pay IF you have a prescription. Otherwise you have to pay the entire amount. The True Test are a little more than the Walmart brand, but less than the others. They carry it at Safeway, Walgreens and I think Kings (Kroger, City Market, Frys) now. The True 2Go had just come out in stores here when I got mine so the stores didn't even know that they had the same strips as the larger True Test meter. I got the meter for $10, but couldn't afford the strips without the prescription. When I got the prescription she also prescribed the large meter but I haven't used it. Just like the smaller one myself. Besides, it takes less blood.



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10/31/14 6:55 P

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Now that I have prescriptions for insulin, and the initial strips, I do not ever have to have another one for the strips, lancets or pen needles. When I ask for them at the pharmacy I go to, they just get them for me and they have a doctor or nurse practitioner always available that they can get the OK from.

Here in Canada, most doctors will not fill prescriptions over the telephone so this is their way of being able to get the supplies for the patient in a timely manner.... So when I am in to see my doctor, I just have to watch the actual meds and insulin and don't worry about the supplies....

Glad you worked out a system that works for you..... That sounds like a nice compact unit.... What brand it is?

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10/27/14 7:14 P

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Thanks Linda. That does make sense. That is actually why I got my monitor (I have only had the prescriptions for that when I have asked for them). I thought if I was eating lower carbs that it might be an idea to have a new monitor. I just wonder what police do in that situation. Too many times they don't seem to know that someone is having problems and they don't look to see if they have any kind of medical alert on them. At least I would have my monitor handy since it is very small. It is just the size of the top of the container of strips and fits on the container. Then there is a sleeve that goes around the strip container and has a loop to hold the lancet device. I put a few lancets in with the strips and it is all very compact. If I would be in trouble and still awake I would at least be able to get that out.



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10/27/14 3:25 A

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Most dieticians try to push high carb diets on new diabetics. Most of us should never eat more than 100 grams per day, and many should be 50 grams or less. The best way to tell how you are doing is to test, Test TEST....

However, there is one thing that the Diabetes Educator taught me that made sense. Now this was in the early 90's that I went to this person, so they may have changed the protocol since then.....

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If you are experiencing symptoms but cannot tell if it is hyper or hypo, treat it as if it was hypo. The thing is, with low blood sugar, you can go into a coma and possibly die..... and it can happen quickly....

High blood sugar does not kill you right away. It will cause damage to internal organs, but it usually takes years of abuse for things to get that bad..... So......

But all things considered, it is better to test and know which it is and treat appropriately.....

And like I said, they may have changed this protocol since I went to classes so do check with your health care team to get thier insights on this.....

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10/22/14 2:25 P

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What I meant by having those symptoms anyway is that I have them from other things. They cannot figure out why I get light headed other than it is possible that my BP drops suddenly, then goes back to normal. That has been discussed with both my PCP and a neurologist. My eyes will totally blur over and it isn't from high BG. They will slowly clear up from the top down. Even the opthamologist doesn't know what that is from. My retina is doing fine other than a slight bit of retinopathy. The stomach issue I am not sure of, but the oncologist said it is from scar tissue. So I can't tell if my BG is way high because I already have the symptoms. I had the same problem with diabetes symptoms messing with cancer symptoms. So I guess I am just up-the-creek on those symptoms.

I have been to diabetic nutrition training (one on one) but I cannot eat that many carbs or else I would be eating carbs constantly during the day. I didn't eat as many as they say before I got diabetes.



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10/22/14 7:17 A

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FANCYQTR,
Now that you know you're experiencing some of these symptoms, talk with your doctor to determine how to approach the symptoms, what should you do and when you should do it. Good luck and stay aware of what you feel. Have you gone to diabetic nutrition class? I have gone to two and have learned quite a bit about diabetics.

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FANCYQTR's Photo FANCYQTR Posts: 13,708
10/21/14 3:06 P

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I could really be in trouble with those symptoms. I haven't been over 300, but I have a lot of those symptoms. Not the thirst, but light headed, blurred vision (other than the cataract), trouble waking up, stomach pain. Also, not so much confusion, but I can't remember some things (words or names mostly). I guess symptoms really cross over to different problems a lot.



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10/21/14 2:13 P

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I got this from WebMD:

If your blood sugar levels are consistently 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) to 350 mg/dL, you may have mild symptoms of high blood sugar (Hyperglycemia). You may urinate more than usual if you are drinking plenty of liquids. Some people who have diabetes may not notice any symptoms when their blood sugar level is in this range. The main symptoms of high blood sugar are:
•Increased thirst.
•Increased urination.
•Weight loss.
•Fatigue.
•Increased appetite.
•Warm, dry skin.

Moderate to severe high blood sugar

If your blood sugar levels are consistently high (usually above 350 mg/dL in adults and above 240 mg/dL in children), you may have moderate to severe symptoms of high blood sugar. These symptoms include:
•Blurred vision.
•Extreme thirst.
•Lightheadedness.
•Flushed, hot, dry skin.
•Restlessness, drowsiness, or difficulty waking up.


If your body produces little or no insulin (people with type 1 diabetes and some people with type 2 diabetes), you also may have:
•Rapid, deep breathing.
•A fast heart rate and a weak pulse.
•A strong, fruity breath odor.
•Loss of appetite, belly pain, and/or vomiting.

If your blood sugar levels continue to rise, you may become confused and lethargic. You also may become unconscious if your blood sugar levels are very high.


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I have a medical alert bracelet (won't stay on, though, it keeps breaking), but the cops around here often will not even look to see if you have one. I live alone though, so if I start having one of those problems I won't have anyone to help me if something goes wrong. Fortunately in my case my diabetes isn't severe so I am not really worried about that, but I would like to know what the symptoms are. How are the hypoglycemia symptoms different from the hyperglycemia symptoms? How do people tell whether the person they are dealing with needs sugar or insulin?



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10/21/14 8:41 A

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I have experienced diabetic "shock" in the form of a coma b/c my blood sugar got too low (aka Diabetic hypoglycemia). This was maybe 6 years ago. I wasn't on insulin at that time either. I felt fine that morning and got up and had my oatmeal and eggs. I went upstairs and lay on the bed and my husband couldn't wake me up and called an ambulance. I wasn't aware of the signs that I was in trouble. Since then, I recognize when I feel "shaky" and will take some juice. But I would suggest a medical bracelet that says "DIABETIC" so that if something happens you can be revived. Go to WebMD to find out more. Hope this helps..

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Me too.

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I am wondering the same thing. I hope someone else posts with this information.

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10/20/14 7:10 P

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Just wondering about how you recognize these symptoms and how you would know which one was which. I was watching Emergency (we have reruns of old shows like that) and there was a guy that they thought was on drugs and OD'd, but he was actually in insulin shock. Around here it seems like the police don't know the symptoms, either, and I've heard of people dying because they were thought to have OD'd on drugs. There were also people arrested because they fought due to diabetic shock. I have never known how to recognize symptoms of either. All the people I've known with diabetes, including my relatives, have not gone into shock of either kind.



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