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If you are not Insulin-dependent you have to pay, and pay, and pay ...
on 8 January 2013
Accuchek in their wisdom sell the monitor, the finger-pricker, some lancets and some test strips. When you open the tub of test strips you find a microchip inside which must be plugged into the monitor or it won't work. There's a code number on each tub of strips, which is supposed to match the code in the microchip. Guess what - the 'expiry-date' of the strips is embedded in the chip so if you are just past the expiry date you get an error code on the monitor and it simply won't work. I'm type 2 and my diabetes is very well controlled. I'm always around 4 to 5 m/mol before breakfast. That means I don't need to check my blood glucose level very often. Today I really NEEDED to know and it's just past the expiry. My moan is that because Accuchek programme their microchip to stop the meter working after an arbitrary date, if you really need to know your BG level you simply can't!!!! Why didn't they programme it to work and give you a reading, alongside which they could insert a warning about the expiry. Tomorrow I've got to have a CT scan for suspected bowel cancer, so I've had to take a very strong laxative (2 doses today) and from lunchtime I can't eat ANY solid food until after the scan which isn't until nearly mid-day. All I can do is put sugar in my drinking water, or my tea without milk, in the hope of staving off hypoglycaemia.
I've been caught on the hop twice now and had to buy a tub of 10 strips with a new chip to make my monitor work. NOT ANY MORE. It is still possible to buy the old-fashioned colour-comparison strips which are good enough and don't need a microchip.
Don't buy it - it's a bottomless pit you will continue to throw money down.