I was so disgusted with this town on Sunday, Jan-Hendrik went with his sister (it was het birthday) and 10 other friends to a guest farm to picnic for the day. Lot's of swimming and lots of sun. When he swim he normally take of his pump for that period. So lot's of periods without a pump - I knew his bs was going to be wacky that night.
By 5pm they called me and told met that his glucose meter (medisence optium plus) won't work and it seemed as if his sugar is high (irritability - emotional). So I drove there to fetch him (It is about 7km out). By the time I got there, they took out his pump battery to see if it was the meter battery (they did not bother to check that the meter is using 2 batteries). When they tried putting back the battery back into the pump - the pump failed the battery... No pump again. It seemed that everything on the meter worked fine but when a strip is put in nothing happened!
Back home I took out the spare meter (accu-check active) - battery was flat and no strips. I took both meters and drove to the only pharmacy that was open on a Sunday between 5 and 6. They didn't have meters (I was looking for the same meter because we have about 9 boxes of strips and does'nt want to waste all those strips.) They didn't have that specific battery for the accucheck either - so no use buying strips!
I drove to the hospital. The receptionist told me the pharmasist is on holiday the other one lives 60km out of town and she will not come in. I asked if they didn't have spare for me - I need to check his bs through the night. So she said she's going to ask the sister (the only one on duty!!) Came back and told me I have to bring him in, pay the emergency fee then they will test him!!! You can imagine I laughed at her. I asked is that what I should do the rest of the night - regardless to say I left there furious. It just reminded me of how little people know about diabetes in this small town!
After I went out I decided to phone everyone I know who has diabetes - there are 3 children in our town with diabetes and about 3 adults - most of them lived on farms outside town. Luckily the first person I called had a medisence on standby. It turned out that her medical aid sent her another meter - also a accucheck- because the strips for the medisence was too expensive. I told her I'll give her a pack of strips on return of the meter.
Yesterday (Monday) I phone the pharmacy that works with our medical aid and ask them about another meter, and if the medical aid will pay for one. The lady phoned me back and said that the medical aid will not pay for another meter but she talked to the pharmasist and they will send me a meter for free!! But they can only do it on the 12th of January because the supplier is closed till then. So we're on a borrowed meter till then!!
This sort of thing won't happen in a city where there's lot's of phamacies and hospitals. It's really a drawback in a small town!