My experience growing up in high school, and how it relates to my diabetes today.
I’m sorry to say that I am very disappointed with Bayer’s A1CNow home testing kit. A1CNow home testing kit allows you to test your hemoglobin A1C, in the comforts of your abode, in about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, this product only worked correctly for me upon the purchase of my first kit! I’ve purchased 3 units, got 1 free (via coupon) for a total of 4 units. I tried very hard to give Bayer the benefit of the doubt, however, 3 bad units out of 4 is way too much. Please note, I am not saying that Bayer is a bad company, but this particular product “A1CNow” by them doesn’t consistently do it’s job.
What seems to be the problem? Well, on all 3 failures, it appears to be a problem with temperature. Once I inserted the special cartridge in to the unit, I would get a error code “OR 6″ which according to their manual, it means that the temperature is out of range. I called Bayer explained the problem, and it seemed like she did not want to do anything for me. I reminded her I cannot return the unit to the pharmacy “opened and used”. She then gave me a coupon for a free unit, and instructed me to dispose of the defective unit.
Well, unfortunately, when I got the 3rd unit, the same thing happened again. I later on tried one more time, this time I refrigerated my box until I was ready to use. Once again, I got the same error “OR 6″ code. Could this be a known issue? Should Bayer recommend that pharmacy’s refrigerate these units? Or have they manufactured bad batches?
So far, I have not used other A1C home testing units yet, however, I’m looking forward to doing so. I think these kind of home testing are great for those who have no insurance. Please note, I am not saying an A1C test can take the place of a doctor, because as a diabetic, you MUST have your liver and kidneys checked, especially if your taking certain medications such as Metformin. Home hemoglobin A1C tests can help you gauge how well your doing with your overall diabetes treatment.
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Let all diabetics come together and unite to stop diabetes!! You may not know this but, more and more Americans are dying each year from diabetic complications. More than Breast Cancer and AIDS combined. Participating in StepOut would not only help raise awareness, but raise money for research to find a cure. Registration begins at 8:30am. We start walking about 10am. Its a 4.8 mile walk for the cure. If the weather is in good form, they expect to have about three thousand walkers attend. It will be awesome to connect with other people from different cultures and lifestyles that have diabetes just like you! Spread the word out and educate ourselves about diabetes. Come donate your time and money to a great cause.
There are many different types of needles on the market. I am surprised to find out that many diabetics, are not aware of the variety of needles we have today. Unfortunately, this is one of those things we as diabetics have to do our own research, because not even doctors can keep up sometimes. Searching for the best needles to use can make a huge difference. Today, needles are being made so small, they are almost painless. There’s a wealth of manufactures that make all kinds of needles, for both syringe and insulin pens. Needles exist for every kind of body type; from the very thin, to the very heavyset. Newer needles also come with special lubricants that make injections much smoother and easier. The way a needle’s tips are cut has also changed slightly over the years, as well as the various gauges (girth) have become thinner than ever, making delivering insulin a piece of cake. Lengths for syringes are generally from 8mm to 12mm, gauges usually range from 29 to 31. Insulin pen needles/for both disposable and refills, now starts from 4mm to 12mm, and gauges from 29 to 32. The lower the gauge number, the thicker/fatter the needle becomes; the higher the gauge number, the thinner the needle becomes.
For those diabetics who are really squeamish about even the mere sight of a needle; there exist devices that can be used with syringes, and or pens, that actually assists the patient/diabetic in injecting their medication. A good example is called “Needle Aid” sold on a website called “The Insulin Case Shop”. They are a pretty decent website. The don’t have a huge selection of products, but I have purchased from them before.
If your insurance will not pay for an insulin pump, and your on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections), another possible option to look into is something called “I-port” from Patton Medical Devices. It is an attachment warn under the skin for about 3 days, and you can inject multiple times a day, up to 3 days with one insertion. Most insurances will cover it.
I’ve recently switched to the brand new “Nano Pen Needles” made by BD.They are only 4mm in length, and 32 gauge in circumference. For now, these are the smallest pen needles in the world. I like them very much. In my opinion, the smaller the needle the better. With the Nano Pen Needles, pinching the skin is not required, although some areas such as my front legs still needs to be pinched, just because I find that it hurts less, or sometimes not at all. Its probably due to the fact that there is a lot of muscle tissue in that area. Nano’s are great for injecting in back of the arms, and or the sides of your legs when wanting to be discreet.
The only down side to the Nano needles (actually any extremely thin needle), is that they can easily bend. This can turn in to a safety issue for some people. I really don’t recommend diabetics or patients who are heavy handed to use these types of needles. It is possible to bend these needles while in the skin. You must be careful and handle these types of needles with care. The other downside is that, it’s not a good idea to try to inject through thick and heavy corduroys or jeans (such as ruff denim, or equivalent). The reason is because, the needles are already small, and you run the risk of not having the needle go into the subcutaneous tissue far enough. Another reason is that because these particular needles are so thin, you don’t want to risk damaging the tip; this can in tern cause possible injury when injecting.
It is a wonderful thing to have choices, especially in terms of diabetes. Some diabetics that are experiencing pain issues when injecting, don’t even know they have other options, neither are their doctors offering this information to them. Knowledge is power, don’t sit around waiting for your doctor to tell you, because he/she may or may not know either.
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