Today was one of the worst roller coaster days I have ever had. I had heard the rumors about the Contour USB not giving the proper readings. I realize there will be some fluctuation, but today was ridiculous and I still feel sick because of it. The day started pretty normally. I checked by blood, took my insulin, ate my breakfast, and went to work. After a few hours, I started to feel low, so I ate two bags of trail mix. That’s a bit much. Then, I went to take insulin for the 300 grams of carbohydrates I just ate. I had forgotten to make sure I had enough insulin with me before I left this morning and discovered that I only had 8 units. At 1 unit per 15 grams, I almost had enough. Yeah right. I drove home to get more insulin. After returning to the office with my full pen, I checked my sugar level again. The number 400 with the message “High blood sugar” is what showed on the little screen. I took a little insulin to adjust. Within the hour, I was feeling hypoglycemic again. I tested my blood and the meter told me I was at 38. This was getting out of control. I ate a can of ravioli, some Twizzlers, and drank some orange juice. My blood sugar raised to 66. Waited for some more digestion and my blood sugar was down in the 40s. At this point, I know something is wrong, but I my head is spinning too much for me to have a clue as to what it could be. I began testing all of the fingers on my right hand. The numbers were between 38 and 107. Awesome range. How much insulin do you take for that? I went home to find my other meters. I needed to get a test result that made sense.
When I got home, I tried a new test. I put one hole in my finger, and tested my blood with 3 different meters getting between 78 and 80 every time. Then, using the same hole in my finger, I tested my blood sugar with my Contour USB and received 66, 85, 113, and 40. Maybe you should take the average. I thought for sure the meter was guessing.
The damage was already done. I have spent the rest of my day feeling sick to my stomach and weak. My Contour USB, went straight to the trash. I go back to the endocrinologist in December. I will getting my prescription for One Touch strips will be renewed. I’m going back to my old reliable meter. I liked the programming and the fancy USB functionality, but randomly generated test results are not something I can live with.