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Whoa! Meter question

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by lcblk27, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. lcblk27

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    I checked my son after playing outside today, the meter said 22 :eek: I knew that couldnt be right, he wasnt acting like he was that low. So, I rechecked and he was 181. WTH? I get how we could get a high reading in error if he had sugar on his hands or something but how do I get that low of a reading? Its a bayer contour meter, should I be contacting the company?

    We had an issue months ago with me checking him at night and the meter just reading LO, and then when I rechecked him in 10 mins after treating he was up in the 200's. I thought it was just a fluke but now it seems like it might be a meter issue?
     
  2. emm142

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    I had some false issues with false lows on the Bayer Contour Link. In my time using it I had one or two false LOs and a false low in the 20s I think, but I also had a genuine LO.

    If his hands were sweaty or wet, that could cause a false low.
     
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    It happened to us once in 9 months with our One Touch Ultra 2. Gave us a 36 at breakfast when she was really 100 something. :eek::confused::mad:
     
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    i've heard wet hands, not letting alcohol dry completely if u use alcohol, or any thing that might dilute the blood could cause a low. we havent had that happen. we always retest if there's a weird number, just in case.
     
  6. StillMamamia

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    I don't like the Bayer Countour that much, Emma. The endos like us using it so it sends the BG to the pump and all, but I preferred the AccuChek Aviva. But anyways, how does sweat or humidity affect a reading but giving a false low? Does anyone know?
     
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    The water can dilute the blood or get onto the test site preferentially giving a reading for the moisture and not the blood. I have seen, with the new Freestyle strips, because of the very low sample size that moisture can be a factor in giving whacky readings. We make sure to be very dry after washing or pool but just sweat I don't recall every having an issue.

    It could also be bad strips or a failing meter - that would be hard to diagnose if some of the strips were randomly bad.
     
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    Thank you!

    Mental note to take extra tissue paper for the swim class. I usually just run his wet finger on my shirt.:rolleyes: You'd think I'd be better at this after so long.:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    If i squeeze to hard to get a drop of blood I get false lows.
     

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