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Old 05-24-2010, 05:45 PM
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So my mother-in-law just sent me a Bayer CONTOUR meter & about 200 strips that don't expire for a year. I just tested Dozer with my normal Accu-Chek meter & the Contour using the same drop of blood. Accu-Chek showed 400 & Contour showed 351. Anyone have any experience with the Contour? 200 test strips is surely making me want to use it but not at Dozers expense if you know what I mean.......I have always used the Accu-Chek so my #'s even if they are off, they are consistent

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My thoughts on the Contour...

I used it for awhile with Mildred but found it to be very inconsistent with the readings way off(as much as 120 points at one time). I then switched to the Accu Chek which made me realize just how off the readings from the Contour were. Given a choice between the Contour or the Accu Chek I would go with the Accu Chek if I wasn't now using the Alpha Trak.

btw, I sold my extra Contour strips on Craigslist.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:54 PM
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LOL well now my dilema is how to tell my mother in law thanks but no thanks LOL
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:04 PM
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LOL well now my dilema is how to tell my mother in law thanks but no thanks LOL
Weeelllll.....you could sell the strips, throw in the meter to the lucky buyer and buy yourself an Alpha Trak ;-)

I use Freestyle LITE strips in my Alpha Trak which cost 27.00 for a vial of 50.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:39 AM
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Well I made a HUGE mistake when calling Accu-Chek by mentioning I was using the meter for my dog They told me the error was probably because the meter was not intended for canine use even though it was working fine the last 2 months.......

Based on Peggy's kind re-post below of the study of 6 meters that Natalie originally posted, I think since I have 2 brand new One Touch Mini's I will start using those...I'm about due to purchase more strips so I'll just switch over.

I think as far as the Contour goes I will have to bite the bullet with my mother in law & offer to sell the strips on ebay for her.....I printed the study below so I could show her in case she thinks I'm just ungrateful LOL
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:01 AM
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I had the same problem. When I started testing Chris, my dad was getting a couple of boxes of test strips and a box of lancets every month through his healthcare program and, since he refused to test his blood sugar, my mom offered them to me. But they weren't for the meter I wanted to use so I wound up declining them.

Especially with the lancing device, I LOVED the one I had (Accuchek Softclix) and there was no way I was going to use anything else.

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Old 05-25-2010, 11:53 AM
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Itís funny how opinions differ. Kevin and I love the Contour. I downloaded their wonderful free software which allows me to aim for their human target range of 65-155 and keeps Taylor in the ideal range of 140-230. As long as I know it consistently reads 75 low, it works great for me. It uses a much smaller amount of blood and the strips cost less than the one touch strips. I have wasted so many one touch strips that it makes me crazy. In the end I think --different strokes for different folks. You should use whatever you are most comfortable with. Pat
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:07 AM
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I agree with you Pat. I think if we know they are off a % and take that into account & use the same meter for consistency it should be fine. In a perfect world we would have exact numbers.....better yet in a perfect world nobody would have to check their sugar at all!
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:12 AM
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Kevin - did I read in one of these threads that you use Benedryl for Ozzi's Laryngeal Paralysis? I believe Dozer is having this issue now - he is panting A LOT and a couple times day he makes that lovely gagging noise like he is about to vomit... but doesn't........what's next?!?
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Lori,
Here's a link to Kevin's Abby's thread: http://k9diabetes.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1768
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Thanks Patty!
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