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Does anyone have any info to share on the FreeStyle? Another meter
we're checking into is the AtLast (Amira Medical). Are any of you
using it and, if so, how do you like it?
Cindy, mom to 13 y/o Noah, dx 06/96, pumper since 07/99
I was looking at the FreeStyle, but haven't bought one because I have too
much stuff as it is :-;. But, I do have the Amira AtLast. I really like
it because, doing finger stix all the time, I sometimes find it's hard to
pick up a wrench without discomfort, not to mention I worry about working
in the yard getting my hands dirty with all these open pinpricks all over
Having said that, when I first started with the AtLast, I couldn't get
enough blood out of my arms to get a sample. I called Amira, they said
they'd send a free video, which I never got, but after a meeting with my
nurse educator, I learned how to get enough blood out of my arms MOST of
the time, but every once in a while I still end up wasting a strip, which
stinks because the strips cost more than any other strips I've seen. Also,
once I get enough blood to test, it's not uncommon that I can't stop
bleeding, so I carry a few Band Aids in the meter case. Speaking of which,
the meter case is bulkier than others, hard to fit in a pocket, but it does
have a little loop to put on your belt (reminiscent of the old TI
calculators, for any fellow geeks out there). Also, the case has just
enough space for a tube of BD gel in addition to all the stuff that comes
with the meter. And, for women who carry purses, I would think it's plenty
small enough to fit.
To sum up:
PRO - It's REALLY NICE to not have to stick your fingers, can carry
glucose or other stuff with meter.
CON - Can be hard to get enough blood, hard to stop bleeding, strips are
expensive, not real portable unless you read The Engineer's Guide To
Fashion (one of the shortest books ever written :-; ).
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