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   Posted 12/7/2006 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
For all you test strip users, here's a pet peeve of mine!!  Ever notice when you open your thingy of test strips (mine come in a cylinder with a pop top - One Touch Ultra) how all the test strips are pointed UP, with the end that receives the blood at the top of the container.  Now you have two choices. 
Either pour out a whole bunch of strips to try and get one (and subsequently stuff all the others back in the container) OR reach your finger in and slide one strip out.  The problem with this is you've just put your finger all over the testing area!! nono
Well, how about when you first open that little container you pour out all the strips (into a nice washed hand of course) and slide them back into the container the opposite way (blood receiving area DOWN).  This way you can reach your finger into the container and slide out a single strip and never really worry about accidently contaminating the testing area!
scool  Warren

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   Posted 12/7/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Ooooooooo, that IS a nifty trick (of course it never even OCCURED to me that when I stick my gooky little fingers into the container that I contaminate the strips!!!).
And now a question ... how many of you have been mortified to find out your meter DIDN'T WORK until you turned the test strip around the right way??? I have. sad
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 12/7/2006 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea but, I use accu chek comfort curve which has the blood reciever on the side and they are already facing the right way so I havent had that problem.

I understand what you are saying. My meter doesn't show battery level so I may be right in the middle of test and will go dead, only complaint I have with this meter. I have tried a few different brands and this one works the best for me.

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   Posted 12/12/2006 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   


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   Posted 12/12/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Save two empty cannisters, invert the new cannister into #1empty, then into #2 empty, then back into the new cannister where they will now be inverted and you have them in the new cannister, which has the code for the current strips.  Of course if you don't need the new code or anything else on the new cannister, just invert into the #1 empty and you're done.

The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".

Post Edited (Chutsman) : 12/12/2006 6:33:46 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/12/2006 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Humidity can affect your test strips as can age.
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 12/15/2006 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Dude,

I think that sweat probably can affect the result but as long as you are washing your hands before you test then it should be no problem.  (I knew someone who's younger brother used to lick his finger first, then his sugars would show up low and his mum would give him sweets/candy!)

Claire x

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