I have a friend on Twitter who is a type 1 diabetic. We "met" by virtue of the fact that he is a friend in real life of one of my good real-life friends, with whom I communicate regularly on Twitter. He asked me a few questions about how I manage my son's diabetes and I learned, via the (non-public) discourse that followed, that he was extremely limited in his ability to manage his D due to financial constraints.
Like: he was allotted 1 test strip per day.
My jaw nearly hit the floor when I heard that. My second reaction was to send him Eric's spare meter — we'd recently had to change over due to the Medtronic upgrade — and the rather astonishing quantity of related strips I had hanging around, just so he had some additional testing supplies. He told me, several days after they arrived, that he'd never felt so good as he did after being able to test before each meal and dose accordingly.
This morning he mentioned he'd had a nasty low overnight. I said something about glucagon, and he said "Huh?"
No one, apparently, had told him that there exists a rapid-acting, potentially lifesaving "rescue kit" for catastrophic lows.
See why I want to scream?