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How many of us have health insurance and feel that cost issues get in the way of our diabetes management?

Started this discussion. Last reply by christy Sep 8, 2011. 17 Replies

On the tudiabetes front page today: "11% of TuAnalyze users have no health insurance, and of these 64% report that cost issues get in the way of ideal diabetes management." Ok, that's obviously a…Continue

 

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jbowler replied to MissyMoo's discussion 'Where are you getting Freestyle test strips?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I just tested this using the strips Abbott are replacing and the 2015/10 ones that I have. With code 16 the old strips read the same as the new and, in my test, the new ones actually showed greater variation, but with code 17 the old strips seem…"
Monday
jbowler replied to MissyMoo's discussion 'Where are you getting Freestyle test strips?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I telephoned Abbott on the number they give to use if the pharmacy supplies the wrong strips, 1-877-584-5159, here: https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/press-room/2014/2014-c.html The lady had me open all the boxes and check the lot numbers; they…"
Monday
jbowler replied to MissyMoo's discussion 'Where are you getting Freestyle test strips?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I was wrong. I just checked and Walmart has been supplying me with mixed batches, in the last two months I've had 200 out of 300 test strips from 07/2015; too early. They weren't doing this before; they did it the first couple of times…"
Monday
jbowler replied to MissyMoo's discussion 'Where are you getting Freestyle test strips?' in the group OmniPod Users
"Walmart. They tried supplying me with early dated strips immediately after the recall; I caught that, they then supplied me with one batch dated 8/14, I didn't catch that. Since then they've been reliable however they take about a week to…"
Monday
jbowler replied to MarlboroNick's discussion 'Manual pod reset of alarm' in the group OmniPod Users
"Unfortunately they can't leave the hole open because otherwise sweaty water would get in when we swim, causing a short on the PCB. Instead they seal the hole and water enters and exits through the vent hole in the center of the bottom of the…"
Monday
jbowler replied to MarlboroNick's discussion 'Manual pod reset of alarm' in the group OmniPod Users
"The hole is covered in Jello, at least in the one I just looked at. Pull all the adhesive off to make it easier, get a magnifying glass if necessary. I recommend using a thumbtack not a paperclip: Pushing through the hole breaks off the corner of…"
Saturday
jbowler replied to IBelieve's discussion 'Anyone got Cigna to cover Freestyle Test Strips at Tier 1 or 2 level for use with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"Potentially you can swap all the Omnipod supplies (including insulin) to Aetna, but unless you are on Medicare you face the very real possibility of Aetna and United Healtcare having two different set of rules which mean neither of them are…"
Nov 16
jbowler replied to IBelieve's discussion 'Anyone got Cigna to cover Freestyle Test Strips at Tier 1 or 2 level for use with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"Yeah, I figured; it sounds like Cigna have given up on their own hand-scribed rules and are using the Federal ones. This is good; we can vote for the government, we don't have any choice about our employer's insurance company."
Nov 16
jbowler replied to IBelieve's discussion 'Anyone got Cigna to cover Freestyle Test Strips at Tier 1 or 2 level for use with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"That's the correct way to do it for Medicare; all pump supplies (insulin, test strips, cannulas etc) are DME according to the Federal Medicare rules. You're the first person I've heard of who has had success with this and it's…"
Nov 16
jbowler replied to IBelieve's discussion 'Anyone got Cigna to cover Freestyle Test Strips at Tier 1 or 2 level for use with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"I had the same problem with BCBSO (pre-Obamacare, when I didn't have a choice) and just gave up and used their preferred brand (Bayer). Other people have reported that if the doctor prescribes the Freestyle strips and writes a certificate of…"
Nov 15
jbowler replied to Dave's discussion 'Do you plan to change a pod at work?' in the group OmniPod Users
"You only get 10% overall on the 80 hour thing. It's just a diabetic thing for me; those extra hours not having to actually change the pod count, but it's like using the same needle for the whole of the insulin pen (something I always did…"
Nov 14
jbowler replied to Dave's discussion 'Do you plan to change a pod at work?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I've always found I need a stable, clean, surface to either inject (MDI) or do a pod change. Many many years ago I did MDI in bathrooms, but trying to balance a vial of insulin, a syringe and (originally) a swab with no safe surface to put any…"
Nov 11
jbowler replied to Spock's discussion 'Pump Protocal at TSA Screening--what do you do?'
"Oh, and following on from my previous reply about Medtronic equipment being unsafe (according to Medtronic) in body scanners, don't go to the UK if you use a Medtronic pump: Will I have to be security-scanned if I am wearing medical…"
Nov 2
jbowler replied to Spock's discussion 'Pump Protocal at TSA Screening--what do you do?'
"The issue is that the Medtronic devices are particularly sensitive to both X-rays and the technology used in body scanners (which is, for the most part, high frequency radio). So far as I can tell this is a unique problem with Medtronic…"
Nov 2
jbowler replied to Tommy's discussion 'How to protect the Dexcom CGM transmitter/sensor while diving' in the group Diving and Scuba Diving
"Indeed; the problem I had with removing the Omnipod before the dive (which is what I was doing originally for dives over 25ft) was that I dive about 1 day a week over the summer and it is both inconvenient and damaging to my HbA1C to have to remove…"
Nov 1
jbowler replied to Tommy's discussion 'How to protect the Dexcom CGM transmitter/sensor while diving' in the group Diving and Scuba Diving
"Indeed, the waterproof Kindle paperwhite produced by waterfi is, they say, good to 210ft (like their other products). The issue is the failure mode - if a waterfi product fails they give you your money back, but for pumps and sensors we need to be…"
Nov 1

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
I don't know what type of diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
I've never had an antibody test, but my body certainly produces no insulin.
Date diagnosed
January 1, 0197
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
[varies]
Type of treatment/devices you use
Shots, Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Omnipod
Tell us more about you (optional)
I scuba dive and swap back to MDI when diving.

About me

I developed diabetes (juvenile onset) around the age of 12; I think it was 1972 or maybe 1973. It took maybe a month to develop fully, at the end I had to p*** pretty much every 40 minutes; something I remember very well because I could barely last a single lesson at school.

Since then I've taken bovine, pig and now human insulin. Initially mixed regular and protamine-zinc (PZI). Yes, mixed! Don't laugh, it wasn't funny. Of course that resulted in overnight low blood sugars throughout my youth.  Anyway that, and the sensitivity to non-human insulin in the form of very rapid lows, is in the past.

More recently I took Ultratard (or the Novo equivlent) for my basal supply then, when that was discontinued, Lantus. (Lantus is a ridiculously overpriced bad imitation of Ultratard so far as I'm concerned.)

I've used regular then Humalog during the day. These days I take 4 units of Humalog before any significant meal, 2 or 3 for high blood sugar and small amounts of food.

My diet ended up being basically starch free (Bernstein with fruit ;-). I and my wife had been trying to get reduced A1C levels and that led to the abandonment of the starch diet.

With the availability of a tubeless insulin pump (Omnipod) I swapped to that. That allowed me to relax the starch free diet and be much more proactive in my control - I could inject less than 2 units of insulin at a time!

Today I'm still on the Omnipod and still trying to get the balance right between the basal dose and the per-meal (or per-correction) doses. I'm also scuba diving on a regular basis and, as a result, going back to temporary MDI (Lantus+Humalog) on a regular basis.

My contact information is jbowler@acm.org - I use lots of spam filters, but simple text email normally gets through fine.

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At 4:36pm on October 20, 2013, artwoman said…

I (think I did it corRectly) sent a request to be a friend. I am in Portland, fairly recetly moved here. It will be two years next week. I am looking to connect with other adults with type 1 who are very proactive. Thanks
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At 6:18pm on April 8, 2012, Linda G said…

Hello! How Do You Do, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you jbowler...
Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)

At 9:10am on April 8, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,jbowler. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 5:47am on April 8, 2012, brokenpole said…

Happy Birthday, jbowler!! Hope you have a wonderful day and get to have some fun. Enjoy your special day.

At 7:03am on July 30, 2011, Donna H said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.
At 3:46pm on July 27, 2011, Doris D said…
WELCOME TO OUR REALLY BIG (WORLD WIDE) LOVING, CARING AND UNDERSTANDING FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you need anything just ask.

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At 12:13pm on July 27, 2011, Marie B said…
hello and welcome! You might want to take a look at this Group

http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/drbernstein
At 11:13am on July 27, 2011, andy chen said…
I love you, my husband.
At 9:35am on July 27, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. WELCOME!!!
At 8:12am on July 27, 2011, brokenpole said…
Welcome to the family!! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

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The emporer's new PDM

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

So here I sit in my castle with my high blood sugar: 249.

I've also just eaten a sweety, a chocolate covered biscuit; 7g my wife says.

So I use my magnificent new golden PDM to enter a bolus and it says I need zero (0) units:

Suggested bolus: 0.00u

Meal (7/12) = 0.55u

Correction:

(249-100)/64 = 2.30u

Meal IOB:

(3.60u) = -2.30u

Correction IOB:

(0.55u) = -0.55u

-----------------------

Total = 0.00u

? on my magnificent…

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