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Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe May 22, 2014. 11 Replies

Type 1 and cortisone injections

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Zoe replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"Many type 1's test (an average of) 10 per day, Stuart and John. Doctors don't do us any favor when they tell type 1's to test 4 times a day imho.I test when I get up, before and after 3 meals and before bed. That's 8. The other…"
May 22, 2014
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, 2014
Elaine joined Manny Hernandez's group

Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin…See More
May 20, 2014
Stuart replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"Hello Elaine: Why sp many strips per day? Four meals, behind the wheel three times beyond that... why 10? Stuart"
Jun 9, 2011
Kelly WPA replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"I wasn't thinking about the copay part"
Jun 3, 2011
Elaine replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"Nope, they approved 10/day, but I have to pay the copay every 20 days"
Jun 3, 2011
Kelly WPA replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"Did you mean 200 strips every 30 days? 200 every 20 days actually works out to the 10 per day so I am guessing the 20 was a typo. I agree with BMD - there are so many people getting strips then selling them on eBay, it is making it hard for those…"
Jun 3, 2011
Elaine replied to Elaine's discussion 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to kill me.'
"I have friends who loaned me strips after I ran out. Thank goodness for friends!"
Jun 3, 2011

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Help, Please.

Posted on September 14, 2007 at 5:40am 3 Comments

If the purpose of using a pump is to achieve better bg results, then it's not working for me. My biggest obstacle seems to be absorption rates and places to insert the infusion set. If I insert on my abdomen, my numbers run high. If I insert on my leg, my numbers are fine. But I can't find enough good sites. My hips and rear do not have a layer of fat, it's all on my abdomen. I'm using the quickset 6mm primarily. I tried the sillouette, but those are medieval torture devices. Does anyone have… Continue

Pump - Day 1: Independence Day

Posted on July 4, 2007 at 6:51pm 3 Comments

Today I met with my pump trainer and for the first time in 26 years I am not dependent on a needle. I know, technically it took a needle to get this started, but it is so totally different. What an experience. I am amazed and terrified at the same time. Will I sleep well tonight? Will I have trouble showering in the morning? I just changed clothes for the first time and held the pump in my hand, thinking 'what do I do with this?' I think my basal rate might be set a little high, but it's too… Continue

Introducing Me!

Posted on June 18, 2007 at 1:18pm 3 Comments

Hi! My name is Elaine and I have been type 1 for 26 years. Just today I faxed the paperwork to get my first pump. I've been reading several different blogs for the last year to get some ideas of what life with a pump will be like. I'm not sure I will completely like it, but I still think it's for the best. I'm 45 years old, married and have an almost 19 year old daughter. I'm the only diabetic in my family. It came on pretty quickly after a bad case of food poisoning when I was a freshman in… Continue

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