So the day has finally arrived Saturday the 28th November 4 p.m. after approximately 8 months on the waiting list I have received my Abbott Freestyle Libre (Hooray) blood glucose monitor starter kit which cost me about £135, this includes the Reader and two Sensors so should last me ab
out 1 month. Additional Sensors cost about £45.00 each so it’s not cheap compared to using finger sticks as in the UK they are on Prescription – let’s hope the NHS can get the Libre Sensors on Prescription soon J
initial thoughts – nice box very easy to setup but where is the protective case and screen protector as the reader has a touch screen it’s just going to get scratched to bits when it’s stuck in my pocket, I wouldn’t even mind paying for them as long as they are not big and bulky ?
Firstly I took the sensor and inserter out of the box (Sorry but no I didn’t read the instructions – I am a man lol) but did have a look on YouTube for some basic tips which I must say did help a lot, you push the Inserter onto the Sensor until it clicks then remove and you are ready to apply to your skin. Its recommended to go on the back of your forearm which is very easy. I was a little hesitant when about to apply as when I have used a CGM in the past it can be slightly painful – not always but you do sometimes feel it – this was the opposite as I didn’t feel a thing.
The sensor took 60 minutes to settle then after this time you are good to go – it can take 24 hours to totally stabilise and I did find this was the case as first results were a little bit up and down compared to a BG test, so I would recommend to test you BG results while the sensor stabilises – this of course will be the case each time you insert a new sensor unless you do this 24 hours before the existing one finishes.
So I have now been wearing the sensor for almost 3 weeks and the results are far better than I expected, they can fluctuate a little bit when I have something sweet or excessive exercise as they a small lag but the fact I can see if my levels are rising or dropping really does help. If I am using the Abbott Freestyle Libre on a normal day it seems fairly accurate – I took a BG test after dinner which was rather high as 12.4 so then checked with the Libre and it was also 12.4. Having said that the next morning when I woke both the Libre and the BG meter were reading 7.4 so I had breakfast which was a Weetabix Breakfast Shake 25 carbs (Yummy) and I had 2.5 units of insulin, 1 hour later my reading on the BG meter was 11.8 but 14.2 on the Libre – confused ????
Another example, I went to bed 1.30pm with BG at 10.4 but woke up at 2:30 a.m. to a low blood sugar of 2.8 so I had a bit of a feast including glucose to eat and then when I woke up for work at 5.45am BG on my Libre system of 21.4 but did a blood glucose check and that was 18.2 – am I missing something ?
Using the reader is very easy and you can also perform a BG test as there is a test strip facility but I haven’t used this as yet, the software on the reader is quite simple to use and I am sure with time will get better. One thing coming soon is you will be able to use your Smart Phone (NFC I think) so will not need to carry around the reader – I cant wait for this WOW ?
Would I be confident enough to rely just on the Abbott Freestyle Libre and not use my BG meter – possibly not at the moment as I would always want the back up just to be 100% certain, not that this is a fault with the Libre but sometimes your body and blood sugars can behave erratically as we all know so the need for a blood glucose test in my opinion would be needed.
If you are using the Abbott Libre I am sure we would all like to know what you think – please leave your comments which will be a great help ?
Am I pleased with the purchase and will I continue – possibly but let’s see how things progress and if I can afford to keep buying the sensors J
Thanks for reading and please do comment with your experiences or if you have any questions/tips which would be appreciated ?
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
It was that time of the year where I have my yearly Diabetes Review Clinic and this year it was at Amersham Hospital which is a fairly large hospital and only about 10 miles from where I work. This appointment was slightly more exciting as I am now due for an Insulin Pump upgrade – yippee :-)
So initial thoughts are which Insulin Pump do I choose from Roche, Omnipod, Medtronic or Animas – I am already using the Animas Vibe pump which has worked very well and the support has been great, saying that when I had a Medtronic Paradigm Pump the support was faultless. My initial thoughts are towards the new Medtronic Minimed 640G as I have been lucky enough to see it in the flesh so to speak – initial thoughts are wow, I am also trying to get CGM from my local PCT but as we all know in the UK this is virtually impossible. So with the research I have done I am looking at swapping over to the Medtronic 640G maybe with some sample CGM Sensors if I can speak nicely to the lovely people at Medtronic :-)
I have looked at the Roche Accu-Chek Insight – however the only slight issue I would have is the separate handset as I already end up carrying two phones, BG Meter (Dario) and of course my Animas Pump on my belt so if it wasn’t for that I would go with an Accu-Chek Insight as it really does look amazing.
Anyway – sorry about that lets get back to my original story J
Arrived at Amersham Hospital for 1.30pm which was my appointment time with the Consultant, Nurse and DSN (Diabetes Specialist Nurse) and was called in to see the Nurse first of all – the Nurse downloaded all my BG Results from my Animas pump using the Diasend Software and gizmo for downloading the results. Next was to check my blood pressure which was fine, then my feet which had good pulses and no issues.
Next was in to see the DSN and Diabetes Consultant who has seen me for many years now, looking at my bg results I did seem to be running quite a few double figures so will need to tweak my basal rates but as the DSN mentioned I do get a couple of CGM Sensors in the Medtronic Minimed 640g so will make it easier to get an overview of exactly what my blood sugar levels have been doing. At the moment I do not have any dates to get my new pump or see the DSN but I will keep you updated.
Finally before leaving Amersham for home I was off for my Blood Test which I received my results this morning and my Hba1c was 56mmol or 7.3 in old language – however Cholesterol was 5.9 so may need to go back on Statin, I was very pleased with the Hba1c result :-)
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I have been using the Bayer Contour Next for a short while and just thought I would share my early thoughts on it before I next try the Bayer Contour Next USB which looks very compact J. I have used the Bayer products for a long time now and always been very happy with the design/technology and support they offer, I tend not to use the software to its full potential but moving forward the Bayer Contour Next USB it will be far easier and my ultimate goal is to get the Medtronic 640G Insulin Pump which works in conjunction with the very New Bayer Contour Next Link products so what this space.
800 test memory – store up to 3 months of your results, which is suitable if you need to maintain a record for the DVLA/DVA+
7, 14, 30, or 90 day averages
Reversible screen contrast to best suit individual needs
Easy to track your blood glucose pre-meal, post-meal and fasting
Set alarms to remind you to test
Uses the GLUCOFACTS DELUXE diabetes management software from Bayer, which helps track patterns and trends for more productive conversations during your visits with your healthcare professional
The meter is very easy to use as with most of the Bayer range and has a superb size screen for my personal needs, as always fast results and a huge memory. The Bayer Contour Next comes with a fairly good finger picker but moving forward it would be great to see some more technology from all the Diabetes Companies in relation to getting that frustrating droplet of blood from your finger, possibly like me you text many times per day and it really does take its toll on your fingertips – surely there is another answer out there ?
The only thing for me that lets down many of the BG Meters available to us is the size of the carry case which keeps your meter safe, they tend to be huge so fairly big to pop in your pocket and being a male I don’t fancy carrying a handbag or even manbag around with me lol J
The Bayer Contour Next also has a more in depth software program which I am still getting used to for editing your readings and doesn’t require that you download the Glucofacts software program which is a real plus so you can just plug it into your USB port.
Thanks for reading and I would certainly recommend giving this meter a try.
Uses CONTOUR® NEXT test strips for remarkable accuracy
The CONTOUR® NEXT range of meters all utilise the CONTOUR® NEXT test strip and have demonstrated they deliver exceptional accuracy for results you can rely on, to help you make better diabetes management decisions.
Available on prescription
Tiny sample size with easy Sip-In Sampling® helps you get the right amount of blood on your first try
Second-Chance™ sampling allows you to apply more blood if the first sample was insufficient, which helps to avoid the need for repeat finger pricking
Innovative Multipulse accuracy technology from Bayer, evaluates a single sample 7 times to ensure accurate glucose measurements, even when blood glucose levels are low. Accuracy is not affected by many common interfering substances*
No Coding technology removes the need to manually code the meter before testing, eliminating errors due to miscoding