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Prescription incentives

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mhazelip Mar 19, 2013. 4 Replies

Have you ever wondered why a doctor would place so much faith, and so insistently suggest a CGM, especially sine they are fraught with such unreliability?? I have a High Deductible Health Plan,…Continue

Constant reliability problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Spock Nov 21, 2012. 1 Reply

Now that I have that new battery cap, started with another new sensor and it ran fine for a few hours, calibrating sucessfully. In the past half hour though, I got "weak signal" , for 30 mins; then…Continue


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john commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live interview with Cynthia Rice update on #MedicareCoverCGM'
"Am otherwise committed, but this is a battle I'd gladly enjoin. Even if Medicare would cover part of the cost, the supplemental insurance would then contribute; at least, lessening the burden. After all, they could buy a lot of supplies with…"
Dec 9
john liked Emily Coles's event Live interview with Cynthia Rice update on #MedicareCoverCGM
Dec 9
john liked Judith in Portland's discussion Low-carb holiday stuffing.....
Nov 2
john replied to Kj's discussion 'Insurance not covering Contour Next Test Strips' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I just learned something; Needed strips for an extended trip i am taking and couldn't get Medicare to give me a vacation over ride past 90 days so....Happened by the local Walmart and found they have a "Relion" (basic, but does the…"
Jun 19
john replied to Kj's discussion 'Insurance not covering Contour Next Test Strips' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Insurance? You just wait until you have to deal with Medicare!!They don't cover those particular strips nor the sensors for your meter. I just went back to using my One Touch meter because those strips are covered by almost all insurance…"
Jun 12
john replied to KML's discussion 'Traveling for the first time on a pump....' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"You shouldn't have any major problems with security and all that jazz. If travelling abroad, I'd definitely take a few syringes and vials of both long and short acting insulin though. If you have to, it's better to use insulins you…"
Jun 10
john replied to NatetheDiabetic's discussion 'New Enlite Medtronic sensor' in the group Continuous Glucose Monitor Users
"I too had one break off inside me recently. I was on a sailboat trip so communication with medtronics was sketchy and the best they could say was to "contact your endocrinologist"; soo helpful. I called my Doc and she advised me to keep an…"
May 28
john replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"You know, Elaine, I was just thinking; at that many strips per day, you'd be better off with a CGM, wouldn't you? Ten strips per day means a blood test every 2 1/2 hours; If your blood sugar fluctuates that much, I really pity you, but…"
May 21
john replied to swisschocolate's discussion 'Battery problems' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I broke the end of the battery cover, by over tightening, which gave some erratic performance before I discovered the cause. I just use Energizer AAA and no such problems as you have. If I get a suspicious alert, I test the battery voltage. If it…"
May 14
john replied to NancyR's discussion 'Wearing a CGM on an airplane' in the group Continuous Glucose Monitor Users
"Gosh, I've become so cavalier about it that I sometimes let it go through the scanner, don't carry any kind of "letter" and it's hunky dory. Enjoy your trip."
May 4
john replied to Leotha Fleming III's discussion 'Using Enlite Sensors With Revel System' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Just love it! Unfortunately, I had a HDHP, through my employer but, with the onset of Obamacare, their plan had to change, and now I am forced onto Medicare. What a joke! They are the biggest deniers of all things medical. They don't cover…"
Apr 28
john replied to Leotha Fleming III's discussion 'Using Enlite Sensors With Revel System' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Great news, thanks! I am soo tired of the FDA just dragging things along and refusing to consider anything the least bit creative. Good for you."
Apr 25
john replied to Cocheze's discussion '"My aunt's a diabetic and she works at a bank"' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"The one I like best is " I had an uncle/aunt/ grandparent with that...and they lost a foot/ leg/ went do you feel about having it?" Response: "I just love it, I think everyone should have it....don't you?""
Mar 21
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Mar 11
john replied to Cocheze's discussion 'Worse Diabetic Moments?' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Aw hell, I had a boss who tried to intimidate me, and made fun of me having diabetes, in business meetings, in front of others. I just ignored him, did a blood test in front of everyone, then whipped out an insulin pen and gave myself a pre lunch…"
Feb 17
john replied to MelissaBL's discussion 'Future of the Navigator - My Dinner with Abbott...' in the group Freestyle Navigator Users
"Thank you so very much for such an objective, factual, discourse. I am a MM user but have been following the Abbott story since before I got a CGM. I'll patiently wait for their new unit before I replace the meter I have now. John"
Feb 10

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
learn new things tips and tricks for better management
Date diagnosed
April 4, 1986
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.5 December 2013
Type of treatment/devices you use
Shots, CGM, Diet and Exercise
Tell us more about you (optional)
Try to manage it well. I run between 6 adn 12 miles per day, sail my old boat and teach others to sail. Also like to compete in long distance runs, because I'm too old to be very good at anything under 6 miles! Backpacking and exploring are other areas of interest to me.
I have a wife, two grown daughters, with their own families, and 6 grandchildren.
Having lived in a couple of socialist countries, I am also now quite conservative; no more of that "equally shared misery' thanks.
I worked for John Deere, Komatsu and International Harvester; in the heavy machinery industry, managing various sales and service operations in several countries of the world.

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At 7:12pm on December 12, 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.

At 4:40pm on December 12, 2011, Linda G said…

Welcome home john....
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends ♥
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
Take care....and keep in touch!

At 1:22pm on December 12, 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 1:13pm on December 12, 2011, Doris D said…

WELCOME TO ONE OF THE GREATEST FAMILIES YOU WILL EVER MEET MY FRIEND!!!! WE'RE GLAD YOU JOINED US!!!!!!!!!! Please introduce yourself on our forum. Questions??? Just ask one of us or post it on our forum and you will get many answers there.

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