At the pharmacy a few weeks ago, the woman behind the counter asked me if I had tried the Bayer Contour USB meter? We hadn’t. I wanted to try it ages ago but they were never free so we didn’t bother with it. She suggested that my son might be interested and to talk to him about it before we ordered our next batch of test strips.
I took some information home for him to look at. It seemed strange to think of him as making the decision regarding his diabetes tools but he is growing up and has to like the tools he uses.
Not surprisingly, when I asked if he wanted to try a new “toy” he jumped at the idea. We have been glucometer collectors for a number of years and are always searching for just the right one. His meter of choice has been the One Touch mini but he was willing to try the Contour USB meter.
My son makes his decision on the Contour Meter
During my next trip to the pharmacy, I asked for our free Bayer Contour USB meter. I took it home to my son. I never opened the box or read the instructions. This was his meter of choice so I simply passed the box onto him. He took the new glucometer to his room and emerged hours later.
“Well?”, I asked him.
“It looks pretty cool.”, was his detailed teen response.
I took that to mean that he was okay with using it.
I tried my hand at the new glucometer
A few days later, I took the meter to review the data. He was still using his One Touch at school but was playing with the Bayer Contour glucometer when he was home.
I could not figure out how to turn the thing on let alone find out how to obtain its logbook. My son, on the other hand, could easily get it to work and find whatever data he wanted. It seemed to be designed for the techy generation. Instead of waiting for him to tell me how to turn it on, I decided that I would try to see what was happening on the computer instead.
I plugged in the meter and was able to see readings quite easily. That was okay with me!
What we liked about the Contour USB meter
I finally took the opportunity to try to use the Contour glucometer for an actual blood glucose check myself. It turned out that it is a lot easier to put in a strip and get it to work than it was for me to search its history!
This meter was easy to use, was lightweight and had great backlighting. I was pretty impressed.
As the glucometer was calculating the blood glucose amount, it asked me if I wanted it to note that is was “before a meal”, “after a meal” or “just a random test”. It did not leave the screen until I made a choice. As I was deciding, however, it had already figured out his reading! Did I mention that I was impressed?
The reading display was large and bright–perfect for a woman who rarely wears her glasses at 3am when checking blood glucose levels. The best part was that once I had seen the reading, I pulled out the test strip and it shut down!! No buttons to hold. Nothing! Just power down.
I asked my son what he thought of the meter? He again said that he really likes it. It is small and discreet which is ideal for him.
What I didn’t like about the Bayer Contour USB meter
I found the strip container a little bulky with this meter. The strips are also large despite the small amount of blood you use.
Despite the issue with the strips and the container, this seems to be a pretty neat device! We like the size, the fact that the display is easy to read. Charging and being able to plug it into a USB port is fabulous. No extra cords. We will definitely be using this glucometer for a bit.
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