Recently, my insurance company shifted my OneTouch Ultra test strips to the top tier of my prescription coverage (meaning that they went from being $60 for a 3 month supply to $150!) and left me with Freestyle Lite strips as my only affordable option.
At first I was angry. I use an Animas/OneTouch Ping and I often bolus from the remote, which used OneTouch strips exclusively. I wined and complained and managed to get a free meter (or two) out of the deal, but ultimately, I have had to make the switch to using Freestyle.
It has been a couple months now and I have gotten used to dialing in my BG for correction boluses again. I have even found the Freestyle meter to have many redeeming qualities; the flashlight that illuminates the test strip is nothing short of the best idea ever, the strips (which fit 50 to a vial as opposed to OneTouch’s 25) barely need any blood at all, and the strips have a cute little butterfly on them.
However, there is one thing that continues to bother me about Freestyle: After each BG test, I grab the strip with my teeth to pull it out of the meter and suck off any excess blood. (Does this make me a vampire?) Then I drop both the strip and the meter back into the little owl coin purse from which they came.
The problem is this: Freestyle test strips taste funny. There. I said it. They have a weird chemical taste that OneTouch is lacking and I hate it. I hate it more than I love the strip illuminating flashlight. More than the cute little butterfly adorning each strip. More than the custom skins I can decorate my meter with.
I hate the taste of Freestyle strips.