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Test Strips and Medicare

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Oct 9, 2013. 4 Replies

How many of you are on medicare and where do you get your test strips now that Medicare has limited the vendors who can participate in selling them?I test about 9 times a day, and I've had no problem…Continue

Test strips and medicare

Started Oct 7, 2013 0 Replies

How many of you are on medicare and where do you get your test strips now that Medicare has limited the vendors who can participate in selling them?I test about 9 times a day, and I've had no problem…Continue

Setting bg goals for bolus wizard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daisy Mae Oct 6, 2012. 9 Replies

I'm curious to hear what others do regarding setting up the BG target goals for the bolus wizard. I have a very erratic schedule and don't eat any of my meals at the same time every day. When I first…Continue

Does ocular prednisone raise bg?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Betty J Nov 15, 2010. 1 Reply

While I know that both oral and injected steroids raise blood sugars, I've never seen a discussion on whether the steroid  eye drops used after cataract surgery have much effect on blood glucose…Continue


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Ruth replied to Adele's discussion 'sore fingers'
"I use Dermal Therapy Finger Care Cream - works great. Ruth"
Ruth replied to Nell's discussion 'T1 & lens type for cataract surgery'
"Nell, I wore progressive glasses too, before the surgery. Now I only wear glasses for reading and, sometimes for the computer. During the day, with some natural light, I don't need glasses at all for the computer, but at night with only…"
Mar 25
Ruth replied to Elena's discussion 'Pedicure, yay or nay?'
"A $10 pedicure in NYC????? Please tell me where. The cheapest pedicure in the suburbs of Boston is $35!"
Mar 23
Ruth replied to Nell's discussion 'T1 & lens type for cataract surgery'
"I had both eyes done with the regular lenses because insurance wouldn't pay for any other type of lens, and it's about $1500 to $2000 extra per eye for the special lenses. So all I can tell you is my experience - my previous vision (most…"
Mar 23
Ruth replied to Stuart's discussion 'Anxiety attack diabetes... yes/no?'
"Also, depending on how much novocain you got, could have been a reaction to all the epinephrine that's in the novocain."
Feb 14
Ruth replied to sdkate's discussion 'Prednisone -- I should know better'
"Yeah, steroids wreak havoc on bg control. I, too, have had to have steroid shots for arthritis (knees, shoulders, foot) and for trigger fingers in my hands. The one thing I've found is that once your numbers go up from steroids, it's very…"
Feb 9
Ruth replied to niccolo's discussion 'why don't we inject insulin intravenously?'
"I don't have enough knowledge to know if this would be feasible or not, but I can tell you that every time I've been hospitalized and on an IV, the insulin was still given by shot, not through the IV. Ruth"
Dec 5, 2014
Ruth replied to Mario's discussion 'Severe allergic reaction to adhesives - Need help and advice.'
"You might also want to try it WITHOUT the SkinTac but WITH the Tegaderm patch...that worked for me. Ruth"
Nov 29, 2014
Ruth commented on Elizabeth's blog post 'Ketones: the good, the bad, the… misunderstood'
"Wow - that is absolutely the BEST explanation of the whole process that I've ever read. Thanks for putting it all together, and in such an understandable way. Ruth"
Nov 16, 2014
Ruth replied to Dave's discussion 'Itching all over'
"Sounds like extremely dry skin, which can be a problem for us diabetics, and it usually does flare up right when the cold air hits and we start using the heat. I use a moisturizing body wash year-round and supplement with body cream after…"
Nov 3, 2014
Ruth replied to elizabetta's discussion 'DeQuervain's and Trigger Finger- treatment with steroid injection resulting in hyperglycemia'
"I've had many steroid injections over the years. My rheumatologist finally figured out a way to keep my bg's from going high. I increase my basal rates (using the temp basal feature) to 130% immediatelyupon getting the injection. Then I…"
Sep 23, 2014
Ruth replied to Deannan's discussion 'Seriously, who can implant a Dexcom Sensor on thair back haunch by themselves?'
"I'm not all that flexible any more, yet I still manage to get four sites for my pump on my right rear end. I think the trick is to start very high (just below where your hip starts flaring out), and as close to your right side as possible. Then…"
Sep 22, 2014
Ruth replied to Leslie65's discussion 'Insulin pump and Medicare'
"Leslie, I'm (we think) a T2 and I qualified for a pump on Medicare, but I almost didn't. My first C-peptide test came out too high. One thing a fellow diabetic told me (a T1 also on Medicare) is that if your blood sugar is high when you…"
Aug 17, 2014
Ruth replied to Brian (bsc)'s discussion 'Gosh - Sorry about your FROZEN INSULIN!'
"I use Frio's when traveling, but I never refrigerate them. I just reactivate them every couple of days by soaking them in water. They've kept my insulin safe on 2-week trips even when I was traveling by car and the car sat in the hot sun…"
Aug 3, 2014
Ruth replied to David Yoder's discussion 'Donut Hole'
"David, You mentioned the donut hole. Are you on Medicare? If so, you may be able to get insulin directly through Medicare without having to go through your supplemental insurance. So if you ARE on Medicare, look into that by calling the 800 number…"
Aug 3, 2014
Ruth replied to Fabio Esteban's discussion 'Need advice'
"One suggestion that worked for me a year or so ago...I needed a new One Touch and, of course, Medtronic was no longer carrying them. So I called Lifescan and explained that I didn't want to switch, but if I had to, they'd lose my business…"
Jul 29, 2014

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At 12:13pm on August 23, 2013, Cora said…

Hi Ruth. Yup, it's me. I actually spend most of my time at Diabetes Daily, but I do keep up here somewhat. DD has become a bit of a "low carb" monster, but there are hundreds of years of experienced insulin users there and a lot of really nice people.

At 10:14am on November 13, 2009, Robyn said…
Hi and Welcome!
At 8:45am on November 13, 2009, Marie B said…
hi, Ruth, welcome to TuDiabetes! Join us tomorrow for The Big Blue Test at 2PM. It was so much fun last time we did it.



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