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Re: [IPk] Failed BG meter and bad set change

Hi John
Sorry to hear your tale of woe. Shocking behaviour from such a "diabetes 
expert" as yourself :-)
But why couldn't you take the batteries out of your old meter and put them in 
the new one?

John Neale wrote:
> Please don't let ANYONE do what I've done. Oh the shame of it. Two 
> nights ago, just before my evening meal, I went to check my BG, and my 
> meter failed. It was a mechanical problem. I use a Dex2/Esprit, and it 
> has a disk inside it with 10 test strips, and when I slid the slider, it 
> refused to spit out the next strip. A small shard of plastic had dropped 
> out last week, but the meter carried on working, so thought nothing of 
> it. Now I was stuck. I have a spare meter (Lifescan OneTouch) but no 
> stips for it! I had some visual strips (expiry 1999) - but when I used 
> one, the upper colour said very high BG, the lower colour said very low 
> BG. So I sailed blind through the night, and nipped in to my local 
> diabetes clinic the next morning, where they have cupboards of meters 
> they will hand out on spec (the companies make their money selling the 
> strips, not the meters btw). The clinic kindly gave me 2 meters, so I 
> would then have a backup for next time. They even checked that the 
> meters had batteries inside them. I got home, set the meter up, and 
> found the batteries were flat!!! Just then the phone rang - some friends 
> were off taboganning for the afternoon, and did we want to join them? 
> When were they going? In about half an hour. That didn't give me time to 
> get some new batteries. So I went blind all yesterday as well - 
> taboganning in the foothills of the Alps with my 2 sons. But we had a 
> great time. This morning I went to my local chemist to get some 
> batteries - they had none, but they will order some and have them in by 
> 6pm tonight. So I'll have gone 48hrs with no BG testing. Naughty naughty.
> And this morning I had to do a set change. For the first time in 7 years 
> of pumping I did the change, reconnected, bolussed for my breakfast, and 
> 5 minutes later realised everything was NOT OK. There was a deep firm 
> swelling building up under the infusion site. I whipped out the set and 
> quite a lot of blood poured out of the hole. I guess I had averted a bad 
> infusion site. Put another set in elsewhere, and everything is fine.
> But I don't yet know what my BG is 8-/
> John
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