One of the things that happened after my lung transplant was that I became diabetic from the high amount of steroids they give us.
Before I left the hospital I was taught to give myself glucose testing & injections for a blood thinner (Lovenox) that I had to give myself the first month after my transplant.
I initially had to test my glucose 4 times a day & give myself a certain amount of insulin at meal times.
Luckily, my steroids have decreased. I only have to test my glucose twice & give myself insulin if my blood sugar is over 150.
I hated the meter the hospital pharmacy sent. It was a One Touch. I found that it didn’t always read the first stick. Plus, I knew from experience it was going to be a lot of money for strips & lancets.
As soon as I could I ditched that meter for my Dario.
The Dario uses my phone to plug the tester in & take the readings but it also records them through the app. I can pull them up easily for my doctors if needed.
It also seems to take a smaller sample of blood to read.
I have very few misfirings or failed to test readings from the strip. Much less than the One Touch.
This meter is more convenient. The lancets & strips house themselves smartly.
I carry one thing around with everything in it, except the lancets. The small cosmetic pouch I use is still lower profile than the Ultra kit. The Dario will also fit in an evening bag or small handbag if necessary.
I was pleasantly surprised too that I could actually save a bit of money on test strips & lancets. When I paid this money, I had a choice of prices based on how many supplies I’d need in a month.
I could also buy plastic bags to go around my phone to create a more hygienic way of testing in a hospital or doctor’s office.
I don’t feel as much pain with the Dario lancets compared with the Ultra. They get the blood out well (even if I’m a little dehydrated).
If anyone is in the market for a new meter, I suggest going to their website & pricing it out yourself.
They don’t deal with insurance from what I’ve seen. With insurance covering less & less each year, I felt comfortable going out of pocket. I’m glad I did. I still ended up paying less in the end run.
Below are some photos I took of the meter.
This is the meter opened up. The test strips are off the left. The lancet is off to the right. Center bottom is the meter that plugs into the phone.
This is the unit closed. The meter is folded back in. Caps cover the lancet & test strip cartridge.
(DISCLAIMER: I was not paid by this company or sent a free device. I ordered it on my own from the company directly. I thought doing a review might be a useful way to share information with others who might be interested or needing such a device for their own personal health issues. This analysis in no way constitutes medical advice or product endorsement. I try to keep the devices I select for personal use, profiling, & reviewing in an affordable price range. Often $50 or less where possible. If they are more expensive I try to point out their practicality & uniqueness in assisting me with my personal health tracking.)