RE Meter Readings, not right?

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cooperazi
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   Posted 5/25/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
HI,  Tognight I came home and I tested before my meal.  Well, I was shocked!  It was 190, and I  had not eaten anything for over two hours, and even then it was a kashi bar, which is a low glycemic meal bar.  I  had been walking around the horse stables, and then the mall.  So, it just did not seem right, as my other bs today have been great.  So, I took it again, and it was 89.  So then I looked to see if I miss read it, you know 190 instead of 90, Nope, the meter had recorded 190.  So, just to be sure, I took it again, and it was again 89.  Has anyone here had that happen with their meter.  I am claiming the 89 tongue    Ok thanks Donna

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   Posted 5/26/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Coop, were you hands clean and dry? A hundred points off is a lot to be a meter misreading.

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   Posted 5/26/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Even if you think your hands are clean, you should always wash and rinse off all soap before every test.
I had washed my hands one daybut before taking my bs I had made a cup of coffee with 2 packs of equil and a teaspoon of creamer and I got a read of 332! I rinsed them off and tested again and got a 109. So now I do not do anything until I test after washing.
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cooperazi
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   Posted 5/27/2007 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah know I did wash them, but they might not have been completely dry. The funny thing is this morning my bs was one of the lowest I have had, I think it was 108. And I was not expecting it, cause I ate some graham crackers after dinner/before bed. So, I again rechecked it and then it came up 113, so not that much of a difference. So I was very happy with the numbers I got. I have eaten graham crackers pre bed time, and not woke up to those numbers. However, I also neglected to take my blood pressure med and the cholesterol med, fish oil, and that joint suppliment last night, so will see what happens tomorrow if I take my meds tonight. My body is being real good to me these last few days. I had a cheeseburger (by mistake, I usually do not have cheese) and some onion rings, and my post was 129. That is an ok number right, for someone who does not take meds. I am learning, thanks in great part to all of you here. Thank you Donna

4sons
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   Posted 5/27/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, THIS is a timely discussion! I have new test strips and just recalibrated my meter on Friday night. Saturday was fine. (BTW, my usual morning numbers are between 80-95.) Took my morning reading ***260***! Shaking, I took it again immediately. 114. Took it again immediately. 100. Took it AGAIN immediately 88.

I went to bed at 95 last night. Granted, I'm not sleeping well but what is up with those READINGS???
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/27/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what to tell you all... I use a Prestige meter that is rather large and clunky but the test strips are only 30ยข a piece so it's just fine by me... Are you all doing arm testing? Fingers? Have you tried with a new bottle of strips? Is your battery low? Have the strips gotten humid? I'm at a loss here.
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noplainjane
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   Posted 5/27/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry accidently hit send but after the 333 I washed my hands and it went down to 120.........I get so upset when this happens but I am learning to accept that the meter is not perfect and when I get a high reading it always is not me.......I just try to remember that my blood tests with the doctor are great and that I am eating the right foods so I need to be positive and not freak out but believe me it is not always easy..........thank goodness I have a husband that is calming and so understanding

4sons
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   Posted 5/27/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
noplainjane said...
sorry accidently hit send but after the 333 I washed my hands and it went down to 120.........I get so upset when this happens but I am learning to accept that the meter is not perfect and when I get a high reading it always is not me.......I just try to remember that my blood tests with the doctor are great and that I am eating the right foods so I need to be positive and not freak out but believe me it is not always easy..........thank goodness I have a husband that is calming and so understanding


OMG, I totally flipped out this morning with the 260!!! I so hear what you're saying. Thanks for your voice of reason!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


cooperazi
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   Posted 5/28/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,  The reading of the 190 I got was after I had not eaten for over 5 hours if my memory serves me correct, with previous readings all day in the 90' and low 100's.  Had I taken it after a meal, I would have thought "Oh Oh, I ate too much or I made wrong choices."  So, that is when I said to myself, I am going to recheck this, and then I got the 89 reading, and so to be sure I tested again and got 89.  I am not particularly worried about it, just wondered if some of you have had it happen to you.  I am thinking that the dish towel I used to dry my hands may have had some residue of sugar perhaps, as my husband sometimes wipes his sugar spills up with the towels. It does caution me when I have a reading that does not seem in keeping to what I am expecting, to double check if I am able.  I also agree, that the AIC is a more accurate test to see how we are doing overall.  I am learning so much here.  I believe I have also read that anything over a certain amount (180) for a period of two or more hours starts to do permanent damage to our bodies, so I certainly do not want 190 fasting LOL.  OH!  And I am upset the false reading of 190 messes with my averages on my machine nono tongue yeah eyes sad    LOL Donna

4sons
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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel the SAME way, Donna!!! I'm going to the doctor's tomorrow to get my A1C checked. Because I was high (REALLY high) two mornings in a row I need to follow up.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/29/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
In my diabetes class the instructor gave the number as 150 (6.4 EU). "Anything higher than 150 more than 2 hours after a meal is doing permanent damage," was what she said. And the really maddening thing is that 1)My original doctor wasn't even upset with 180's (7.2-7.5 EU) 2 hr. postparandial (after meal) readings when I was unmedicated. So all that time I was doing some damage... 2)My glycohemoglobins (A1C) readings were around 5.5 at the time and he was fine with that...

But now I have kidney, eye and periferal neuropathy damage... That's the kicker! It's not like I was running 300's (10.8 +) or anything and I still have damage. Diabetes is insidious so we have to keep on top of it. But I refuse to let it make me nuts... I just have to KOKO...
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4sons
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   Posted 5/29/2007 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie143 said...
Donna,
In my diabetes class the instructor gave the number as 150 (6.4 EU). "Anything higher than 150 more than 2 hours after a meal is doing permanent damage," was what she said. And the really maddening thing is that 1)My original doctor wasn't even upset with 180's (7.2-7.5 EU) 2 hr. postparandial (after meal) readings when I was unmedicated. So all that time I was doing some damage... 2)My glycohemoglobins (A1C) readings were around 5.5 at the time and he was fine with that...

But now I have kidney, eye and periferal neuropathy damage... That's the kicker! It's not like I was running 300's (10.8 +) or anything and I still have damage. Diabetes is insidious so we have to keep on top of it. But I refuse to let it make me nuts... I just have to KOKO...

You know ... I certainly don't doubt you at ALL but I am disgusted that I've never heard that from my doctor OR diabetes educator!!! I'm catching on more and more that while our A1C might be ok .. the "swing" in our scores might be doing us damage.
 
Ugh.
 
KOKO seems to be the only way to go. Do what we can, accept that we CAN'T predict all the outcomes. Learn from our mistakes and those of others. Again, I am so thankful to have you guys.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


cooperazi
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   Posted 5/29/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie,  It is often hard to face the reality of diabetes.  I am trying to get better about kiddings mys  elf.  I still sometimes think, Oh I will be ok eating that, and then I get a 197 reading and it is like a great big sock of reality.  And the disappointment of going to bed with a 112 and waking up with 124.  Oh well.   It is not that bad but it sure is nice to wake up to the very few and far between of 108.  Take care, Donna
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   Posted 5/29/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna... you did the right thing. Any time you get a "wierd" reading (i.e. somehow may not jive with how you're feeling or waaaay off base from where it should be based on carb/exercise calculations), you should retest. Although getting better and better, the meters we use aren't perfect and "off" readings can happen. Some never have problems with their meters but, an unfortunate few get lemons (just like any other "consumer goods" we buy).

Because I test so often, I was able to immediately see when my meter was giving me problems. I called the OneTouch folks and, after a few tests and questions over the phone, I got a new meter the next day. You may want to call 'em anyway and see what they say?

Sorry to correct your mg/dL to mmol/L conversion calculations, Jeannie, but for those who may want to know...
150's are 8.3-8.8 mmol/L
180's are 10.0-10.4 mmol/L
300's are 16.6+ (not in the 6's,7's, and 10's as mentioned).

To get the equivalent mmol/L, you can multiply the mg/dL glucose value by the conversion factor of 0.05551.
example: 110 mg/dL x 0.05551 = 6.66 mmol/L
Or the less precise way by dividing the md/dL value by 18 to get the equivalent number in mmol/L.
example: 110 mg/dL divided by 18 = 6.1 mmol/L

A good "conversion" info page you may want to check out (has lipid conversions, too):
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/diabetes/faq/part1/section-9.html

Take care, All :-)
Kris
Cheers,
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