I just saw yet another person who feels they have to quit pumping and/taking good care of themselves or someone else due to loss of job, loss of extra income, extenuating circumstances, etc.
This is NOT acceptable: the corporate world is set up to help people in need, but one must be able to communicate with them, get their medical practice to contact them, etc.
I know that Minimed has a program where they will provide pump supplies to someone who cannot afford them at discount or free (they have some yearly limit on what they will spend, whether it used as purchase or as copay).
Other pump and drug companies I'm sure have same. There are federal programs for getting drugs, web sites with the phone number for the durg comapny support lines, support groups with good people who are giving their extra supplies to others who have not got at the moment, etc.
if one looks at the Insulin-Pumpers.org web site they have an unbelievable supply of everything from re-certified pumps to pump and testing and other supplies and almost any kind of catheter, inserter, etc.
If nothing else: please send me a private message and i will do my best to aid anyone who is really out of sorts and needs some help getting things together.
I would also please ask anyone with extra supplies to get in touch and see if we can find people who are in need of such or an organization that will definitely be sending them out to people who are using and need them.
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