Thank you Rick! I am hoping to learn from all of you how to manage this disease, both mentally and physically. I think I am still in shock over my diagosis. I feel like I am on a rollar coaster ride that I can never get off!
Thanks for adding me, I really appreciate it :) Just having a hard time trying to get insulin ever since the law was passed last summer. It makes it so hard on people who don't have an endo or even a family doctor. I see an addiction specialist, but I can't get insulin from her! (I've been sober for 5 years now) She does have the staff draw my blood and run my A1c, and a few months ago it was at 5.2. I have no insurance, although I do have an application currently processing with HIP, pretty positive I will be approved. I don't work currently, although I live with my daughter and her father (we might as well be married - we just aren't lol). He has a really good job, but by the time you add up the cost of test strips and syringes out of pocket, and my other medications, there is little money left. I'm kind of stuck in the middle of almost having insurance, but not quite yet. That makes it hard. I am currently on Humulin-N , which I switched to last summer so that I would be able to buy some OTC if need be. Less than 30 days later, this law went into effect. I prefer Lantus or Levemir, but even with the prescription, they are very expensive insulins. If you know of anything, I'd appreciate it! I am looking forward to having insurance so much...the past few months I have been experiencing extreme lows around 5:00am every morning just about. I'm talking extreme as in 21 and that area. With my heart condition, it makes it very difficult for my heart to properly function during these extreme lows. I've tried adjusting by just one unit at a time, but even the slightest change seems to send my BS sky-high. I try to always eat before I go to bed, or eat if I wake up in the night, but the combination of having celiac disease and a very, very slow digestive system, I have a hard time remembering to eat because I am never hungry. Obviously, I have more than just the diabetes to deal with, and that's another reason I'm anxious for the insurance. I was on an insulin pump from the time I was 13 until age 19, but I lived in a very small mountain town that had a really poor healthcare system there. My pump failed one night when I was about 4 months along, and they immediately took me off the pump and put me back on shots. In some ways, I am grateful for that. It snapped me out of my habit of never checking my sugar and just giving a bolus everytime I ate. I now take the best care of my diabetes I ever have, but there are still bumps in the road, of course. My "story" islong and detail-oriented,so I apologize if I lost you. So, again, thank you for the friend request :)
thanks for the birthday wishes. i know this is belated, but i havent been on line in 8 months or so. for the last 3 months i have been on the Dexcom Sensor (CGM) i love it. although, i find myself checking my BG levels more frequently than necessary. but it has really helped me to see trends between my food and my reactions to it. i need insulin for everything. protein, coffee, Splenda...and, in the morning (before 10:30am) i need to add an extra unit for my insulin resistance. my D nutritionist encourages me to experiment and keep dilligent records (which i actually enjoy) and does not believe that chocolate is a no-no. for whatever crazy reason, i can bolus for chocolate much easier than for a 25 carb english muffin. D is one crazy, unpredictable disease!!!!!
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