This morning I found this article about Blood Glucose Meters in 2014. The article does a great job explaining the FDA standards which I never knew before today. Reading that a blood sugar under 75 needs to be with in 15 points 95 percent of the time scared me. Seeing that I'm 55 but could really be 70 is a little scary, reacting to a blood sugar of 55 is a lot different than reacting to a reading of 70. For a blood sugar of 55 I would grab a juice box and a granola bar and not take insulin, for a blood sugar of 70 I would just grab the juice. I'm very happy that the accuracy percentage has gone up from 95 to 99 percent. The more accurate the readings are the better care we can give.
What I have to remember is that technology is not perfect but the right steps are being taken to eliminate mistakes. Last time I checked I'm very far from perfect, I make mistakes on a daily basis, if I was a meter I feel that my accuracy percentage would be around 85 or 90. As a coach I often make mistakes on calling a defense or how to handle a late game situation. As an athlete I make numerous mistakes, I start to fast, relax to much going down hill and don't stretch as much as I should post run or bike ride. In my profession I make mistakes, I may not give a green enough water or to much water, I will make mistakes with mowers, I will put down chemicals to late. Until I get better as a person I don't think I have the right to complain about my meter, it is not perfect but it is a lot better than the technology we had just ten years ago.