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Re: [IP] Cost of first meter...... and when (prior to 1985)
I probably don't qualify, but I don't remember the actual date, so I'm
going to post anyway. I got my first meter when I was preparing for my
orals in graduate school, probably around 1985 or 86. I got it free when I
went to see a University clinic doctor, who was horrified at the antiquated
way I was treating my diabetes (two shots of NPH/R--I didn't even know it
was antiquated), and immediately put me on MDI and gave me the bG
meter. It was big and tan, required you to add blood, wait a minute, wipe,
then wait another minute. The timing was all manual. I still only buy
watches with second hands. You had to time the pee tests too, so I've been
buying watches with second hands for quite a while.
I can't remember the make of it for the life of me. It might have been an
AccuCheck; I'm pretty sure it was an Ames meter. ChemStrips sounds
familiar to me but I remember them as being the strips you stuck into urine
for 5 or 2 seconds (depending on the year) to check for spilled sugar.
I had that meter for a long time, and remember particularly testing in the
restroom of a dance club several years later when some women who identified
themselves as nurses came up and watched the procedure with great
interest. They were amazed that I used a second hand to time the
test. When I told them that correct timing was crucial to accuracy they
just laughed at me. Said they just waited a while, then wiped, then
read. This was in a hospital setting.
The technology has changed, but the people sure haven't...
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