It was with great sadness that last week, I had to say goodbye to my lovely multicoloured One Touch Ultra testing meters and finally upgrade to the latest technology. I was advised by a rep from One Touch that over the years, the criteria have changed in terms of how accurate the machines need to be and in fact, the good old One Touch no longer complied with regulations.
As I use the libre, I don’t do as many tests on the actual finger pricker as I used to therefore, I don’t need an ‘all singing, all dancing, fancy-pants machine’ and to be honest, my priority is that it fits nicely within my Myabetic ‘kit bag’ and looks pretty 🙂
I had a look at a few machines and eventually decided on the One Touch Verio Flex machine. My decision was based on the following:
- It was small and light enough to slot right in to the empty space that my One Touch Ultra had left behind.
- It was easy to use, no fancy calibration or settings required, literally a ‘prick and go’ option.
- It has an accompanying app which connects to your phone via Bluetooth.
- In the grand scheme of blood sugar monitors it was ‘pretty’.
I have now been using this for a week and I am really pleased with it. It seems to be very similar to my libre in terms of the readings that I am getting. The old Ultra machine did on occasion give quite different readings and I always blamed the libre for this (I’m sorry for not believing you little libre!) tending to trust the BG monitor more however, I now think that it may have been somewhat inaccurate oops! The app is fun – it would be more useful for someone who was doing all of their testing on this machine however, it is still very useful.
All in all, I would highly recommend this little bit of kit – it may not be the cleverest or the fanciest however, for me, it does the job perfectly and I think we are going to have a long and happy relationship!