What do you mean by "upside down"? Did your old meter reading correspond to lab test results? In other words, how did you know they were correct? Maybe others here can chime in on what meters with inexpensive strips give good result. I use TrueTrack meter from Walgreens and True Track strips which I can get shipping free from Amazon.com. They have many distributors with different prices on Amazon.com for True Track. I usually pay 23 cents a strip.
The only way to know if a meter tests properly is to take it to the lab with you when you have blood drawn. Some meters are very different from each other. Which of the two meters have you tested? The cost of the strips does not mean that the meter itself tests better.
How many of you would contribute to a kickstarter project to test meters? It might take a few hundred dollars to get results and buy the meters, but I can get cheap blood samples either by soliciting a medical facility, a med school, a diabetes association, or when I travel to Peru(where I go to the state hospital and get blood tests for almost nothing). It won't cost much if I get a few dozen people to contribute.
I've got more than one meter, so why not have someone grab everyone's different meters just before they go to have a blood draw?
There are so many variables when using meters and strips.
You have to make sure your strips are not expired. It does make a difference. The research I have done is that the strips should give you reasonable results five months after the expiration date. If you discover your numbers are way different with these expired strips, toss them, and open a new canister.
Also, you should never use the first drop of blood to test. This drop contains a lot of lymphatic tissue. Try not to squeeze the finger you use for testing after you lance it.
I have six meters and use insulin. I've tested all of them and they are within 3-4 points of each other. If you feel a number is off-base, test again using a different finger. I've done that when I had a reading of 26. I thought "no way." Tested again on a different finger and that one read 27. I tested my husband and daugher to make sure this was no faulty reading. Needless to say, I was that low. The hot flashes and sweating confirmed that.
Some meters can be faulty as well as the strips. I cannot tell anyone which meter is better than another. I have used Bayer Contour, FreeStyle, Free Style Lite, One Touch, One Touch Lite and now I am using the One Touch Verio. Yes all the strips are expensive. Without insurance, I'd be paying through the nose or using over-the-counter strips.
I guess some people do have difficulty. I have my lancet set for a deeper depth, because many times nothing would come out unless I squeezed. So I changed the depth. Make sure your fingers are nice and warm. If you can't get anything, bend down at the waist with your arms hanging for a bit. If you need to resort to squeezing, wipe that first drop away. Don't use it for testing. This is what my doctor's office said.
With the deeper depth, I don't have a problem with blood coming out. Yeah, my fingers are bruised, but I want a sample as accurate as I can get it, since my insulin dosaging depends on my blood sugar reading.
Auriga thanks for the tip that you gave anon... about the second drop of blood.
My doctors never said anything about which blood drop to use, today just to see if there was a difference, the 1st drop after eating said 90, second drop same finger different test strip was 86. I'll start using the 2nd drop from now on.
I have my lancet only on 2 because I have a condition called clubbed fingers cause by my lungs - so I am not allowed to go to deep or I'd have blood everywhere.
Auriga 1 explained in a reply 2 days ago that squeezing the finger puts a lot of lymphatic tissue into the blood sample. Lymphatic tissue is clear and does not contain the glycosulated red blood cells, so your sample would be diluted and would not show your blood sugar reading to be as high as it really is.
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