So, as a newbie to all of this, I'm really apprehensive about using a human meter. How will I know accurate values? But the test strips for the alphaTrak 2 are insane. I'm not even sure there's a place to buy the testing strips besides Amazon.ca, and I won't be able to get them until the 18th. That makes me uncomfortable. My vet doesn't have any testing strips in stock. Is a human meter advisable for a newbie like me to use? Can anyone give me some guidance here? I don't even know where to look, or where to start. I'm so sorry for all the questions. Is the ear prick thing separate from the monitor? I'm looking for inexpensive but as accurate as possible.