I understand your frustrations. Just look at my list of troubles below that I've developed just over the last six years. The thyroid and pre-diabetes is brand new, though.
On the days I was told I had developed each one of them, I went through a blue phase of "why me, Lord". I've come to grips with each one of them slowly and made adjustments with my life.
The pre-diabetes I'm still adjusting to, but I've been making baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle for that. Lean meats, more veggies, limiting snacks, and being more active.
I hope you can get your insurance to do the right thing for you. Walmart does make a cheaper tester ($12) and testing strips ($18 for 50). My doctor has not told me to start testing yet or made me get a monitor, but I chose to get one on my own years ago when my mother developed type 2 and she suggested me to do it as a preventative.
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!