As I posted the other day on one of my Blogs (here) - we went through 10 test strips in less than 12 hours the other night…

Eden's current prescription - which was a pain to get authorized - allows for testing blood sugar up to 10 times a day.


Clearly, that is NOT enough…


When at the doctor the other day I asked him if we could get a prescription for more.. He upped it to 12 times a day - but did mention that he had not had much luck getting insurance approval in the past for that amount of testing..



This is another part of Type 1 Diabetes that is

SO incredibly FRUSTRATING !!!!!


The more often Eden tests her blood sugar, the better we can control her blood sugar numbers. MORE testing should be ENCOURAGED to eliminate extreme high and low blood sugars and complications that require an ER visit or hospitalization… Eden being hospitalized will cost the insurance company more in the long run then allowing us the blood testing supplies we need…





We used to have a nice stock pile of test strips…

This Summer we went through ALL OF IT..


We are down to ONE BOX of 50 test strips..


I just went to the pharmacy and of course the new amount has not been approved yet.. Goodness knows how long it might take..


Insurance doesn't care 


  • That I needed to send extra supplies to school.
  • That I need to keep extra supplies in my purse in case Eden's kit runs dry
  • That we can waste a couple of strips a week from strip errors or for testing without hand washing
  • That Eden is extremely active and to keep her SAFE we NEED to test her more than 10 times a day..


Yes, we can buy them out of pocket - but they are EXPENSIVE…

and we shouldn't have to…

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Comment by shoshana27 on August 8, 2014 at 2:40pm

I AGREE WITH YOU 10000000000000%

Comment by Olivia on August 8, 2014 at 2:51pm

I've got the same problem. Right now I'm down to about 20 strips and I'm not getting any more for a few days. A week ago I completely ran out of test strips and had to get some over the counter. Mom wants me to exercise more, and I want to go on bike rides too, but that would require extra tests and I just don't have the strips for that right now. It's all highly inconvenient.

Comment by yeagen on August 12, 2014 at 7:50am

I use some Reli on strips from WalMart for those test times to just see how I am doing. My endo likes them too and there is only a one point difference between my contour next link meter and the one from WalMart. You can get a box of 50 for $9.00 I test a lot and I run through the strips. My rx is for 250 a month plus what I use from WalMart. Testing seems to be the only way to get control. I have been diagnosed T1 for a year now.


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