Just after I had finished writing my first post, my husband came in surprisingly early from work and said, “Get your Glad Rags on, I’m taking you out to lunch!” I’m afraid I only glanced apologetically at the box of Almased as I leapt out the door to one of the local eateries. I did choose a chicken salad as the main course but the caramel apple pie with vanilla ice-cream screamed out for a last stand and once I’d folded, well, the rest of the day was just disastrous. Waking up this morning with the high sugar headache urged me towards finding the blood monitor though.
That was easier said than done! I found plenty of empty blood monitor bags; for somebody who never takes their blood if they can help it, I seem to have bought quite a number of them! Eventually I managed to find an Accu-chek Compact which only needed new batteries and a new cassette. The next trial was to find a finger pricker and needle which matched. Finally I had everything together so, after throwing all the out of date cassettes in the bin, I slipped the new cassette into the monitor. Lots of satisfactory whirring ensued followed by a most unsatisfactory error message, E-2. I just knew there was no chance of finding the instructions so I reinserted the cassette numerous times with the same result before trying another cassette. Still no joy so I retrieved an out of date cassette and tried that. Perfect but unreliable. However, maybe it had kickstarted things? I reinserted the in date cassette…no such luck.