For me this topic takes me back to my beginning with diabetes. The blood glucose meter that I used took a lady bug sized drop of blood and two minutes for a result. After one minute you had to wipe the blood off of the test strip. The meter was large. One thing I liked about it is the chemstrip had two colors that appeared and you could match the strip up to the test strip bottle to find out your reading. This was really convenient if you did not want to have to lug the meter around.
Of course, it has been great to see all of the improvements in glucose meters over the year. I am sure glad that mine does not need a large drop of blood and that it will even let me add more blood if need be. Only taking 5 seconds is very nice. I am thankful for these improvements and look forward to more in the future.