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I Got a New Glucometer

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Fucked up FridayIt’s Fucked up Friday time! It’s a chance for me to share health based posts, circling around life with M.E., Type 1 Diabetes, General Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive and Disordered Thoughts, Choking Phobia, Depression, Paranoia, Pulmonary Embolism recovery and getting my life back on track. I always feel like I’ve missed something there, but how many issues can you have? Seriously? Bah!

As you can see, Fucked up Friday isn’t in the title. I don’t want to offend anyone. However, Fucked up Friday has a certain ring to it and it’s me having a bit of fun with the kaleidoscope of health issues I have. I feel it’s best not to dwell too seriously on these issues. Take them seriously, yes, but don’t dwell negatively and let them take over your life. Henceforth, this will be the last use of the term Fucked up Friday in this post. Huzzah!


If you don’t know already, I am a type one diabetic. I’ve had diabetes for the majority of my thirty years and have gone through several glucometers. Recently, in an effort to control my errant blood sugars, I received yet another one.

I’ve been working with my Endocrinologist to get my blood sugar level’s (BSL’s) under control. First thing was to play with my insulin. I’m on Humalog and Lantus, have been since Lantus was new on the Australian market (wasn’t subsidised then either), and naturally it was a balancing act between the two.

At first the new doses would work, but then my body decided to have a field day. This seems to happen often. I get my blood sugars under control for about a week or two before they loose their shit again. I don’t always know why, sometimes the reason is not so obvious, but I’ll try changing my doses again.

The next step was to get a new glucometer, but not just any type of glucometer. This is one of those ones that contains information on your insulin sensitivity and insulin to carbohydrate ratio. You test your blood sugar, enter how many carbs you’re going to eat, and hey presto! You get a recommended insulin dose.

It’s funny, a few weeks before I went to the educator to receive my new glucometer, I signed up to receive a freebie glucometer of the same type. Not same model, or make, but with the same abilities. I went to see my educator in the morning, came home, and guess what was at my door? The new glucometer! If it works out with the Aviva, I’m going to keep the new one as a back-up and donate all my other devices (except for my ketone one of course).

That’s what I got from the educator, the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert. I was disappointed after receiving the Accu-Chek Mobile at the Walk to Cure Diabetes and discovered it was faulty, but the Aviva is a smaller device and I’ve taken the pen from the Mobile.

So, that’s my meter. It’s been tricky so far. At first I was having a ridiculous amount of lo BSL’s, seven in two days at one point, but we figured out it may be my Lantus. I thought as much, which means I changed my dose of Lantus the night before hearing back from the educator whom told me to have the dose I changed to anyway. It’s nice to know you can trust your instincts sometimes.

I’m still having issues though. The lo’s aren’t as frequent, but they happen at the most annoying times. Say, half-way through lunch and at the gym. I guess it’s going to take a while of fiddling around, but I have to say I do like the convenience of having a device to figure out my insulin needs.

I am scared of becoming too dependant on it though. What if it breaks and I can’t use the other one, or for some reason I just can’t use it anymore? That’s right, I’m concerned almost 27 years of knowledge is going to evaporate and I won’t be able to figure out what I’m going to do. I already began to panic when I ran out of strips sooner than NDSS could get them to me and had to resort to my standard glucometer.

I have issues.

The Aviva’s strips aren’t readily stocked everywhere because the Aviva is not readily available to the public. This means most of the chemists won’t have the strips, but fortunately there’s one just around the corner from me who have had several boxes. It’s nothing new really. I’m used to chemists running out of the strips I need and luckily NDSS has free shipping. I’ll just ring them every few days and order more.

The only issue I’ve had with the Aviva is the ‘Electronic Error’ message I receive, sometimes constantly, and can’t seem to work around. It doesn’t matter if I replace the batteries, it still happens. I’m sure it will be sorted out, but jeez is it a pain in the arse. Otherwise, I love how the Aviva has settings to alert you to two hours since your last blood test, an alarm to go off when you’ve had a lo and have to wait fifteen minutes. It’s just a smart and convenient device. I would love to have a silence button on it, but I’ll make do with going into the machine to put it on vibrate rather than have the alarms on. I guess…


Author: Bonnie

Between a blogging addiction, hosting reading challenges, reviewing, writing novels, and overcoming a neuro-immune disease, Bonnie attempts to do as many awesome things as she can and has a good dose of daily bunny cuddles. She resides in Western Sydney with her rabbit, Winston.

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