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Anybody else using the Abbott FreeStyle InsuLinx?

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Elc1112, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. laurenjaner

    laurenjaner · Newbie

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    i get my strips from the chemist as i just phoned up the doctors and asked them if they could put them on the prescription for me but tell them the name of the strips first lol x :D :eek:
     
  2. candiloo

    candiloo · Well-Known Member

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    My diabetic nurse is about as much use as a chocolate teapot - whatever I ask her about she will give me such a vapid answer that I get no help. Her answer to the meter was, 'well what if you change you mind about how many carbs you are having? You can't change it' so she wouldn't set it up, didn't know how to set it up any way and I phoned Abbott and we did it together as I am a bit thick. I love that you only need a tiny bit of blood on the strips, but I really struggle with getting the strips out of the little container. I have to say, Abbott have been really helpful and they phone and ask you stuff too.
     
  3. candiloo

    candiloo · Well-Known Member

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    Just one other thing about the Insulix - do the carb counting course first to get the most out of it, otherwise it is just a posh meter. The course teaches you how to calculate what you need, according to your long acting insulin amount and it all sort of falls into place.
     
  4. Wullie

    Wullie · Active Member

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    The plus point about this meter is that it only requires a minimal amount of blood.

    Now going to give the insulin calculator a try - thanks to the poster who posted the code.
     
  5. Sharon Guy

    Sharon Guy · Active Member

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    Thank you! I have wanted this set up but no professional knew anything about it. Brilliant!
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  6. True Bassist

    True Bassist Type 1 · Member

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    Just got this meter and really liking it.

    I called up Abbott today to request some Control Solution and they were very helpful and genuinely interested about me over the phone.

    Hoping that this will be a helpful tool in controlling sugar levels!
     
  7. Wullie

    Wullie · Active Member

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    A bit more from me - this is the best meter I've ever had.

    Yes, there's no backlight and the carb calculator starts at 15 :roll: but it's been invaluable. Wish I could have two - one for home, one for work.
     
  8. True Bassist

    True Bassist Type 1 · Member

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    If you press and hold the yellow spot button on the home screen, LED backlighting turns on!


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  9. Sharon Guy

    Sharon Guy · Active Member

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    Helena26 · Newbie

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    Just got the freestyle insulin X meter and I can't read the screen....it is too dark and the back light does not come on.....suggestions as to brightening the screen ?
     
  11. Helena26

    Helena26 · Newbie

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    I ordered 2 and got them free with no problem.
     
  12. Wullie

    Wullie · Active Member

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    Hmm, will try ordering another. Here's hoping!

    BTW, as True Bassist said, hold down the wee button and the backlight will come on. :)
     
  13. Yong-Dae Choi

    Yong-Dae Choi Type 1 · Newbie

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    Does anyone know if there are settings for the Carb input on the advanced settings? It has up and down arrows but goes up so slow…
     
  14. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    There is a code number that can be entered into the Insulinx that allows for changing the carb ratio. AM Brennan posted it a while back

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  15. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    it is CAA1C as i recall
     
  16. Yong-Dae Choi

    Yong-Dae Choi Type 1 · Newbie

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    Yes I have entered my ratio in the advanced settings. However during daily use, when I enter the carb it initially starts at 15g with an up & down arrow. In the evenings my carbs are around 160-180g, it's annoying to hold the up button for so long. Is there any way to make it go up quicker?
     
  17. saraenfield

    saraenfield Type 1 · Member

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    If you turn it on let go of the button and then hold the button down a light turns on! Also anything under 20grams of carbs you shouldnt have to do insulin for if you 24 hour insulin is correct!

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  18. borderter

    borderter Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I too hate the slow carb counter of the insulinx. The roche meter works far quicker going up in increments of 10 gms then slowing down for the odd bits only problem with it is the large drop of blood needed
     
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