I feel ashamed & very sad!!

ilovelife82
By ilovelife82 Latest Reply 2011-06-17 19:52:51 -0500
Started 2011-06-12 20:15:36 -0500

I really need to see a doctor because even though I've been able to lose so much weight, I've been unable to take any medication or see the doctor because I've heard that there are threats to cut some funding from both Medicaid & Medicare. Still I can't let that stop me from recieving adequate healthcare- but what am I going to do? For the first time I feel like I'm stuck: I've procrastinated for too long and I can't do that anymore!! I feel ashamed because I've jeopardized my health for so long by not visiting a doctor like I should and I'm very sad because I've been w/o meds for a while- try 6 months!! I'm getting very scared and deeply sad because I'm only 29 years old and I've had Type 2 diabetes ever since 1995- my mother had it and therefore it became hereditary. I have also had the misfortune of developing a really bad eating habit for so long that consisted of fattening processed foods- my fiance says that healthy foods, like veggies, salads and fruits, are getting very expensive and that I shouldn't waste my money on that and instead rely on processed foods like Ramen Noodles and canned soups. But what he needs to realize is that those particular foods have a lot of hidden salt/sodium in it- I have both diabetes and hypertension, but he's very lucky not to have those chronic conditions!! I've lost a considerable amount of weight but I would still need to see the doctor for my medical needs. The worse part is that I haven't had a blood glucose machine in a while and right now I'm getting worried!! I would really appreciate all the support that my DC family can be able to give to me- thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you have a blessed day-ilovelife82


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Copperchef
Copperchef 2011-06-17 19:52:51 -0500 Report

Education is the best thing you can do for your fiance. Maybe you can find a free health department class on diabetes in your community. Have him attend with you. Sometimes a little revelation can work wonders.
Look on line also for free equipment and testing supplies. Many manufacturers have offers for all kinds of things. Gotta keep your eyes peeled.

rentintin
rentintin 2011-06-16 11:56:07 -0500 Report

There are many blood glucose machines that have give aways often so all you would have to do is get your strips. check with your pharmacy and they can tell you when the next giveaway is. They do this so you will buy their strips.

TrueBeliever
TrueBeliever 2011-06-16 05:45:05 -0500 Report

For starters I haven't heard anything you have to be ashamed of. If your fiance will not let you eat healthy food then you really should re-think your choice of a spouse! If anyone else was trying to feed you poison would you be thinking about marrying them? If you plan to marry someone they should be supportive of you and your health conditions. I just can't imagine my husband telling me not to eat food that will extend my life. Somebody who really loves you should want you to live as long as possible so they can spend those years with you. Now, before you marry him, is a good time to find this out and see if it's a problem he can/will change. If not, kick him to the curb.

There is so much good information on here! If you're worried about something beng taken away USE IT NOW while you still can. If it ever really is going to be taken away, worry about it then! We have enough problems today, let's not worry about tomorrow's problems. We can pray about those when tomorrow get's here.

Don't you be ashamed! Be proud of how far you've come so far! Get yourself healthy!

jladytiger1979
jladytiger1979 2011-06-15 11:52:32 -0500 Report

I work in a doctors office (not endocrinologist unfortunately). Maybe you could contact a local dr or the one you've been seeing to assist you in paying what you can or working out payments. Also, I'm not sure where you are but here due to large medical bills and no insurance, fee for service clinics have popped up and are very reasonable. Also, contact your local hospital or go online if possible to locate local charities or even diabetic groups that may be able to assist you! Hope things get better for you! Keep up the good work with your weightloss!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-14 09:53:36 -0500 Report

We have one farmer in the area that allows people to glean the fields, as in get they stuff they missed. He also has a pay as you can pile of stuff. Stuff that may have a worm hole in it, or a day or 2 old. He also does a work for fruits & vegetables. all of these are on an as available basis, but a great program. He sells to upper end restaurants and has no roadside stands

neisey
neisey 2011-06-14 09:30:04 -0500 Report

Hello, let me first say congratulations on your successfull weight loss. As an obese woman i know how hard it can be to shed those pounds, pat yourself on the back sweetie cause you did it. You must see a doctor, i understand about the insurance and all but where i live we have what is called a sliding fee scale. Not sure if they have this where you are as i don't know what state you are in. Sliding fee scale allows the patient to show proof of their income and then you only pay a percentage of your bill according to your income. We qualified and recieved 90% off, yes we only paid 10% of our medical bills at the clinic, it does not include any hospital visits or surgerys or specialist. Then we would go to Wal Mart and get our prescriptions for just $4.00 each, atleast the ones that had a generic brand but they can not make a generic brand on any medicine until it has been on the market for 4 years. Maybe you can look into it and see if they offer the sliding fee scale at any of the clinics in your area, i would think all states would have this, atleast they should. My husband and our family qualify for MA right now, we got very lucky or should i say we were blessed. However his income was increased due to a pay raise and now i looked on line to see what the limit was and we are about $50 over the limit, so they will soon be taking away our MA. I take alot of prescriptions ad i am on oxygen plus due to have open heart surgery in August. How i will manage all of this with no insurance is beyond me. So i am gonna tell you the same thing i tell myself. Let go and let God. If you give Him all your worries and concerns He will provide your needs for you. I believe this with all of my heart, He has yet to let me down as He always comes through, sometimes a little late but He comes through. I wish you the very best sweetheart and i will say a prayer for you. Have a blessed day and try not to worry.

crosslady2010
crosslady2010 2011-06-14 01:43:04 -0500 Report

Honey you are not stuck… If I read this correctly, You have had diabetes since you were 13 years old! You have already been living with this for 16 years! You are here on purpose! Yes…Yes…Yes you need to get to a doctor. Whether it is a private GP or a clinic… You have to get back on your Meds! Are… Were you on meds for hypertension and diabetes? Regardless, once you see the doctor you will have a starting point. Amy Tenderich. on this site has a great article… Paying for Your Diabetes… As far as your fiance or anyone that says it is ok to eat that junk…that is right it is poison to those of us with Diabetes and Hypertension! You have to stand your ground firmly! Just tell them you choose to eat healthy… The cost of everything including our food is going up. One thing I did was start a garden! As of today, I have one thing in my garden. Tomatoes! LOL!!! I have no idea what I am doing! Even though,I come from a long line of farmers I just never got into farming. LOL!!!! But one thing is for sure, I love a fresh tomato! Another thing is for sure, I refuse to pay almost $3.00 for one tomato! The point is… just start!!! The internet is a wonderful tool to find out how to do just about anything!!! Use that resource OK!!!! Congratulations on all your weight lose… that is a big thing with diabetes. You keep up the good fight! God Love You, Naomi

Louri
Louri 2011-06-13 20:30:21 -0500 Report

healthy foods are more expensive, but it you factor in the "junk" you won't be buying, the cost of everyday things like tylenol, stomach remedies, money eating out or driving thru. . . we have saved a lot in the month we have been working on it!

Cheryl*G
Cheryl*G 2011-06-13 15:54:43 -0500 Report

Try calling foundationdiabetic at 1-888-482-3911 and see what they can help you with. Also you can google free prescriptions or help with prescriptions and that should help you find what you need. There may also be listings in your area for free to low cost health clinics you could go to. You need to test to see how your sugar is doing without the meds. There are several offers for free glucose meters online.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-16 04:26:48 -0500 Report

I just received my free meter. It came with 10 test strips and 10 lancets. It also came with a discount card that helps pay on the balance after ins. I only had to pay 15$ for 100 refill test strips. There are a lot of companies that are offering free meters. I found mine on line by just googeling for Free Meter for Diabetes. Good luck I hope this helps.

Narg
Narg 2011-06-13 13:59:02 -0500 Report

Along with all the good suggestions here, please do NOT worry about Medicaid & Medicare. The politicians LOVE to use these as a weapon against each other by causing worry and concern among their voters. Sure there are issues at hand, but they are not near the level of problem that these guys want to make you think.

Basically Medicare & Medicade will be among the last things to be damaged by poor politics. Why? Because the vast majority of voters are on these plans, and the politicans know that. So they won't damage their reputation by cause more harm than needed.

Plus, keep in mind that these services are stil active! So, for goodness sake don't stop your medications for any reason. And poor health by eating wrong is no way to save money. Even food stamps provides enough to eat right.

Good luck and keep up the great work on your weight! :)

mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-06-13 13:56:43 -0500 Report

Alot of doctors today have free sample meds for their patients. Some even have diabetic supplies for free. You should check with your doctor and see what they have. You will probably need to make an appointment. It sounds like you know what to do, but just don't have the support you need. Take control of it yourself. You know what to do so do it. We all need to take control of our own lives from time to time and no matter how hard it is, we still need to do it. Also check and see if there are any "free" clinics in your area. Here in southeast Ohio we have a clinic thru Ohio University's School of Medince. Hope this helps, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2011-06-13 07:53:19 -0500 Report

I just received a free Bayer Contour meter in the mail the other day. I got a postcard in the mail offering it to me and so I took it. Now I have two meters, one for my purse and one for home. Lots of the drug companies will provide you with free meds if you apply to them. Just do a google search and that should come up with something to at least get you started.

eristar
eristar 2011-06-13 07:02:24 -0500 Report

I also agree with dietcherry…and just fyi, FreeStyle also offers a free meter with 10 test strips, plus a significant savings on test strip co-pay if you have insurance. All you need to do is sign up, which is free. I hope very much that you will be able to get back on the health band-wagon; please let us know how you are doing! Hugs to you…Erica

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-06-13 02:00:37 -0500 Report

Howdy Aldora!

I would START with getting a glucometer. Right now you are "flying blind". You don't know how you're doing with your diabetes ("DM") without getting your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s"). Who knows, you MIGHT even be able to control your DM without meds. But I would buy a inexpensive meter from someplace like Wal-Mart as their test strips are not as expensive over the long haul as the strips for those "free" meters are. Over time you pay for those meters many times over through the cost of the strips.

Yes, foods are expensive, but BASIC foods are STILL the best way to go. Processed foods are not inexpensive either. One uses those foods and you pay for the processing, in one way ($) or another (health), sometimes both ways!

I like to use frozen foods to cut down on spoilage as I am only cooking for 1. Your situation may call for different tactics of home economy. But the foods which have no packaging are best and least expensive IMO.

Have you looked into free or sliding scale medical clinics? Check with your county health department for suggestions as to what you can do.

I know what it is like having a bad eating habit. I did that too. But I believe that with a little effort you can change it as I did.

I am praying for you to get back in the saddle and get your DM under better control, soon.

James

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-12 21:11:52 -0500 Report

I agree with Dietcherry I just received a free ultra one touch slim free just this past week. I printed the out coupon my Dr. wrote a script. Totally free . So please call your Dr. Please also keep us posted and your in my prayers.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-12 21:10:00 -0500 Report

I agree with dietcherry I just a free ultra one touch slim free just this past week. I printed the out coupon my dr wrote a script. Totally free . So please call your dr. Please also keep us posted and your in my prayers.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-12 20:55:50 -0500 Report

This makes me so sad! What meds are you doing without? All of the meter companies offer free meters and usually a starter of 10 or 25 strips; if you visit their websites you can apply-its a start anyway! Is there not a clinic near you that is based on income? Healthy fare is normally more expensive than the processed stuff but there is a way to eat healthy on a budget! I'll be waiting for your reply!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-12 20:48:56 -0500 Report

Go to the Doc's and see where your at dont wate so long as to hurt your self
If you live you may be able to pay the bills if you die ????
It's your life what is it worth to you ?
Best wishes
Harlen