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How I ended up with my favorite glucose meter

When I was diagnosed with diabetes 14 years ago, I was sent home from that fateful appointment with a bag of goodies. There was a glucose meter, test strips, log books, diet plans and information that would take me a week to get through. The meter was a novelty at first, but as my fingertips grew sore, I learned to despise it.

Over the years I have too many meters to count. Many of them were used until the freebie test strips were gone, then cast aside for a newer model. Some stayed with me for a few years, until some accident happened -- perhaps I dropped it in the sink of running water, accidentally crushed it under my foot or simply lost it, with no clue as to where it might have gone.

No worries -- I would simply try out a new one.

My favorite glucose meter

There were a few meters that stood out for me. One was the Bayer Breeze 2, with the disc of test strips that fit snugly into the back. I adored it enough during those first few months to pay the high price for those convenient discs, but soon budget reality took over. I discovered that the Contour was one of the most durable little meters ever -- it can stand up to being run over by a fully-loaded Durango and still deliver accurate numbers with the scratched yet hardy screen. For a while I was in love with the FreeStyle Lite, the little workhorse that wicked the tiniest of blood samples.

But the meter that really got my attention was the ReliOn micro. The tiny tester from Walmart has given me steady, accurate results for over a year now, and at $20 for a box of 50, the test strips are a very reasonable price. The price of the test strips hooked me, but the simplicity of the meter is what keeps me loyal. It might not have all the bells and whistles that I enjoyed with other models, but at this point in my journey with diabetes, less is definitely more. I don't want anything fancy -- I just want a straight, quick answer. The ReliOn delivers exactly that.

Over the last fourteen years, I have learned to check brand loyalty at the door. As my needs change, so do my meters. What gets the most accurate results for the most affordable price is a necessity, and sheer simplicity is a bonus. I might change my mind six months from now, but at this moment, the ReliOn is really all I need.

About Shannon Lee

Shannon Dauphin has lived with diabetes for more than a dozen years. When she's not playing ninja with lancets or counting carbs, she can be found traveling across the country with laptop in hand, writing about anything that strikes her fancy.

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