cant find no help

christie211
By christie211 Latest Reply 2011-08-12 10:10:46 -0500
Started 2011-08-09 22:52:48 -0500

IM SO MISERABLE,CANT GET ANY HELP IVE TRIED,DONT HAVE A METER TO CHECK MY BLOOD SUGAR,WHEN I SIGNED UP ON HERE HAD ONE PLACE CALL ME AND WHEN I TOLD THEM I DONT HAVE ANY INSURANCE THEY SAID THEY COULDNT HELP ME ,BUT WOULD CALL BACK LATER IN THE YEAR TO CHECK AND THEN MY MEDS HAD TO GO BACK TO THE ER JUST TO GET REFILL,TRIED EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY CANT GET NO HELP,SOCIAL SECURITY TURNED ME DOWN CAUSE I DID NOT INFORM THE ER THAT I HAVE A STUDDERING PROBLEM,DIDNT KNOW I HAVE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THINK ITS PRETTY OBVIOUS WHEN I TALK,WHAT CAN I DO?


27 replies

jladytiger1979
jladytiger1979 2011-08-12 10:10:46 -0500 Report

Very sorry for your situation. Since you don't mention what medication you may use I would suggest walmart (I get my Metformin here for really cheap & 3 mos at a time on their plan without insurance) Also, accucheck.com has an advantage card they offer through their co where you pay no more than $15 for your supplies. GOOD LUCK!!!

lilsista39
lilsista39 2011-08-11 13:22:36 -0500 Report

Hi Christie,
I just went through the very same thing not having insurance or a doctor of my own to listen to what I had to say about my health issues.Fortunately,It took me being in the hospital several times before I found a doctor I felt I could trust. For the meter,however their is luck and I hope this helps you as much as it did me they are called Diabetes Resource 2Hemingway Drive East Providence,RI 02915 .They set me up with a 3 month supply of everything and a new meter.i couldn't thank them enough.
They ask you a few short ?'s take as much time as needed to answer,I sure did I suffer from migraines and had a nasty one the day they called me plus all my brats were home bothering me as well.They will also send you a financial hardship form to fill out,all you do is sign it send it back and within 7 to 10 days everything you need is yours to keep.Again I hope you find this helpful.

gebar3
gebar3 2011-08-11 11:06:05 -0500 Report

Christie, if you can get a doctor to give you a prescription covering a year, with refills every 90 days stated on it, then go to any Walmart or sometimes a large grocery chain with a pharmacy and check out their $4.00 and $10 prescriptions. I know that at least Metformin is among the meds usually prescribed and is available at these prices. No insurance is needed for these meds at these prices. Check ALL outlets that offer these type savings. Always have the doctor prescribe GENERICS if available and workable. DO NOT JUST GET ANY "FREE" METER OFFERED !! These companies make big money by making you buy their high priced strips. And in some states you do not need a prescription for the strips so you can buy ANY meter and use ANY strips you can afford. The Walmart ReliOn meter is cheap, and if you have a Krogers, Bakers or Dillons grocery store they have their own brand cheap and have sales offering their brand of strips for as little as $15 for 50. And they work just as good as the $89 for 50 strips do. Also, look on the internet for diabetic supply companies as a lot of times they offer good buys. Stock up when you can on these items but make sure you dont overbuy and let them expire. Good luck and hope this all works out for you.

grandmaducky
grandmaducky 2011-08-10 18:58:39 -0500 Report

finding financial assistance
BAYER CORPORATION (ACARBOSE) 800-998-9180
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB(METFORMIN)800-437-0994)
ELI LILLY AND COMPANY (ALL INSULIN PREPARATIONS)800-545-6962
novo nordisk (insulin preparations) 800-727-6500
PFIZER(glipizide, glipizide extended release, chlorpropamibe
)800-438-1985
SANOFI-AVENTIS(GLYBURIDE,GLIMEPIRIDE, LANTUS)800-221-4025

I found this in a book i just bought i didn't call any of these numbers so i don't know if they are working number or anything about them but just thought you could try
hope this helps

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-10 15:43:42 -0500 Report

HI Christie,

I am so sorry to hear about what you are facing right now. To have this much difficulty in getting basic medical care is a tragedy. I see that you have received some really helpful information from other Diabetic Connect members. I hope that you are able to put it to good use.

As Cassandra pointed out, people with chronic conditions like diabetes often experience depression. Are you getting enough emotional support? You might want to check out support groups in your area that are focused on depression or chronic illness or diabetes. You might also want to see if you can get some counseling through your local mental health department. It could be really helpful to get some perspective on how you are feeling, maybe some support in dealing with the healthcare system.

I am glad you are part of Diabetic Connect and I hope you will stay in touch with us and keep us posted on how you are doing.

Gary

CassandraG
CassandraG 2011-08-10 13:10:53 -0500 Report

Christie,
Diabetes and depression go hand in hand for some people. I so know and fell your frustration with this as I had no insurance. Even with SSDI there are times I can not afford the co-pay of my part D even now. Diabetic Care Club called me and told me that have a hardship program to get you testing equipment and supplies, you just have to fill out a form and they will get you an answer as quick as possible. I wish I could tell you the wait time, but I just filled out the paperwork myself. If you are suffering from depression because of the trouble you are having you really need to seek out an MHMR in your area. Besides helping me with my depression, many medications for diabetes cause blood sugars to rise so they often do an A1c every six months, they also helped me with my SSDi application and I was approved the first time. I am not guaranteeing anything but it might be a good start.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-08-10 15:53:32 -0500 Report

Do you have a link or phone number for this that you can post for her?

grandmaducky
grandmaducky 2011-08-10 18:59:53 -0500 Report

i posted some numbers above

margokittycat
margokittycat 2011-08-10 11:42:45 -0500 Report

Dear Friend I am going to give you a couple of numbers for a couple of companies that make meters and have programs for free or low cost test strips. First one is Life Scan 1-800-227-8862. The next number is for the company that makes the FreeStyle meters their number is 1-888-522-5226. Another idea is call your local hospital and ask if they have a diabetic education center there. If they do get their phone number and call them, tey get medications, syringes, machines ect from all the manufacturers and their drug reps; a lot of times they will help people in the community that are in need of these items and they also know other programs that can help you.

Mas72
Mas72 2011-08-10 09:36:36 -0500 Report

You can also go to www.needymeds.org, on that website you can access the patient assistance forms for all pharmaceutical products currently marketed in the US. If you meet the requirements (different for each company) you can receive your mess for free…the catch for you will be finding a doctor to see you, as the mess need to be delivered to a physicians office.

Bella's Mom
Bella's Mom 2011-08-10 07:38:54 -0500 Report

You can get a ReliOn meter at Walmart for under $10. I recommend the Ultima model. Consumers Reports rates it very high. Diabetes is the most devastating disease you can have. It cannot be cured but can be well managed with a little effort. They also sell the test strips for a reasonable price.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-08-10 15:54:58 -0500 Report

I have this and it is great. I no longer have to search the internet for a deal on strips. It is nice and small also and fits better in my purse.

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-10 02:46:44 -0500 Report

I just wrore a article for NEWS ARTICLES on the side of this page scoll down and find it and I think it will help you. Please it tells were you can find state, federal. programs. prixate and community program all are there for you to choose from. these programs pay for medical, meds and much more. this is what you can do. If you can not afford inusrance this a site to help you. go to disabed site because if you have diabetes you are classified as disabled. type in your state and take the survey and it will tell you the programs you can receive.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-08-10 01:16:15 -0500 Report

Hi Christie! Just last month I was on here saying the exact same thing. I couldn't get a free meter from any companies that give free meters because I didn't have insurance. They want you to have insurance because you have to be able to get the test strips that the insurance will cover but if you have to buy them they can be quite expensive. I go to a volunteer clinic and they don't give meters either because they can't get the test strips. I had some wonderful friends that came forward and helped me to have a meter & lancets & test strips. You can get a very nice meter from walmart that is around 20.00 & the test strips are around 10.00 & the lancets are around 4.00 . It a ReliOn brand and is a really good meter and has affordable test strips as opposed to the free meters that they offer where the strips are too expensive. This is an area that so many need help in & somehow I would like to try and get a program started in my area to help others to get a meter ect. Good luck & Bless you - Teresa Rose

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-10 03:01:54 -0500 Report

Teresa Rose please read the article I wrote under NEWS ARTICLES TITLED GETTING HELP FOR DIABETICS. I tells about every program available for medical, prescriptions, doctors visits etc, in each state. Just type in your state and it will help you find programs that are in most cases free to you or minimal cost. do yourself a favor go to this article.

Kim Gregory
Kim Gregory 2011-08-10 00:40:08 -0500 Report

Try some of the community health clinics in your area. I also received a free meter from Freestyle and it came with some test strips to start off. One Touch also offers a free meter. Have you tried applying for medicaid?

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-10 03:05:10 -0500 Report

Please read the Artile titled GETTING HELP FOR DIABETICS. I tells you every state, federal, and community based program in your state and how to qualify for them . Please read this artile it will help you get help.

bjwarren123
bjwarren123 2011-08-10 00:25:42 -0500 Report

What area do you live? I also don't have health insurance but have found alot of programs that help. Trust me there is plenty of help out there. I'm sure we can find all the help you need including free diabetes education, medication, and support. I know how hard it seems at first, but it can be done. I get my medicines through a few programs for free. Normally they would cost me around $700 per month. Unemployment doesn't pay enough to afford my medicines alone.

Janice5208
Janice5208 2011-08-09 23:16:32 -0500 Report

I was able to get a free meter from www.onetouch.com. received meter and free card to help with discount on strips. it's worth a shot. also freestyle .com has a free meter with assistance with a card for discounts on strips. check them out and let us know how you come out.

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-10 03:09:13 -0500 Report

please read the ARTICLE GETTING HELP FOR DIABETICS IN THE NEWS ARTICLES ON THIS SITE. THIS ARTICLE TELLS YOU HOW TO FIND ASSISSTANCE AND WHERE TO GO IN YOUR STATE IN ORDER TO GET INSURANCE THAT WILL COVER DOCTORS, PRESCRIPTIONS LABS AND MUCH MORE,

RAINDANCER1950
RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-09 23:10:20 -0500 Report

THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPT. IN YOUR COUNTY OR THE NATIONAL DIABETES ASSO. CAN HELP YOU GET A FREE METER ETC. ALOT OF THE DRUG COS. WILL OFFER THEM TOO…GO ONLINE TO A SEARCH FOR DRUG COS. BUT QUICKEST IS TO CALL YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL OR HEALTH DEPT. AND THEY CAN HELP YOU CONNECT WITH A SOURCE TO GET A FREE METER…ALSO YOUR LOCAL WELFARE OFFICE CAN REFER YOU TO AGENCIES IN YOUR AREA…OR TRY THEY LOCAL NUMBER 212…THATS A STATE INFO. SERVICE TO ALL KINDS OF SERVICES…I'M SUPRISED YOUR DOCTOR DIDNT HELP PUT YOU IN CONTACT WITH SOME ONE TO HELP YOU…MINE HAD ME IN A 3 DAY DIABETIC CLASS …WITH METER , DIET BOOKS…RECIPES…A REP. I COULD CALL WITH QUESTIONS , THEY WERE ALL OVER TAKING CARE ON ME …FREE !!!! THAT WAS IN CALIFORNIA IN 1994…BUT STILL HAVE HELP NOW…BECAUSE A FRIEND WAS SET UP WITH HER METER AND CLASSS JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO…GOOD LUCK !

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-10 03:14:29 -0500 Report

YOU OF ALL PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET HELP. THAT IS WHY I WROTE THE ARTICLE GETTING HELP FOR DIABETIC IN THE NEWS ARTICLE SECTION. IT SPELLS OUT WHERE EVERYONE CAN LOOK FOR HELP IN THEIR STATE. IT LISTS STATE, FEDERAL, PRIVATE, COMMUNITY BASED PROGAMS ALL AT THE TIP OF YOUR FINGER SO PEOPLE CAB GET ASSISTANCE.

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