Diabetes Out of Control!

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MAGGAR
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/12/2010 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone! I'm new to HealingWell.com and was so happy to see the array of topics that are under discussion every day. I have to say I'm a bit embarrassed but here goes. I was diagnosed w/ Type II diabetes about 10 years ago. Blood sugar is in the 300's - which is "normal" for me and my doctor adjusted my meds including oral and insulin to help control it. about 6 months ago, I had to stop taking all of my meds - high blood pressure, cholesterol and of course diabetes. This was due to being unemployed and not being able to afford it. I've been feeling "sick" now and then and have tried to just adjust my diet, exercise more (for my diabetes), try to relax (for my hypertension). I was also on zoloft and have been experiencing deep depression more often. Sometimes I feel like every thing is so big and too challenging that I find I have difficulty getting through each day. Sounds pathetic and I don't know what I can do. As I said, I have no medical insurance and no job. I feel sometimes that I'm at the end of my rope. Anyway, I know there are so many others who have more challenges than I do so to you, remember that things are always changing, they're never the same, so don't lose hope and live each day knowing that tomorrow will be a better day. Thanks for listening rolleyes

ceebee
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   Posted 5/12/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)
 
Is there a free clinic near you? My cousin lost her insurance and went to the free clinic. They arranged for the drug companies to send her meds there for her to pick up free. Most drug companies will give you the meds free if you have no insurance and low income. If no free clinic, call and talk to your dictor and see if they will arrange the free meds for you. The meds you are on are critical to your health. take care:)

Joan123
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   Posted 5/13/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
You may also want to contact the drug companies directly as most have assistance programs for drugs or offer free drugs in certain circumstances.
Joan
 
History of Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease and Thyroid cancer.  Treated with surgeries and RAI.
Type II Diabetes diagnosed April 2010
Meds:  Lantus, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Lisinipril w HCZ, and Lasix.
 


LanieG
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   Posted 5/13/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Maggar, Joan and Ceebee are right.  There are agencies which can help you but you need to contact them.  In the meantime, it's good that you are trying to help yourself.  Start with your diet.  Don't eat the heavy carbs and your blood sugar will naturally come down.  Please read through our threads here including the stickies at the top of Diabetes by TVEditor and the general one with information about blood sugar.  Best of luck.
Lanie
 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


MAGGAR
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   Posted 5/13/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My heartfelt thanks to all who replied. I know it is about time I started really exploring other options. I did start to look to the drug companies but because I couldn't see my doctor to do the blood work I didn't have her backing. Its a long story but a catch 22 type of situation. It has been a very long time since I felt any kind of support from anyone. Thank you.

Joan123
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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Perhaps if you contact the drug companies and ask about the programs then they will tell you what kind of documentation you need. Once you know, maybe a phone call to your doctor requesting the documentation will surfice and maybe your doctor will give you it based on past results and data. It is worth a try anyway.
Joan
 
History of Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease and Thyroid cancer.  Treated with surgeries and RAI.
Type II Diabetes diagnosed April 2010
Meds:  Lantus, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Lisinipril w HCZ, and Lasix.
 


Sherrine
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   Posted 5/16/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
MAGGAR, here are a couple of sites that might help you get your much needed medications.  Hope this helps. 
 
 
 
Sherrine
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MAGGAR
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   Posted 5/17/2010 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your help. I have never found a forum that was so caring and helpful. I appreciate each and everyone who took the time to share their knowledge of this subject and the great information. I have started filling out forms for the help with meds and it will just be a matter of time before I may be able to start back on them - I hope!

Lou95
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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know where you live, but my Publix Pharmacy fills my prescription for Metformin for free.  If you have a Publix in your area, I would ask the pharmacist about their program for diabetics.  I think that CVS pharmacy also has a diabetes program.  Publix also has a number of free antibiotics if you have a prescription.
Age/Sex:  52 & female
Diagnosed:  2005 pancolitis
Medications:  800 mg. Asacol twice a day - in remission; Two 1200 mg. fish oil supplement nightly.   Effexor-XR 150 mg. daily
 

Marburg
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 8/2/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Maggar,

Are you in the US? If so, most states have free or low cost clinics. You might also look for a Nurse practioner who can perform blood work and write prescriptions. Another thought, a friend of mine is in a similar situation. She sees a Nurse Practioner and gets her blood work done at one the health clinics run by some drug stores and grocery stores. In my state some HEB, Kroger, and Walgreens stores can do this for little cost. You get the results and take them to the clinic.
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