Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 2/20/2006 12:28:55 PM (GMT-7)
Jeannie -- Unfortunately, I can't blame insurance for my non-compliance -- can only blame myself. I retired last year and have health insurance as part of my retirement, thank goodness. I know what it's like to not have coverage. My BIL was unemployed for nearly a year several years ago when his kids were small. Many of their decisions were based around the lack of insurance. And my Dad retired on less than $400 in the 1970's (high inflation). He couldn't afford his medicines for his back pain.
I'm one of those folks that wish this country would have government health care like Canada and the UK -- I believe everyone should have access to health care. The rich could still have their private doctors, etc.
I've been rather lax in my eating and monitoring because it seemed that taking my meds, and giving up sodas, and most sugar allow me to have fairly good bs readings. In the last week or so things have changed dramatically, and I'm not sure what's causing it. For instance right now, my reading is 188. Morning reading was 138. Had coffee and a breakfast burrito at about 10 so I would expect that it would be much lower by this time. I'm going to take my readings regularly for the next two weeks and schedule an appointment with a diabetic counselor. It's been a year since I've seen anyone, so it's time to get going!!
Jeannie -- thanks so much for chatting with me and being here. It nice to have found a group who understands the ups and downs.
I was reading through your post again and it occurred to me that no one has told you about the meds you are taking. Metformin is one of those drugs that seems to have a definate lifespan. It is the drug usually prescribed for the first diagnosed diabetic. You are on a basic beginning dose and may need to have it increased. Aside from that as you move on with metformin and its effectiveness starts to wane, you usually have to add one or two other oral meds to it. It may be time to look into this for you. Discuss what is happening with your doc and he may put you on an additional med that will keep you in the normal range.
Let us know what happens after your appointment.