New to site and need some info please

By Chele Latest Reply 2009-01-27 20:25:36 -0600
Started 2009-01-27 00:55:36 -0600

I was told at 18 I was type 1.Long story short I have not had medicines for the past almost 3 years.I have no insurance and have been turned down by the state because I "made to much money' Being self employed I broke even on pays anyways I was wondering if there is someone that can tell me if there is somewhere that I can get a free meter or med's?? Ive been testing my sugar with my dads meter when I can and its running close to 400 on pretty much a daily basis.It doesn't mater what I eat,usually with in 20 minutes of eating im ready to go to sleep and i get horrible head aches.My mother passed away almost 3 years ago due to diabeties and im scared to death im going to die young because of the diabetes.Any info someone can give would be very helpfull

thank you

7 replies

Avera 2009-01-27 20:25:36 -0600 Report


If you are Type 1, then a doctor must have diagnosed you. When he did, he should have instructed you about what insulin to use. If you have his instructions, then you just need to go to the drugstore to get the insulin.

One does not have to have a prescription to buy most insulin. You can buy it over the counter without a prescription. It is like this so people who don't have a regular doctor can afford to buy and and NOT worry about dying without it.

Go to Wal-Mart. They are cheapest. If you think they are too high, go online and order from Canada.

You must use it according to the guidelines your doctor told you. You don't have to have a prescription for needles or syringes either.

If you have forgotten the doctor's instructions, go to the emergency room at the hospital. They have to see you and they will bill you for the visit. You can pay a little each month unti the visit is payed for. After the visit…if you can't make the monthly payments, go to the business office of the hospital and ask for hardship selection.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-27 06:45:51 -0600 Report

Also ask your MD. They have sales reps in the office daily. I am sure if he mentions a pt with no insurance they may help you. But sometimes they give you the meter. But the strips are very expensive. See what your MD can do to help…Debe

2009-01-27 06:39:56 -0600 Report

Chele, here is the website for Accu-Chek. and the free meter. I received this meter and 60 free test strips last weeks thanks to Skip's post.
I actually use a freestyle lite meter myself, but if anyone is looking a meter here is a website from ACCU-CHEK.

As far as medicine goes, I know of this website It will link you to another website with similar offers. I do know it's based on income, but I do not know what their income guidelines are. Maybe this will help you. Take care and good luck to you. Angie

2009-01-27 05:12:33 -0600 Report

Breeze 2, Ascensia; and on tv, there are often times meters. I agree that you need to see a doctor soon. Please get help; maybe a clinic.

A lot of doctors will put you in touch with free meters, often they are sent a fair amount to give away for promotional reasons.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-27 04:18:27 -0600 Report

Do you have a regular doctor? If so does he know about your 400 bg readings? He should be able to get you some help someplace. Also, if the state has determined you are making too much money then you might put a little aside each payday. With consistent readings of 400 you really need to get help soon.

Chele 2009-01-27 09:05:51 -0600 Report

I dont have a doctor right now.And for making to much money they went off what I made last year.The sad part is the company I was contracted threw did budget cut's and I was on of them.So for about 3 month's ive been looking for jobs but nobody wants to hire.So when I went to the state and applied for state insurance they turned me down.I asked what did what I made last year have to do with now and me not having a job no insurances and no meds for my diabetes.Her reply was "Well due to the econmy we have to make sure the people who are allowed insurance actually need the program." So It's kind of like im stuck between a rock and a hard place.I need medicine and insurances but I cant get any witht the state and cant find a job.Thank you tho for the help for websites about meters.

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