The Freestyle Libre (part 1)

Disclosure first: I was given the Freestyle Libre continuous glucose monitor to try at home. Abbott is covering the cost of the device and two sensors. I am not being compensated in any other way. All opinions on my brief experience with this device are my own, as always.

You might have noticed a lot of talk about the Freestyle Libre gaining approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a couple of months back. That means that we here in the United States now have access to a device that has been a hit in Europe for a couple of years now.
 
 
Since I was given the receiver and a couple of sensors to try, I am happy to share my experiences using the Freestyle Libre. The setup was easy and completed without even checking the enclosed user manual and other material (more on that in a minute).
 
 
The initial two things I have to say about it fall under the Bad Thing/Good Thing heading.
 
 
Bad Thing: all of the documentation I received is in Spanish. The user manual and quick start guide are all en espanol. I can read and comprehend some Spanish, but not enough to feel confident using a medical device.
But… Good Thing: The online tutorials were terrific, and all I needed to get started.
 
 
Bad Thing: The Freestyle Libre calibration process takes 12 hours.
Good Thing: It’s true… this CGM does not require a fingerstick to calibrate.
 
 
I think that’s enough to start with. If you want to see what others have to say about the Freestyle Libre, just look around a bit… you’ll find plenty of information and opinion. Then come back here, as I will likely have more to tell as the next 20 days or so pass.
 
 
One more thing: I am thrilled that there is another tool for People With Diabetes to choose from to help them manage their misbehaving pancreases. As a community, I hope we can continue to encourage and empower choice and access for everyone.

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  • Rick Phillips  On December 22, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    In a way I received one as well. But, my insurance purchased it. Now the testing material? No they will not cover that. Hey a company has to draw the line somewhere. So my insurance decided that getting the reader would be great, I cannot wait to try it out. Mine even came with English instructions. Go figure ?

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