just t learning about using the technology, I started this rant on the what are you doing comment place and now I have found my way here. Hassling with insurance lately. It pushes my face into the whole being diabetic thing Yes I am fortunate to live in the twenty first century. Continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pumps, laser photoocoagulation, dialysis, high tech insulin. We are fortunate if we can find ways to access/pay for it. Life is stressful enough without test strips, batteries, sets and tubing. Sometimes being diabetic sucks. Or maybe it sucks all the time but thanks to human hopefullness I don't always be at the mental place of even thinking about it except when I need to.Oh yeah when I check my blood, figure how much carbs I'm eating or need to eat(do that with a sleepy 320 a.m. low blood sugar brain) This whole monster crucial part of our metabolic processes doesn't work right and we are lucky to have the toolsbut I think it sucks that we need to use these tools. That we need to think about test strips, batteries(life scary) to run out of batteries. I don't like that I need to think about it and there are NO vacations. Oh yea lucky diabetics with all the modern tools... if you can find a way to access/pay for it.A rant, I truly am glad to not spend much time in the diabetes sucks place. Thanks for a place to rant and people that can relate to how many places diabetes impacts lives. Thank you Thank you.

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Comment by thomas on November 19, 2010 at 9:47pm
Hi lotsofshots thanks for the words and the thought behind them. I think about the parts of being diabetic that I despise and right after that comes profoundly felt appreciation for the tools that I resent the need for. I'm not a bitter sour sort of person for which I am grateful. Grateful for so very much. I think it is important to recognize and acknowledge the funky way we feel so as to not spend a bunch of energy trying to not feel a way we do. Chronic disease, an old ad for Geritol used to say"if you have your health you have everything" But somehow I don't feel like I'm sick, don't feel as if I am one of the people with a chronic condition, flu shots and such. Thank you for giving a dog a loving home, Brings a smile to my face to think about Mr. Qua,sleeping on the floor in what we call his dog cave.Stuff to be grateful for, dogs are one for sure
Comment by mistressbinky on December 20, 2010 at 4:58pm

Don't forget to itemize batteries, glucose tablets, alcohol swabs etc. under medical for 2011 tax. Anything you buy to care for your medical condition is tax deductible-even cab ride to app't and parking fee (save receipt and clip to medical app't)

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