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Re: i[IP] Progress - blood glucose testing

I don't know how you guys remember all these meters' history.  I have been
a diabetic for 42 years, used some of the ones you mentioned.  Much as it
is interesting to look back at the advances or lack thereof over time, it
really does not matter in the scope of everyday life's struggles and
challenges.  Each one of us faces one day at a time.  God Bless us all.

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM, Jan H. <email @ redacted> wrote:

> Yerachmiel wrote, in part:
>> The glucometer traces its origin to 1965, when the Ames Company
>> marketed paper strips called Dextrostix <snip>
>> In the mid-1970s, Boehringer Mannheim produced the LifeScan
>> bG, <snip>
>> Ames released its Glucometer in 1975, making glucometer a generic
>> term for blood glucose meters.
>  In 1979, the Dextrometer, also from Ames, became the first meter
>> available without a prescription.
> I didn't start testing until 1982 and used Ames' Chemstrip bG strips, and
> cut them in half. We compared the resultant color to the chart on the
> canister, or it could be inserted (whole) into a meter that ins. did not
> pay for, nor the strips. My doctor at the time said, "So what if you read
> it as 200 and it's really 186? You aren't going to do anything about it
> anyway." WRONGO!!!  I just can't get that out of my mind. It is ingrained
> within me. I often test at 170+ and do nothing about it. I've been pumping
> 30 years.
> I also used Bayer Visodex, but didn't care for them. However, a young man
> who worked at Bayer (8 mi. away) in that dept. gave my dtr. $800.00 worth
> of them for me to use and I couldn't throw them out. ;-) They went from 20
> - 800 mg/dl. BTW, when I had my 50th DM aniv. BASH (Bawling, Amazement,
> Humor) party, Bayer sent me a brand new Clinitest set. Why do they still
> make them. Someone said for underprivileged countries. They are still
> incorrect.
> I don't recall how long it was for me to get a meter - probably when ins.
> paid for it and strips. I do know I was in the trial study for Roades (or
> another name?)  now ACCU-Chek Roche for their first meter to use for a
> pump. It was about the size of a pc mouse, lighted, and stored 1000 tests
> as well as events. That was around '92. I miss that back light. :-(  Thata
> first meter had an inserted strip that was red with a yellow eye on it to
> drop the blood. It was during my *blind times* and I couldn't see to drop
> red blood on that red strip. That was part of my report of the trial. They
> then came up with the blue sippy strips. then they came up with it going in
> sideways on the right, which was inconvenient for lefties and made it in
> the center. Today, many of the dialysis techs who give me blood from my
> lines to test, want to drop the blood onto the strips. NO!
> Jan & Muskers- T-1, 11/5/50, pumping 8/23/83, Dialyzing 7/8/02
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