Getting some kind of insurance for my health

lindylou002
By lindylou002 Latest Reply 2011-04-27 23:55:54 -0500
Started 2011-04-21 22:33:30 -0500

So I just had a baby almost 8 months ago and was on state medical insurance. I have been a diabetic for over 10 years, but when i became pregnant, the doctors put me on insulin. I had my lowest A1C results on the insulin. It was a 6 and doctors say that was still high. Since having the baby I am 21 lbs lighter than I was when I got pregnant and my A1C is now a 13.8. This is just taking a toll on me physicially and mentally. I have alot of anxiety about if I am going to be around to take care of my child. My uncle died from diabetes when he was 44. I am 26. Does anyone know of some kind of medical i can get?


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diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2011-04-27 07:39:11 -0500 Report

Private health insurance rates have skyrocketed almost as fast as gas prices this past year. I don't know of any cheap insurance solutions, unfortunately. However, it is possible to get by without insurance if you can find a Doctor that is willing to work with you on finding the most economic way to treat your diabetes. The first place you might want to look is for a local open door clinic that charges based on a sliding scale.

After you find a physician you are comfortable with, you can look into signing-up for one of the many patient assistance programs offered by the drug manufacturers. If your income is low enough, you can even qualify to receive free insulin. You will have to fill out a bit of paperwork, but it is well worth the effort. If you qualify, the drug company will send the insulin or other medication directly to your Doctor's office for you to pick up.

Your Doctor may already have information on these programs at their office, but if not you can usually request an application directly from the drug companies and submit the form through the mail or via fax. The information can usually be found buried somewhere on the company's website. Look for a link to something like "patient assistance" or "financial assistance". It is usually just a matter of paperwork after that.

BTW, if I had to take a guess at why your blood glucose levels have gone up so much recently, it is likely due to stress and lack of sleep. Babies are rarely very cooperative when it comes to letting you get enough sleep! Both physical and mental stress will raise your blood glucose levels as surely as table sugar will. Try to get as much rest as you can under the circumstances. It will definitely help.

lindylou002
lindylou002 2011-04-27 23:55:54 -0500 Report

Hey thanks for the info. The clinic I take my baby to has a receptionist that told me to wait until June bc some other hospital is taking the clinic over, but i guess if all else fails, i could drive the 30 mins to the next town to get to the "free" clinic. I went there when i became pregnant and they turned me down because i was "HIGH RISK" bc i am a diabetic. Plus it looked run down to me. But on the bright side, my baby is a good sleeper, so i have no problems there.

lindylou002
lindylou002 2011-04-25 22:15:12 -0500 Report

I do not have any kind of coverage to see a doctor. I tried getting my baby's doctor to write me a script for metformin bc i found out you can get it at walmart for $4. When I was on Insulin it created anxiety for me, i don't know why. I still get weird anxiety though…and i'm not on insulin. Not sure what the anxiety is from but I think alot about complications and death from diabetes. It's not healthy. I don't like it. How do you afford your prescriptions?

Least
Least 2011-04-24 22:42:39 -0500 Report

Hmmm, so it sounds like you were doing a lot better on the insulin than off of it. Are you seeing a doctor for your diabetes at all? Getting a prescription/routine of insulin going sounds like it would be great for you. I am a Type I, and I do not have much experience finding insurance or medical aid. I hope that works out for you! I'll let you know if I find out anything…

~Lauren

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