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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by JTenzo, Nov 23, 2016.

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    JTenzo · Newbie

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    I have type 1 insulin dependant diabetes. I have recently had erratic readings and been advised that using constant monitoring would help to understand my trends. My diabetic nurse has provided me with a new Libre meter. I have to purchase the sensors for it which cost about £58 for 1 sensor that may last 2 weeks. I am on disability benefit and cannot pay this. Does anyone know anywhere I may purchase these at a cheaper rate? Any help would be appreciated
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Welcome @JTenzo :)

    I don't know of anywhere to get cheap sensors. Did you explain that you wouldn't be able to afford them to your DSN? Do they have any alternative you could use eg a CGM?

    How erratic are your sugars?
     
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    Propertyoflife Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi @JTenzo

    I'm afraid I haven't found them any cheaper than that. I spoke to my DSN about it and she said she wasn't aware of any other cheaper sources. I'm afraid I just resorted to testing a lot more using my traditional meter.

    Sorry I don't have anything more useful for you
     
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    col101 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't know of any cheaper alternatives to Abbott, if you are diabetic then you can claim the vat of by just ticking box on order form, helps a little bit.
     
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    JTenzo · Newbie

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    Quite erratic. Hardly any hypos but high readings even with extra insulin. Need overnight monitoring but not seeing my consultant until January
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    You could try asking for a loan of a CGM plus one sensor so you could get a full picture.

    Has this started recently? The highs, I mean.
     
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    Propertyoflife Type 1 · Active Member

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    I know this is a pain but can you test during the night using your normal meter?

    I know it's not ideal but I am currently doing a reading every night at 3am because I think I suffer from dawn phenomenon.

    It's unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be a way to get access to a libre meter if you cannot afford the sensors but conventional testing may help until something becomes available?
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Propertyoflife Type 1 · Active Member

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    @azure

    My hospital is no longer offering the meter at all.

    They say they have been told that the NHS should not be giving them out.

    It might be a Scottish thing.
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    It seems it varies hugely across the UK as to policy and availability.
     
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    I'm in London - I got the meter and first sensor free with a trial through my hospital. My DSN organised a session with the Abbott Rep. that would give you 14 days of readings and the meter free and perhaps you could purchase 1 or 2 yourself after that just to get a sense of what is going on between tests. That's what I love about it - I scan before I go to sleep and I test when I wake up and it shows me what has happened in the night. Lows and highs and all sorts of goings on whilst I slept! Another huge plus is that when you do a reading it indicates whether your sugars are staying level, increasing rapidly or slowly, or dropping fast or slowly.. so I can be ready to take action and test again soon after. I did not know any of this until I went to the intro session. Yes it's expensive but this first year as a T1 with a very active lifestyle my BG levels are all over the place. But yes it is expensive to fund.. I'm going to do a week of pricking in between every new sensor.. and VAT exempt just to reduce annual cost a little!
     
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