Please read my disclosure statement. Bayer sent me a Didget Kit and an extra vial of test strips to try out. The Nintendo DS was our own. The opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was given. For technical information about this blood glucose meter, please visit the Bayer Didget website.
When I saw the Bayer Didget blood glucose monitoring system, I knew I wanted to find out more. It’s targeted exactly to our demographic: the child with diabetes. But more than a gimmick to get my child engaged, I need a meter that is easy to use and incredibly reliable.
We were given the 25 test strips that come with the kit, plus an additional vial of 50 test strips. Results in this post are based on using the meter until we used the first 25 test strips.
We put the Didget to the test. My opinions will be given in a series of posts. This one is my impression of the accessories including the case, lancets, and lancing device. The next post will be a detailed look at the meter, test strips, and customer service. Then I will give our impressions of the Nintendo DS game. Finally, the last will be my overall verdict of the meter, the game, and if I would actually buy and use this meter on a permanent basis.
The case is a bit flimsy. I would like to see it more structured. The meter cases I have used previously have come with a diagram showing where you should put each item or it’s been obvious, but the manual did not have an illustration. There is a piece of velcro that you can attach to the back of the meter cover that slides off to allow access to the USB port and the connection to the Nintendo DS.
- When you put the meter into the case using the velcro method, the display is upside down.
- I had a very difficult time getting the test strip vial in and out of the elastic loop.
- I like to keep the lancing device in an elastic loop, but I couldn’t get it in and out easily. I had to start storing it in the mesh zippered section.
- When zipping up the case, the meter frequently turned itself on wasting the batteries.
The meter kit comes with 25 colorful lancets. My daughter loved the colored lancets and they provided a fun choice at testing time (since she doesn’t have a choice not to test).
- My daughter liked the colorful lancets. If she was nearby when I set up the lancing device, I let her choose the color.
- Lancets on the flimsy side. I bent a few of them trying to get them back out.
- I found it sometimes difficult to stick the used lancet onto the plastic circle and remove it from the lancing device. It kept coming back off the circle.
Microlet 2 Lancing Device
- I had a hard time removing the end cap.
Would I use this meter long term? You’ll have to read the next three posts on this meter to find out.
All posts about about the Bayer Didget
- Part One: Bayer Didget Blood Glucose Meter Accessories
- Part Two: Bayer Didget Blood Glucose Meter, Test Strips, and Customer Service Review
- Part Three: Bayer Didget Meter’s Knock ‘Em Downs: World Fair Nintendo DS Game Review (coming soon)
- Part Four: Bayer Didget Meter Review Final Thoughts (coming soon)