Every year or so, I have to switch my glucometer due to what my insurance will cover. It’s not a huge deal, because meters are just meters- as long as they’re accurate. I don’t care about the bells and whistles of meters that do special things with data anymore, because, well… I just don’t. I have my Dexcom, and I feel like the bulk of important information comes from that anyway. These days, my meter is just what I use to calibrate the Dexcom. And as long as it’s calibrated, I trust the Dexcom’s numbers just as much or more than a glucometer.
My insurance company now only covers One Touch meters. So, it was time to move on again. My endo had two to chose from: the Verio and one other (I don’t recall the name) that looked a little flimsy, so I went with the Verio. I liked the sleek look of it.
Instead of batteries, it has a charger. Initially, I liked this idea. But I just noticed last night that the charge only holds for 1-2 weeks. So when I go on a trip that’s anything over a week, I have to remember to take yet another charging cord. Ugh. So honestly, I think batteries are my preference. They last for months, and double A batteries are cheap! Oh well. Not a big deal.
Like pretty much all the meters I’ve tried in the past few years, the Verio is quick and simple. Just a teeny bit of blood on the teeny strip, and 5 seconds later, you know what your blood sugar is.
I’m currently paying out of pocket until I meet my deductable, so this first 3 months supply of test strips cost me around $560 at my online pharmacy. Just out of curiosity, my husband checked Amazon Prime’s pricing on the strips and they were actually CHEAPER on Amazon. But we weren’t sure how regulated they were (when’s they’re expiration? why do the boxes look diffrent?) if I bought them through Amazon and the price difference wasn’t hugely significant. Before I order my next batch of strips, I might look into this a little more. I guess I shouldn’t just assume that buying from my online pharmacy (when it’s out of pocket and not a drug that needs a prescription) is always the best, most affordable option. I wonder how much the strips would be if I ordered them from Canada?