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#1 of 11 Old 11-20-2007, 04:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Instead of one or two presses of the button to get it to that blank-flashing-ready-to-take-your-temperature phase, it takes 10 presses or more. I keep pressing and pressing. THEN nothing happens! I mean, none of those reassuring 4-second beeps. I keep pressing randomly, and sometimes I see the temperature changing, and THEN eventually, it starts beeping while it takes my temp, and then gives me a temp after just a few seconds.

I figured as long as I eventually got that temperature-in-progress beep followed by the "results" beep, it was OK. But today I noticed a full 1/2 a degree difference between what it read "officially" and what it read while I was trying to get it ready....

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I think I'd get a new one. Simply for my sanity! It isn't ideal to change BBT's mid cycle but if you're not getting accurate readings anyway, you might as well get another one!
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Thanks! I don't know, though - maybe I am getting an accurate reading, eventually. It's not a totally random reading, after all. How can I tell?

The reason I suddenly care is that I'm on CD 31 and planning to test tomorrow, BUT with today's official temperature my chart "no longer detects ovulation" this month.
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You don't have a a Walgreens thermometer, do you? :
I had that same problem with one of their thermometers, and then the battery completely died. I had bought it only 1 week prior to it dying.

I suggest getting one from CVS (or was it Rite Aid?). They are a couple dollars cheaper & they have soft, easy-to-use buttons. You just hold it down until it flashes past the 1st temp. It will also flash to the default 97.70 temp, but the first temp is the one you recorded.

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I bought a Walgreens one as a back up but I've been using one from WalMart. The battery seems to be getting low and this is only my 4th cycle using it. The beep is starting to sound weird and sickly. I guess I need to get a different back up!
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I have the BD Basal Digital Thermometer by BECTON DICKENSON, and it was not so cheap, and I've only been using it for two months or so. I bought it on line because the Rite Aid by my house did not carry them and neither did the medical supply store.

Filiadeluna, I don't understand what you mean by "flashing PAST the first temp."

Also, what are the signs of a dying battery - could that be what's going on with my muleheaded thermometer?
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I bought a Walgreens one as a back up but I've been using one from WalMart. The battery seems to be getting low and this is only my 4th cycle using it. The beep is starting to sound weird and sickly. I guess I need to get a different back up!
Yeah, I don't trust the Walgreens ones (and I used to work there ).

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I have the BD Basal Digital Thermometer by BECTON DICKENSON, and it was not so cheap, and I've only been using it for two months or so. I bought it on line because the Rite Aid by my house did not carry them and neither did the medical supply store.

Filiadeluna, I don't understand what you mean by "flashing PAST the first temp."

Also, what are the signs of a dying battery - could that be what's going on with my muleheaded thermometer?
Well, on my thermometer I have to hold down the button *before* I turn it on. It flashes one temp VERY quickly (you almost miss it), and that's the saved temp, the one you took. Immediately afterwards it flashes 97.70 (the default thermometer temp). Lastly, it flashes to "LOW" or whatever, which means it's ready for you to take a new temp. I messed up some of my temps in the middle of the cycle b/c I thought they were 97.70 and didn't know you had to hold it down *before* turning it on.

My thermometer was only $6.99.

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Yeah, I don't trust the Walgreens ones (and I used to work there ).


Well, on my thermometer I have to hold down the button *before* I turn it on. It flashes one temp VERY quickly (you almost miss it), and that's the saved temp, the one you took. Immediately afterwards it flashes 97.70 (the default thermometer temp). Lastly, it flashes to "LOW" or whatever, which means it's ready for you to take a new temp. I messed up some of my temps in the middle of the cycle b/c I thought they were 97.70 and didn't know you had to hold it down *before* turning it on.

My thermometer was only $6.99.
That's exactly what mine does. I paid $8.99 at WalMart.
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Phooey. I paid almost twice that.
So it sounds dead or dying to you then?
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Phooey. I paid almost twice that.
So it sounds dead or dying to you then?
My Walgreens one did, yes. It was like a robot dying sound almost... a very weak beeping & fading away. LOL.

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sorry, i wasn't clear - I meant the behavior of mine. The beeps are robust enough, but this pattern of getting harder and harder to use is driving me nuts.
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