A Tour of the Contour USB Meter.
Every meter I have used over the last five years or so has been relatively similar - small, compact design, color options for the casing, and good lancing devices. (Don't go too far back in my memory bank, or you will find The Harpoon!)
But what I have been struggling with, as an adult with diabetes, is the whole logging thing. With BSparl on board, my mission is more focused, but before this pregnancy, logging was something I only did the night before I went to the endocrinologists office. It wasn't a streamlined part of my day, so it was tough to keep up with.
Today, I tried out a new meter called the Bayer Contour USB meter (pretty self-explanatory name there, no?) and in the interests of full disclosure, Bayer's PR company sent me this meter, and the accompanying 25 test strips, for free so that I could review the meter.
These days, my life is moving quickly and without warning, so the idea of a long, drawn-out review seems to fly in the face of this quick, zippy little meter. So here are my impressions of the Contour USB meter, in snapshots:
Wow, it looks like a USB flash drive, all plugged into the computer and whatnot.
OOOOOH! Look at the pretty lancet colors! Who would have thought that a purple or aquamarine lancet would actually bring me joy?
The lancing device was easy to use, but didn't give me a blood sample until I poked myself three or four times. Hard to tell if that's the device or my calloused finger tips that are at fault. But once I was ready to apply the blood, the full-color screen was happy to accept.
And after three seconds, my post-breakfast result came back. (A little on the higher side, but oatmeal is a tough one for me!)
The meter has options to set your personal blood sugar goals, with a little icon of either an apple or a devoured apple to show the numbers as pre- and post-meal. It is set up to provide 14 day averages and a built-in logbook, and just before you apply the blood sample, it gives you an option to designate the number as pre-meal or post-meal.
There is software built into the meter, but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet. (I'm hoping it works with my Macbook, otherwise I'm going to have to toggle back and forth between my PC and the Mac to get a feel for this thing.) I'm planning to check this meter against my other meters, for both accuracy and convenience, but for a person like me who relies on insurance coverage and co-pays to provide diabetes supplies, it's tough to consider switching meters when I'm both happy with my One Touch and also completely covered by my insurance company for One Touch strips. Options from different companies are great - especially when companies are putting out meters that are cool, like this USB one - but it would also be great if insurance companies would allow coverage shifts just as easily.
Overall, the USB meter is pretty darn easy to use, is nice to look at, and is tiny. I like having the option to plug it right into my computer (yes, there is a wall jack, in case you don't have a computer handy when the meter needs to charge) and I also really liked the full-color screen. But I'd have to use it for a few weeks, and subject it to the torture chamber that is my purse, to see how it really stands up.
Has anyone else given this meter a go?