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Re: [IP] Ultra vs Freestyle
I have not used the Freestyle. But I'm very happy with the Ultra, so I
haven't really considered switching.
As far as the Ultra, my biggest complaint (which someone else
mentioned) is that I frequently have a problem where if you don't get
the blood to fill the window fast enough, even though by the time the 5
seconds is up there is enough blood, that it will give an error.
Sometimes I feel like it is race. :-) So, I end up having to get a
bigger drop of blood than is technically necessary just to make sure
that the droplet is "sucked up" fast enough.
For example, if I apply the blood, and by the time it counts to 3 I am
only half-way full...then even if I fill the window by 5, I can expect
an error. On the other hand, sometimes I don't have to completely fill
the window and it will still give me a result.
I find that I'll end up having to throw out about 1-2 strips per bottle
on average because of this. But, all in all, it works well...and you
just can't beat 5 seconds! It is so easy that I've done the entire
testing procedure while at a stop light with time to spare in the
past. Also, the lancet device is very gentle, especially with the
depth adjuster. I usually use a lancet for close to a month. WHen a
lancet is new, I have to go deeper to get blood. As it "ages", I can
back it off some, still avoiding the pain.
One final tip...I never had considered using my thumbs until recently.
I found that not only can I get blood easier from my thumbs, but they
hurt a LOT less, even on the pad, plus there is more surface area to
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