By hyda Latest Reply 2011-10-25 21:42:56 -0500
Started 2011-10-23 12:34:47 -0500

Hi I am 21 I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 since i was 5 yrs old, but my things is that when i was little i did used to take care of myself and now that i gotten older its like i dont care anymore pretty much i forget to take my meds, check my blood sugar, and when i remember i just dont do it. The only time i take it is when i start to feel a little sick, sometimes i go 2-3 days without taking my insuling and i feel fine but then after that i start to feel nauseas and well i get sick..and to make it all worst well i have no insurance cause they took it away when i turned 19 and plus I have no job cause i cant find one…

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sweetbelle 2011-10-25 21:42:56 -0500 Report

Hey Hyda! I've been diabetic for about 15 years and on insulin for about 2 years. It wasn't so bad taking care of myself while I had a job and insurance but that came to an end in April when I lost my job. I still can't find a job and can't get my insulin or syringes without any insurance because my insulin cost so much (Lantus is around $180/month and Novolog is over $300. I have had to apply for public assistance and they are dragging their feet. It might take a while but you might apply for public assistance too. You would have the coverage that you need to get all your medications and go to the doctor too.

rhonda80 2011-10-25 19:52:35 -0500 Report

Hi Hyda,
you are not alone at all with this situation. I was diagnosed when I was 3 and I also used to take care of myself. It has been quite awhile since I did work at it. I can say the only time I took care of myself the way I am supposed to was when I was pregnant with my kids. I wish I could tell you what works to get you to take care of yourself, but I still do not know. As for the help with the expenses of the diabetes, there may be help through hospitals in your area or get a hold of the makers of your insulin and testing supplies. There may also be help through endocrinologists in your area. I hope I could help in some way.

Jean-9 2011-10-25 10:54:24 -0500 Report

i went thru my stage of not taking care of myself for about 2 years but you have to realize that it takes a toll on your body after a couple of years and you can have serious consequences. it is extremely hard and stressful keeping up with everything especially when you are young and when you dont have inusurance and no job…try to find organizations that will help you or try to apply for medicaid in the meantime that you cant find a job and please take care of yourself. you dont want to end up with organs that dont function or bad circulation or blind. its hard but you can do it…

mumbleypeg 2011-10-24 22:03:02 -0500 Report

I understand where you're coming from. I'm 49, didn't plan on making it to 30. I
wish I had taken better care of myself, it's worth it. What ever you have to do to
keep yourself healthy.

LBC 2011-10-24 13:07:49 -0500 Report

hey…I think everyone that was diagnosed as a young child goes through this. I know that I did, and I have now had it for 26+ years. It takes a lot of discipline to get yourself through this time! I still go through short periods of the same thing. But I can also say that I am beating all of the odds. I still have good vision, I still have my own kidneys that function perfectly fine, I have all my toes and fingers and it is worth the discipline. I know that doesn;t give you any help as to how to fix it but it does let you know, others have gone through it. As for the insurance…work with a doctor because I know that there are places that you can go to for free and they will have the best resources for where you can go to get what you need!!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-10-23 14:19:11 -0500 Report

Hello hyda, I can see how easy it would be to not take care of yourself after doing it for so long. I have only known that I am a type 2 diabetic for a few months and I also have a back injury and have to take pain meds for that. I get so sick of it all. I wish I could go without all the meds I'm on for awhile. It never ends and it never will & it's really been hard for me to except that I have to take the meds for the rest of my life. I read a few of the post that others have replied to you. You have been given some great advice. The people here on Diabetic Connect have helped me tremendously. I don't know what I would have done without them all. They are wonderful people. I am in the process of applying for help to get medicines and doctors care. For the past 3 yrs. I have been going to a volunteer clinic and they have helped me alot but there is alot of things that they can't do for me so I am getting help elsewhere. You qualify for assistance for your medical because diabetes is considered to be disabled. There are also drug companies that have programs that help people with their medicines. AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program pays for my Crestor. They have alot of different meds they pay for. Their number is 1-800-698-0085. Bridges to access is also a prescription program that pays for your meds. Their number is 1-866-728-4368 . AstraZeneca is another program that pays for my meds and their number is 1-800-698-0085 . Call thease numbers and listen to the prompts and see which one would carry the meds that you need or talk to one of their representatives and they will help you to find a program. They will send you an application to see if you qualify. If you do qualify you will get your meds in the mail when you need them. You will have to call and have your prescription refilled though. I hope this helps you. These programs have helped me so much. - Bless You!!! - Teresa Rose

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-10-23 15:16:35 -0500 Report

Thanks for that advice! I'm calling these numbers today to see if I can get some or all of my meds and supplies!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-23 13:31:39 -0500 Report

I too am sorry to read your plight. The only thing I can add to Mickey"s reply is try and apply for Medicare (diabetes is considered a handicap) you will probably be approved and if you choose to work, it allows 30 hours a week without cutting into your check. It's called Social Security Insurance or SSI. They will pay hospitalization, medical, including Doctors and your medications. Then also apply for Medicade to pick up what SSI don't pay. They pay 80%. Medicade will pick up the rest. They also supply therepist for your depression. Althougth I suspect that if you saw some light at the end of the tunnel that would help your depression 100%. As for the way your taking care of yourself, it's as though you've put a "hit list" on yourself. You know what you have to do, your a grown man, with good sense (you wrote to us) so get up and start doing what you need to. Starting with your BS and medication. I send this with wonderful thoughts of you and hopes for more Blessed days ahead…Valentine Lady

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-10-23 15:18:05 -0500 Report

I'm not real sure about getting on SSI at 40 but I am going to try and see what they say. Thanks!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-24 17:56:34 -0500 Report

Gwen: I've been on SSI since I was 47. Diabetes is considered a disability, SSI is not social security like when you turn 63 or 65. You'll be filing as a person with a disability. Hope I was of some help…Peggy AKA Valentine Lady

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-10-25 12:04:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for that! I dont really know the difference I guess so I better go on up to the social security office this wk and get started!

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-10-25 18:08:09 -0500 Report

LOL! Thanks Peggy! I can always use another good friend! DC has been a blessing for me since I first stumbled onto it! Enjoy your night! :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-10-23 14:30:41 -0500 Report

That's great advice !!! I am getting ready to apply for disability. I'm not sure which one to apply for yet. I started with an application for assistance In my state.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-23 12:39:07 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear your plight. The healh dept. does alot on a sliding scale, have you checked there? Also the red cross can help also. Just remember, what you do now is going to affect you BIG time in the long run. I wish i had taken better care of myself when i was younger, it sure would be saving me a lot of trouble now! Hind sight is always 20/20! Stay strong and positive, things will work out. Blessed Be, Mickey