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brianperdue
By brianperdue Latest Reply 2011-04-12 10:57:53 -0500
Started 2011-04-11 00:29:12 -0500

can so help me on this type 2 diabites i new and i don't even have a dr b/c i don;t have the money for one so if there is any ideas that i can do please help me thanks


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tyegin
tyegin 2011-04-12 10:57:53 -0500 Report

Hi, Brian. I was also new and although I have a job the prescription insurance is just a discount and I was so upset to find out it would cost me over $400 a month for my insulin. this was not counting strips, or any other supplies. First, relax. Second make a choice to change your life today. I decided to get my health in order and get off so much insulin. I found out in October and today i only take one shot a day. My three month test results October 12 were 13.9 and last month were 5.8 so exercise and a much better diet has helped very much. My personal goal is to be off medicine within five years. I still make mistakes,but I will never let my health become second on my list ever again. Use this site and the people you meet to become healthy. Do not worry. There are patient assistance programs available. Walmart has the pills for $4 and the nova log shots are $26. the cheapest test meter is Truetrack and the quality is great. The strips cost $26 for 50. I found a way to get my supplies with the lest bit of headache.You can gain control of yourself with knowledge and definitely go to your local health dept. They can help with so much. Good luck.

squog master
squog master 2011-04-11 22:56:49 -0500 Report

You've gotten a lot of good advice so far from the DC family so I'm just going to say welcome to the nieghborhood.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2011-04-11 22:35:31 -0500 Report

Hello Brian and welcome.
Check withe your local health department, or library. My library has a buliten board listing services, discounts on drugs, and classes. Many times there are special programs the health department can set you up with. Department of economic services, or welfare offices list many srevices. Check also with the local hospitals, sometimes they have classes.
Good luck and God bless
Guardian stone

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2011-04-11 22:26:20 -0500 Report

Hello Brian and welcome.
Check withe your local health department, or library. My library has a buliten board listing services, discounts on drugs, and classes. Many times there are special programs the health department can set you up with. Department of economic services, or welfare offices list many srevices. Check also with the local hospitals, sometimes they have classes.
Good luck and God bless
Guardian stone

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-04-11 14:06:24 -0500 Report

I agree with Ginny 100% about finding a class. Not just a one day class, but a class that will take time to teach you not just what to do, but WHY to do it. I have notes from the class I took that I shared with the community, I hope they will help.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=tcoyd+class&by=relevancy
There are 7 classes that I shared here.

I also learned a lot here by just joining in on the discussions. I asked a lot of questions and I still have them and post them here. There are many people here who are very helpful and will guide you along.

Welcome to the family. I hope you enjoy it.

sam1376
sam1376 2011-04-11 07:34:26 -0500 Report

I think you should buy a glucometer and start monitoring you blood sugar number and stay on diet and eat according to your number but that's a solution for a day or two until you see a doctor. Even if you have $100 in your pocket, your health is more important than the money. It is easier with type 2 if you go on pills it's only $4 at wal mart and free at publix super market if you live in Florida and the health department is free as well, but the first step is u see a doctor and take your prescription

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-04-11 05:28:09 -0500 Report

First of all, welcome to our website. The requests for medical and financial help is a common one and I recently shared the discussion that I am linking here, hoping you may find guidance from one or more sources:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10...

There are other resource links so check the discussions page and there is a search box. Try various key words that relate such as "insurance," "assistance" and "help" to check out what others have asked and answered in past discussions.

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2011-04-11 01:15:38 -0500 Report

Hi Brian.

Welcome. My first reply went off into cyber space so this has to be shorter. On the left side of this page there is a list of places to go on this site to get started with all you have to learn. Check out the Health Center, Living with Diabetes, Find solutions and Products.

This is another site someone linked to in another post that looks good:
http://www.mendosa.com/

There is a lot of information to absorb. This is a helpful community but not many night owls. If you can add more information to your request, it will help the early birds target some solutions. You have no DR, how were you diagnosed. Do you need medication? A Glucometer?

As an RN, I strongly believe new diabetics need a good class - one that goes for several weeks, probably just one or two evenings a week. There is a lot to learn, get used to, reorganize your life to do, etc. But it happens. Just like learning anything new.

I also encourage people who have just gotten this overwhelming diagnosis to try journaling. You just need paper, use a binder or a pad if you like. Write down your feelings, reactions, thoughts. Initially there is a lot of fear and anxiety. Getting those thoughts on paper helps your mind focus on reality more. You can start putting down what it is you need to know more about, diet? medication? Develop some goals and action plans, follow thru and keep setting new goals.

Diabetes is a serious and difficult disease. But it can be controlled, often more easily than some other diseases. We know a lot about it and are learning more all the time. It's a challenge.

Go for it!

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2011-04-11 00:57:25 -0500 Report

Hi Brian.

Welcome. Newly diagnosed without a Dr is a tough spot. There was a link to this site: http://www.mendosa.com/ in one of the other posts and it does look like a good one. On the upper left side of this page you should see the list of places to go here. Try Living with Diabetes for a start.

That should be a good beginning. This is not a night owl site so check back tomorrow and you will likely have a lot more suggestions. As an RN I really think new diabetics need good classes for some time. There is a lot of information and a lot of changing your thinking and habits to get comfortable with. Check around your town and see if there are any classes you could get into. If you don't have a glucometer, some companies do give them out - the strips are the problem.

In order for some other folks here to target solutions for your needs, add more to your comment about your situation. You don't have a doctor, how were you diagnosed? Do you need to be on drugs or just diet for now? How much information do you have? There are a lot of good places on the web to get information. Understanding it all is overwhelming.

The diagnosis is usually a huge milestone for anyone. I strongly encourage people to use journaling to help process all the emotions. Just take some paper, use a note book or wire bound pad, and start writing about how you feel. Fear is inevitably a big part of the reaction. Getting all the negative feelings and anxiety on paper helps your mind take over from the emotions and start to analyze what the reality is. You need to change your diet, probably exercise more, take medication if needed, pay attention to certain things (your feet, vision), check your blood sugar and record it regularly when you have a glucometer and strips, and see a doctor more often.

Diabetes is a serious and challenging illness. But it can be controlled more easily than many others. It just takes time to learn enough and make the changes until you have new habits to keep yourself healthy.

Go for it !

susiemaeemily
susiemaeemily 2011-04-11 19:43:39 -0500 Report

You have been given some great information, But I think you should consider going back to where you were diagnosed for medical assistance. There may be a Social Worker who could get you started with the medicaid process.

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-04-11 21:51:00 -0500 Report

If he can get on medicaid, then they will pay for diabetic classes. When I lived in OK and was first diagnosed, I was helped with getting medicaid. It also paid for the doctor visit, diagnoses, nutritionist, and a diabetic nurse to help me learn and use medication and how to use insulin. I hope that you will be eligible Brian, to get some assistance to get going on the right path. Good luck.

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