No Insurance, No Doctor, No Meds/Insulin - In trouble!

By kimod1013 Latest Reply 2011-04-01 00:26:13 -0500
Started 2011-03-29 01:22:53 -0500

I was diagnoised with Type 2 in 2001. I was on 12 meds and insulin by 2006. I weighed 250 pounds. I decided one day to get off all meds and joined Jenny Craig that day. I lost 60 pounds and was still not checking BS. I felt better but not eating totally correctly. Then in 2007 my doctor that I wasn't seeing went out of business. I asked him to transfer my medical files to another doctor and later found out that my files are lost. My husband is self employed and our income barely covers basics. I have no doctor, no insurance and no money to purchase meds at this point. It's been 4 years since I have been seen by a doctor. I wasn't feeling good at all last week and I thought it was due to fibromyalgia. Then for some reason I checked my blood sugar and it was 600. I started drinking lots of water and rested in bed for 5 days. I ate as healthy as I could and my BS has gone down into the 300's.
Any suggestions on what to do when your numbers get that high?
Any suggestions on getting meds at a lower cost?
I am so no longer in denial. My feet feel like pins and needles daily. My eye sight is blurred at times. I'm exhausted from not sleeping at night. I'm up 4-5 times a night in the vicious cycle of going to the bathroom and then getting a drink. I know everyone knows the drill. I just need someone to talk to that understands. Thanks for your comments!

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kimod1013 2011-03-31 01:00:25 -0500 Report

Thanks to each and everyone of you! I have a doctor appt. April 12th at the community clinic in town! It's a step in the right direction to getting back on track. Started eating low glycemic foods. Have been taking cinnamon capsules twice a day (1000 each) My BS before bedtime tonight was 318. It's coming down at least! LOTS to read and learn and absorb!

gensanchez309 2011-03-30 18:16:55 -0500 Report

I am a newbie diagnosed diabetic also since Jan 2011 and I am in the same boat. My husband and I both lost our jobs due to budget cuts and my husband lost our insurance so now I ask myself what am I going to do. I can afford some mediction and others I go with out.

tomecom 2011-03-30 08:08:13 -0500 Report

Kimod: You situation is very dire. The only help that I can offer is the following. If you can find a way to afford one doctor visit to obtain a prescription for Metformin, you can get 90 days supply for only $10 at most pharmacies.

go to and download the free program Diabetes Primer. It has a glycemic index table in it that you should use to plan every meal. Eat only low glycemic index foods.

Because of your very high blood sugars, and inflammation, you are very likely deficient in up to 10 vitzamins and minerals. The vast majority of diabetics are deficient. The deficiency causes deficiencies in amino acids, which results in the loss of weight control, and diabetes control. You must take a good quality multivitamin every day. It cannot be a cheapo synthetic vitamin. My multivitamin costs under $20 per month, and is derived from organic foods.

Make certain that you are properly hydrated. You have to use 1/8 tsp of sea salt in a glass of water at least once each day to help your body rehydrate. High blood sugars cause dehydratuin, which causes irregular blood sugars.

You need to eliminate all excess weight to reduce insulin resistance. There is a free program on CNET called the Desperation Diet that is designed for diabetics that struggle with weight loss.

Exercise will help reduce insulin resistance, and it will restore damaged blood vessels caused by high blood sugars.

The tingling in your feet is neuropathy. It is a very dangerous, and progressive condition. The pain and tingling is the dying off of nerves. You can stop the progression and the tingling or pain by taking 100 to 600 mg, as needed, each day of alpha lipoic acid. You can buy it at any vitamin store.

email me at small and I will forward a copy of a glycemic index table, a meal planner for low glycemic index foods, and a spreadsheet that will help you track the amount of each primary vitamin and mineral that you consume each day. The spreadsheet will help you track what you eat each day to get 100% of the daily requirement of the vitamins and minerals. It is the hard way to do it, but it is free.

coolguyfor239 2011-03-29 23:26:37 -0500 Report

hi, i am 25 years old and i just found out 2 weeks ago that i have type 2. and from what i just read it sounds like you were having the same symtoms. for a whole week i was waking up every 2 hours at night to go to the bath room and then drink a whole bottle of water. and i had lost 21 pounds in a week. so i went to a doc just for a check up (cost 100 bucks) and he asked if i was diabetic. of coarse i said not that i know of. and sure enough by bs was at 463. i hated waking up every few hours having to get a drink and having that dry mouth. So the same day the doc prescribe me Glipizide which helps your body make more insulin so you can turn that sugar into energy. And that very night i did not have that dry mouth and i was able to get a full nights rest.

kimod1013 2011-03-30 00:31:52 -0500 Report

I am so sorry you were diagnoised at such a young age. I'm so glad you are sleeping through the night now that your blood sugar is getting stable. I thank you for letting me know there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Kirla 2011-03-29 21:20:26 -0500 Report

When diagnosed I felt fine. Then when my numbers dropped a lot my feet started to hurt all the time. Sometimes they felt like someone was sticking needles in my feet. Had several months of what I call the stabbing pains in my feet. After several months of good blood sugar control my feet started to feel better. At least they don’t hurt anymore. They still have the numb and tingling feelings most of the time but the pain has pretty much gone away.

After being diagnosed I decided to eat low carb and made lots of changes to what and how I ate. This is what I believe has helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

kimod1013 2011-03-30 00:27:37 -0500 Report

WOW, Kevin! Thank you so much for all the information. I am overwhelmed. Did you just start doing all this cold turkey or gradually change your lifestyle? My husband is ready to totally get on board so that at least will help me not have to cook two different ways. I love your blog. I want to spend a whole day learning from you. You truly are a blessing. Again thank you!

Kirla 2011-03-31 18:06:22 -0500 Report

At first I tried to cut back on most of the foods I was eating but after a few weeks I found that most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving all spiked my blood sugar. Kind of went cold turkey after that. There aren’t a lot of choices when looking for foods that have less than 5-6 net carbs per serving. It took awhile but now I make most of the foods I eat myself. Most of the recipes I use, I posted on my blog. Everything I eat and do to control my blood sugar is written there. I haven’t posted anything new in a while except for some recipes. Need to find some time to write some stuff.

Me and my wife eat different most days. I cook my food and she cooks hers. Works pretty good.

Thank you

nanaellen 2011-03-29 09:55:17 -0500 Report

I sssooooo know that feeling!! I have no Med. Ins. either and went without meds for a month or so. Gabby said exactly the right thing!! Go to the hospital ER when your BS is that high!! They will give you whatever meds you need to get back on track and then ask to speak to a patient advocate! They helped pay for my insulin the day I got out of the hospital AND gave me info on where to go for free supplies. You can also go the the manufacture's site to see if you qualify for free insulin from them! It took a month for me to receive it but they send me a 3 month supply and I'm covered for a year!! Hope this helps!! Much luck to you!!

kimod1013 2011-03-29 10:16:29 -0500 Report

I hope it never gets that high again. I felt really sick and knew something wasn't right. My skin was hyper sensitive and it hurt to put a sheet on. My whole body ached with pain. I was sooo tired. Major Headache for days. It was scary. I will definetly go to the ER if it ever happens again. Thanks so much for your suggestions. I am on my way to getting this under control!

nanaellen 2011-03-29 17:40:35 -0500 Report

Don't get me wrong I'm FAR from getting my own numbers down too!! Mine have been averaging between 225-389 lately and only cause I got some help!! They used to be as high as 497 @ times! So it IS getting better just not as soon as I'd like!! LOL And as high as your's got your looking @ stroke material as my Dr. would say!! This site has many many GOOD GOOD people that have great suggestions! Please stay in touch cause believe me we've all been there!! And some like me still haven't gotten control YET but being HERE helps a LOT!!! Wishing you the best!! Ellen :)

pkwillhoite 2011-03-29 12:33:51 -0500 Report

I hope and pray it never gets that high again and if it does I really hope you go to the er… That is really scarey…

GabbyPA 2011-03-29 07:53:41 -0500 Report

600 means go to the hospital. Let them get your numbers down so you can do the rest. Exercise and water are good friends, but when numbers are that high, the only thing that will help quick enough is the hospital. You should not exercise if you are over 300 or under 100.

As for the meds, there are many of them that are offered free at grocery store pharmacies. I get my metformin for free from Publix. There are many chains that offer glipizide and lisinopril for free as well, so find out if they are doing that in your local area.

I go to a clinic that charges based on my income. There I pay only $5 for a lab and $10 for a doctor visit. They also have meds available at lower prices, but I don't use that service.

I get my (not free) meds from my grocery store pharmacy with a program they offer where I get 3 months for $10 each. That is a huge help for me.

pkwillhoite 2011-03-29 12:35:54 -0500 Report

Wal Mart has a list of meds that are not that expensive I get mine from there and pay 10 for 3 month supply. Then I went and applied for help from the Social Services…

kimod1013 2011-03-29 10:11:46 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
Now I know if my BS goes to that number again to go to the hospital! There is a program at Walmart and HEB I believe that does discounted meds. I'll go get a list from both and when I get into see a doctor I will give him the list to choose from. That would help immensely! Thank you so much for your knowledge!

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