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Dewnutt
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/5/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I am new here, thought that I would say hello. and maybe seek some advice.

As a long time diabetic, since age 19, Currently 43. Most of those years spent with out insurance. that being said I haven't been able to get all the medical care that I need. hence I am really starting to pay the price for that. neuropothy, kidney damage, heart damage etc. To make a long story shorter, I am trying to get a bit healthier. I know that there are resources out there that can help. I have tried to find all that I can here there seems to be not much available. I could give the big sob story. But I don't do the pity party thing just not me.

I make a decent wage, but with that I also pay out exorbitant child support. I am not in a position to have health insurance. I am at about my ropes end. make too much for any type of help, but not enough to get insurance. If I can answer any questions, if someone could point me in a direction I would be eternally in your debt.

Help please.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/6/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Dew,
Welcome to HealingWell. Are you a Type1 or Type2? What are your meds? What do you use for an exercise regimen? How is your nutrition knowledge? Do you understand your type of diabetes or have you had any training?

I am also without insurance so I know where you are coming from. Fill us in and everyone here will do their best to point you in the right directions. You have come to the right place for help. We have some awesome Type1's with lots of training and lots of Type2's who know their stuff so they will jump in here and help. Just gotta' be patient. Everybody's busy.

Oh, and when you have a question, post the main idea in your subject line so the right people will see it right away. And again, welcome.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/6/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Dew, welcome to the group! :-)
As Jeannie mentions, there are many folks on this board that can help point you in some good directions. You say you're looking for advice... can you be more specific? If you read back through the posts here, you may find the answers/advice to some of the same questions you may have.

I'm a Type1, living in Canada, newly diagnosed 2.5 years ago at 37 yrs old. I've been with and without insurance so, I'm familiar with the "making ends meet" scenario(s), too. Where are you located? There are folks from Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and places in between that might share your same local and offer more specific advice on Diabetes programs or insurance and such.

The best advice I can offer at the moment is...understand food and exercise. These are two key elements that will help you manage your blood sugars. The ultimate would be to get an appointment with a Dietician or Nutritionist to work with you and get you started with a plan. The more you can read and understand carbohydrates, proteins, and fats - the good/bad ones, the right portions and combinations, etc. - the more you will understand how best to control your blood sugars.

Let us know where you're at with your Diabetes and we'll help out as best we can :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Dewnutt
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/7/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the welcome.

Here's the poop, Insulin dependant since onset, Currently Lantis for daily, and humalog for quick acting. I work in IT, therefore not much time for excersize. ( ok I know I should be more proactive in that, just can't seem to make the time) I have not taken very good care of the diabetes, I think my last A1c was almost 10. I have some serious neuropothy going on in my lower legs, minor heart issues. I would love to see a dietician /nutritionist but that is just not in the cards now.

The advice that I am looking for at this point, would be to see if there are any programs or the like to assist with some of the costs on meds. Being cought in the middle here has not been easy. make too much for aid, but not enough to pay for the meds/supplies.

Thanks

Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/7/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Still don't know where you're from, Dew (US? UK? Canada? Etc.)

Here in Canada, what is offered (insurance-wise or social/public assistance-wise) to help with the cost of meds and/or supplies, differs from province to province. In many cases, these things are tax credits/write-offs but, again we're taxed provincially and federally so some apply in different areas. Here in Ontario, we have also have programs that help those in/(under) a certain income bracket - it's meeting criteria again.

Some of the manufacturers of supplies and devices have their own financial and assistance plans - i.e. an insulin pump is a good example.

My city's hospitals have a consolidated Diabetes Clinic, of which I am a patient of thru my Endo, where I've received all my insulin pens and many "samples" of insulin, needle tips, and other oral meds. Even my own GP provided me with my entire supply of oral meds when I didn't have insurance.

There is the private insurance option but you'd have to check that out based on what's available in your area.

You could try shopping on-line for supplies, people do it but, I never have so, I can't say anything there.

If you can't see a Dietician and you're maybe not up on the lastest things that people find work... try to surf through as much info you can get your hands on to understand the whole carbs to insulin to exercise ratios and how best to keep your sugars level. Try to eat balanced and regularly - I know it's hard in IT sometimes. The schedules can be brutal (been there, done that) :-) But, this is key with insulin regimens. At least for me it is.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


AMM
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 6/9/2007 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Check the thread called Partnership for Prescription Assistance. I bumped it so it is easier for you to find.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Dewnutt
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/9/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks All, Guess I should let you all know where I am from. Mid west USA. I had checked out the PPA thread. and had applied. though they do help quite a few people. they don't take into consideration the amount that one is left to live on AFTER paying out child support, they just take the gross amount. not fair, but such is life when you are stuck in the middle. I will however obviously check out everything that I can here. I greatly appreciate the information that you all are kind enough to share.


Dave

Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/9/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dave,
You really need to get your sugars down or you may lose your legs. That's what the neuropathy is the precursor to... If you could just get a walk in every day... walk away from your home for 10 minutes and then walk back. There! a 20 minute walk. This alone could really help your legs, neuropathy, insulin resistance and sugars. Also, you need to get a book about diabetes so you can learn all you can. In the mean time you could read back in the posts here so you will have some kind of idea about what others are doing to help themselves. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
==================
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Marburg
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 6/19/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

In addition to checking out the Partnership website, visit the Walmart website.  Walmart offers generics for as low as $4.00/prescription.  You can download their list and see if any of your meds are on it.

Marburg

Dewnutt said...
Thanks All, Guess I should let you all know where I am from. Mid west USA. I had checked out the PPA thread. and had applied. though they do help quite a few people. they don't take into consideration the amount that one is left to live on AFTER paying out child support, they just take the gross amount. not fair, but such is life when you are stuck in the middle. I will however obviously check out everything that I can here. I greatly appreciate the information that you all are kind enough to share.


Dave
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