Well I am kind of overwelmed. I got my meter and all the stuff that goes with it but I can't figure out how to use it. I asked the drugest to show me how to use it but he didn't know eather. I am going to call my doctor's office tomorrow and ask if someone there can show me how to use it.
Thank you everyone for your responces. I have been running all over looking for a book on the subject of diabetes but I live in a very small town and the libary didn't even have one. Will go to different city to get one. I sure haven't been eating well. I will go through the replys here and try to eat right. I thought it ment you just couldn't eat sugar but I see it's a lot more complicated then that.
Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/22/2008 9:03:18 AM (GMT-6)
I use a OneTouch Ultra too Star. Lanie gave you good instructions but might I add, you should ask for some control solution when you pick up your test strips. This is a little bottle of liquid that looks like blood but isn't (I don't know what it is really). You're supposed to squeeze out a drop of this liquid (I found that putting the drop on the bottle cap works good) and test it as if it were a sample of your own blood each time you start a new container of test strips or when you start using test strips of a different code from your last bunch.
Once you have a reading on your meter, compare it with the 2 numbers found underneath the code on the test strip container. If your reading falls between these 2 numbers, it means that the test strips are OK.
I was told that every once in a while, you will get a bad batch of strips and these will give inaccurate readings. It happened to me once already -- my readings were strangely higher than usual for a couple of weeks. I used the control solution and sure enough, the strips were out of the range listed on the container.
(correct me if I'm wrong peeps :)