After a bit of a battle I have managed to get a supply of test strips, 50 per month. I guess I need to rethink everything and get back to some serious testing - just when I thought I had everything sorted! The strips are quite expensive here, (come only in packs of 25, and frequently fail - the climate, they explain!) but my insurance seems willing to give me 50 per month.
I am from Perth, and about to spend a month there visiting kids and grandkids - had been hoping not to spend this precious time in doctor's offices. There is a medical practice near where I'll be staying where they have most of my records (from the odd times when I am back in Aus), but 'my' doctor has gone so I need to start fresh again. I do belong to NDSS, so I will be able to get some strips while I am there.
When I came to Malaysia in January, I brought a whole lot of medication and strips, which lasted long enough to get me organised with the local doctor. (I found the doctors initially just told me to go away and couldn't be bothered to help for the first few months - I can only presume they thought I was just another useless tourist who would ask them to get supplies and then just disappear).
I didn't declare anything when we came here - I don't think I was ever given opportunity. In Aus we can get 2 month's supply at a go and, with special permission, up to six month's worth.
Here they only give a month at a go, and I have actually persuaded the insurance company to let me have 2 month's worth to cover me when I go back to Auz. It seems silly to be taking meds back with me, but I don't want to interrupt the supply stream at this end as I need it to keep going for at least another couple of years!
And lastly, frustratingly, I don't know what caused the stomach upset. In this place there are so many possibilities! I thought it was food poisoning at one stage, and have been carefully watching my husband to see if he was affected. We have both had various upsets ... it's hard to tell. I generally don't eat the food laid out here - it's always lukewarm and sits there for ages - but there is a limit to my ability to be endlessly 'rude' in this culture which values community eating so highly, especially at this time of year when feasting with every group takes up a large part of many days.
Thanks so much Alan - this has been very helpful with my trying to think this thing through.
A couple or three years ago when I was in Saudi Arabia, my (Jordanian) doctor insisted that there was something wrong with my BG meter, told me to throw it away and buy a new one, and would not believe my readings. (He tried to do a check by doing a blood test and at the same time asking me to test with my meter, but the test was 'lost' and I never saw the results...) The issue at that time was basically 'dawn phenomenon' - my sugar was much higher in the morning than at night - which he had never heard of, and the job I had was exceedingly stressful. And now I am wondering whether this was a problem then too and I just didn't notice.
This morning I am feeling much better, but I did notice the presence of a 'pellet' embedded there (!). I am just not game to stop taking them.
There is also this possibility, suggested here by bsc, of gastroparesis. I had never even heard of that until recently - read about it on this site, actually. I guess that's a possibility too. I do have a lot of pain in my stomach. Been on and off various meds for that (somac, omeprosole etc) but presently not taking any. Feel very nervous in that area after my Dad died of stomach cancer. have had endoscopies in the past ...
Don't want to spend my holidays dealing with this - but also don't want to return here to try and deal with it here!