What if I run out of my meds?

By thatheidigirl Latest Reply 2011-04-18 23:57:13 -0500
Started 2011-04-15 20:44:43 -0500

Hi. I'm a recently diagnosed diabetic. (March 2) After some initial medicine adjustments, I have my fasting blood glucose around 120 or 130. That's actually a huge improvement over the 400 something that got me diagnosed.

However, I understand I have a lot of work still to do. I am unfortunately out of work, and uninsured. I can't wait to get the paperwork straightened out so I can deal with a regular doctor (I actually went to a free clinic that mostly cares for homeless in our city for my diagnosis and initial meds)

But I'm about to run out (like tomorrow) and the clinic that I go to takes forever to process. I was stuck out of town with a broken-down car and I may not be able to get my meds till Monday or even Tuesday. That means I may be out of my meds for 1 or 2 days. Early on, without my meds, my gl was in the 200s and 300s seemingly regardless of what I ate or did.

My question is basically- should I freak out about missing a few days of meds? I'm guessing if I super control my sugar/starch intake for those few days, and walk a lot, I can crutch my way to Tuesday. Or am I missing something? Could I maybe get a local pharmacy to give me a few days of meds? I feel like I've heard of this happening. Maybe just wishful thinking…

Anyways, still struggling a bit with the diagnosis, so any other advice for newly diagnosed folks (especially with limited resources) would be appreciated.

3 replies

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-18 23:57:13 -0500 Report

I would immediately go the Emergency Ward of any hospital and tell them my sugar is high and I need Medication, show them my meds and see if they can give me something until I could get my medication from the clinic. Again try the County Hospitals if you cannot get help, they will take care of you. Next time order up your meds from the clinic before you run out, good luck and we are here to help.

Harlen 2011-04-15 21:55:56 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Depending on what meds your on you may be able to get them cheep at walmart some Shop & save have diabetic meds for 4.00 a month .
Give it a try ???
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-04-15 21:02:16 -0500 Report

Howdy Heidi (just guessing at your name from your screen name)

Don't freak out! It will only raise your blood glucose numbers ("BG#s")! But you can limp along controlling your carb intake, and exercise a lot, you might be able to keep the BG#s at bay.

There's been much discussion on DC about medication help for folks who have no insurance. I did a discussion search for "medication help" and this is what came up: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...

just briefly scanning the results, you SHOULD find some help there.

Welcome to DC, Heidi! Welcome to our world, our little "family".

Praying that you have no further problems

God's blessings to you and yours!


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