Hi Amy - me again (I’m baaack!).
I imagine that as a loving mom, eager to get your son started, you may have found a meter to use now. So I just wanted to add a couple of thoughts:
Check which battery your meter uses and be sure to pick up a set. They last a while but do give out eventually. The meter will display a battery icon when it’s starting to get low - I don’t recall how many tests you have left once you see it, but it’s best to keep some on hand so you’re not caught off guard.
if you’re able to, invest in an additional meter or two. In addition to the main one which stays in my kitchen, I keep one in my purse, and another in my bedroom in case I need to do a reading overnight. It saves the worry of “Oh no, I left the meter at the house!” which happened to me frequently when I first started multiple tests. You probably will have to pay out of pocket for extra one/s, and depending on which you use they may run betweeen $20-$50 or so; but it could be worth it for peace of mind, especially if you’re as forgetful as I am.
Be sure to get all of the same make and model - even though meters all have to conform to standards of accuracy - as @Dennis pointed out, I think doctors prefer comparing apples to apples, as it were. And if you use software o download and analyze readings, it helps to have all of them on the same platform.
With the extra meter/s you may want to purchase an extra supply of strips so you won’t have to worry about whether you have a pack with you when you switch meters. Even if you do pay out of pocket they should last you a while and you’ll be ahead if the ones you use aren’t available when you order them from your pharmacy.
Speaking of which - just to be on the safe side - especially since you’re a mom to a child who I gather was recently diagnosed - if you get your supplies locally rather than by mail, check with your pharmacy to see if they have issues getting the strips you need. When I started using my current meter - the AccuuChek Guide - they were constantly on back order at my local CVS. I tried several other pharmacies (CVS and others) in my neighborhood and surrounding area and apparently they all use the same supplier, who was having issues. I was able to get them at another CVS several miles away, but I also bought some out of pocket so I would always be ahead of the game. It’s probably an unlikely scenario but I’m sure as a mom you want to have all your bases covered.