Hi, Eljay - Welcome!
I'm due for Medicare next spring and look forward to help with the cost of meds and supplies. As suggested, check local pharmacies for deals on glucose monitors - there's often a get free when buying strips, or a 99% rebate, or other attractive deal. It's really worth it to check your sugar numbers daily and log your results so the docs will know how you are progressing with current meds.
Yes, Lois - managing a diet that will accommodate both my ostomy and my diabetes is quite a challenge! My ostomy wants pasta and rolls, my diabetes wants meat and veg. Sooo... I stick with the sugar free breads, including great Rye bread, and my diabetes wins with the meat, veg, salad regime. I've been thinking about adding a fiber supplement for bulk, instead of the breads, but haven't yet. Weight is creeping back so I know I must cut those calories/carbs even (especially?) in all the sugar free products now on the market... i.e. York Peppermint.
I'm blessed that my colostomy is very low, sigmoid, and has not made a major difference in digestion, output consistancy, or regularity. It's the constant concern about food blockages that mandate both extra fibre and low residue foods ... impossible opposites! After 6 months of adjusting to the colostomy, I'm about to the stage that says ostomy is doing fine, take care of sugar numbers and weight. If/when that changes I can adapt.
Glad you have access to a gluco-meter! Let us know how you are doing. HUGE congrats! on the weight loss! It really is doable, we just have to think and get off automatic pilot. Martha