The other night while discussing my frustrations with the cost of diabetes with Ryan we were running over ideas. It seems like the majority of the cost of living with D is test strips (for me). There's no real way around it. I test a lot. I don't have access to full time CGM wear so it's the next best alternative. Plus being an athlete means that there are that many more coefficients to deal with. Bottom line though, I don't want to feel like I have to restrict my need to know my blood sugar.
I use the Freestyle Lite meter with the little zip-wick test strips. They have the two little "nubbies" as I like to call them.
So Ryan asked if I tested my BG on one side, couldn't I just snip it off and test on the other side? I told him that the strip actually sucks the blood in and essentially both sides lead to the same place so no, I could not just snip the side off and test again.
Meters, in my experience, are so finicky. If you try and put a used strip in the thing will practically explode. So that led me to try something I've never tried. For curiosity sake. I tested, peeled the strip apart, wiped off the blood and tested again.
Clearly, not something we should probably be doing on a regular basis but it sure was a fun experiment. I got SO excited the first time it worked though and even more thrilled when I got the same reading twice in a row! For the record, I've gotten the same reading twice in a row a couple of times now.
I think I'm onto something, just don't tell the pharma companies. God forbid I try and save some money on this WAY TOO EXPENSIVE little pieces of plastic that my life depends on. Seriously people, it's just not fair how they totally rape us blind. There is no doubt in my mind that it likely costs these guys less than 5 cents to make a whole bottle of strips that cost me $89.99. Of which 100 test strips will take me through only a week and a half.
I'd LOVE to be proven wrong...