What all do I need to know

stevemcnew09
By stevemcnew09 Latest Reply 2009-04-20 21:59:00 -0500
Started 2009-04-14 20:41:59 -0500

hi,I was diagnosed in september 2008 and put on metfmin500 mg x2 for three months then uped to 1000 mgx 2 and was told I did not need a meter but the only thing I was told was to exercise.now I am laid off can not afford doctor visits to get my meds,and can anyone tell me how I can find out what I can eat or not,I have started learning more here than anywhere if anyone can get me started I will be greatful steve


22 replies

lebella
lebella 2009-04-20 21:59:00 -0500 Report

It's hard with out insurance but like every one said get a meter. Go to walmart and check on prices of strips then go on line and look for free offers for meters. Get a book on carbs. It will tell you how many carbs there are in just about all foods. I got most of the information I needed off of yahoo health then for about two months I checked my blood sugar in the morning and 1 1/2 hour after each meal till I got comfortable with my diet. Counting carbs and staying away from sugar and exercise now I only check my blood sugar about twice a month.

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-04-20 19:52:37 -0500 Report

heh Steve,
sorry to hear about situation! my son was diagnoised yesterday, and like you, no insurance, and dr. not much help. then today, his employer tells him, if he has to take insulin, he can't drive truck no more. so his job is on the line also. glad you're on this site. so many people can steer you in the right direction. best wishes
cyndi

stevemcnew09
stevemcnew09 2009-04-20 21:35:00 -0500 Report

Ijust want to say again I love you all as far as a job goes,I am getting ready to train for my CDL,next month they say as long as Iam on the pill Iam ok.Iwill keep all of you posted you guys and gals are the greatest all my love to you all thanks steve

Momto3
Momto3 2009-04-20 14:25:08 -0500 Report

Hi Steve,
Just picked up on this discussion and wanted to add my 2 cents! I too have no insurance - was lucky enough to have it for ONE MONTH (March '09) in which time I had a physical and was diagnosed with type2. I got set up on Metformin, and the glucose meter so I am able to monitor my blood sugar and take the meds. Metformin IS on Walmart's $4 list, so that works out well and the store brand lancets are only about $2 a box - make sure they work with your device. The glucose monitoring strips can be expensive without insurance - not sure what I am going to do when I need those again. I hope some of this helped - and I know what you mean about the nice folks on this site…they have helped me immensely also!! Good luck and take care!
Marie

P2putt
P2putt 2009-04-18 04:43:04 -0500 Report

Way to go Steve! G;ad to hear u got u're meter. Put it to use, walk and watch those deadly carbs, Keep in touch.Pete

LarryZ
LarryZ 2009-04-17 23:21:52 -0500 Report

Steve sorry about your situation. A few suggestions. I have been unemployed almost 1 1/2 years. If you are a veteran the Va will cover any supplies and dr visits. Right now also the federa govt is picking up 65% of cobra ins. Some states like Ohio pick up the other 35%. Good luck my friend

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-04-17 18:20:06 -0500 Report

Steve, Glad you got your meter. A positive step in the right direction. Know that there is alot of information out there. Use common sense. Most of it is great information. Its a long road, dont let it get you down. We are human. We err from time to time. Dont let the downs control your life. Pick yourself back up and live and enjoy your life. This is not the end of your life, Just a new direction, a detour to the follow. Stay positive. Get yourself a good group of close friends to net work. Above all, stay positive.

lipsie
lipsie 2009-04-17 12:42:53 -0500 Report

Just wanted to welcome you and wish you luck. Sorry you had a bum deal when you first saw your so called previous doctor before. Looks like others here have given some great information. Welcome again!! Sheila

stevemcnew09
stevemcnew09 2009-04-17 14:52:08 -0500 Report

I just wanted,no ,needed to take the time and tell you all you are so wonderful for takeing the time out of your lives to respond to my question.Also to let you know I now have a meter,again thank you you guys and gals have touched my heart Steve McNew

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-04-17 10:37:47 -0500 Report

Here are some links to discussions we've had about healthy eating. I agree with the points that have been made about testing your blood sugar. It really is very important.

But you also asked for help in knowing what to eat. Here are some good tips that I hope will help you out.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/1851-dont-know-what-to-eat

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/1223-im-not-sure-what-is-happening#scrollTo_discussion_message_12078_content

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/886-basic-diabetic-food-tips

markjohn1
markjohn1 2009-04-17 02:47:45 -0500 Report

Steve,
Sorry about what is going on. Like everyone else, get a meter no matter what the Doctor said. Di that right away. Check with your Pharmacy, sometimes they have meters to give away from the Manufacturers.

Nets go to One Touch Gold and join, for free. They have a wealth of information about exercise and diet. Including a meal planner for 6 weeks at a time. It give you a sample menu, a shopping list and recipes. All in one place.

The fitness program is great and it help you keep track of your workouts.

The best thing is to check it out. If you have questions just ask and I am sure we can help you get through it.
It's a maze out there of things for Diabetics, take you time and read, read, read.
Mark

vgarrison
vgarrison 2009-04-17 00:29:32 -0500 Report

Hey Steve,

Like everyone else has said your situation sucks…but good news…first off Metformin is one of the $4 drugs at walmart I believe. Also, get a meter. The truetrack meter is farely cheap and the strips are amungst the cheapest…so is the Walmart brand.

Eat a well balanced meal. The more fruits and veggies the better…

Good luck!!!

Vicki

markjohn1
markjohn1 2009-04-17 02:46:51 -0500 Report

Steve,
Sorry about what is going on. Like everyone else, get a meter no matter what the Doctor said. Di that right away. Check with your Pharmacy, sometimes they have meters to give away from the Manufacturers.

Nets go to One Touch Gold and join, for free. They have a wealth of information about exercise and diet. Including a meal planner for 6 weeks at a time. It give you a sample menu, a shopping list and recipes. All in one place.

The fitness program is great and it help you keep track of your workouts.

The best thing is to check it out. If you have questions just ask and I am sure we can help you get through it.
It's a maze out there of things for Diabetics, take you time and read, read, read.
Mark

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-16 21:08:30 -0500 Report

Like others, I'm dumbfounded that you were told not to worry about testing on a regular basis. Others have given you good, sound advice, but there are also a lot of discussions that have taken place already that you will find useful as well. Be sure to look through the various discussions as you have the time.

Also, since you have access to a computer, you have access to a wealth of information on your computer. Take advantage of it and do as much research as possible. I would caution you to utilize well know, reputable sites, however, such as the American Diabetes Association, Web MD and a number of others. Sites by the research hospitals such as Mayo are always loaded with good information.

Don't get freaked out about the way you eat. Try to eat well rounded meals, limiting carbs and refined sugar, and try to eat 3-4 smaller meals throughout the day. Stay as active as possible, walking as much as possible.

Do a little checking in your community for doctors/clinics that will see you on a sliding scale, etc. But definitely get a meter and begin monitoring your BS. That is key.

Good luck with taking control and staying healthy, and with finding a job.

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-04-15 17:19:11 -0500 Report

Letting you know you are not alone is an important thing to try and realize. But in my experience, that does not normally help much. But at the end of your day, you are the same person you woke up with, and you are that much better for that than, at least right now, you may feel.

For meds, http://www.needymeds.org. There is also a couple of programs for a free meter and strips for a year.

That, and lots of prayers, will get you thru this. And more important, stick closely to this site.

stevemcnew09
stevemcnew09 2009-04-16 08:50:27 -0500 Report

Thank you one and all I am choked up that some one actualy cares and took the time to respond with helpful hints,I am deeply touched and will take this advice thank you all so verry much steve

P2putt
P2putt 2009-04-15 16:56:47 -0500 Report

Like the other commentors, I'm sorry to hear of your misfortions.It's difficult enough to be Dx a diabetic but to loose you job and health insurance has to be a full plate. Please follow the suggestiong given u before and after my reply. You need a meter . This is essential in monitoring your glucose levels.If u know anyone who is a diabetic ask if he/she has an old one u can use.Also many companies will send u a free meter u just buy the test strips. Check out your Pharmist u might get some help there. Watch your diet. Good start,greatly limit or better elimiate everything white.White rice, food made from white flour,white potatoes.Eat a lot of veggies,except carrots, corn ,etc. Fruits,limit graps,bannans, and others high in natural sugar.

SkipT
SkipT 2009-04-15 16:52:06 -0500 Report

Who ever told you that you didn't need a meter is nuts. How do you know what your BG is doing throughout the day? Especially in the beginning it is very important to test upon awakening and 2 hours after one of your daily meals. If you exercise, you need to test before and after. I would seriously consider finding a new doctor. By the way, my doctor actually gives out free meters. He also writes prescriptions for the strips so I only have to make the co-pay on them. GET A METER!!!!

You might want to check out this website:
http://diabetes.about.com/od/whatisdiabetes/W...

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-04-15 13:08:00 -0500 Report

Steve, Sorry to hear your situation. First off, get a meter. Some places will send you a free meter if you ask for it. There are a few threads here that deal with low cost ideas of what we need. you will have to go looking for them. Its somthing that is happening more and more often. I got a free meter from lifescan. Its a mini ultra. Uses the same strips as my main meter. There are others out there that the strips cost less. Since you are going to be kinda on your own, Dont. First off, find out if there is a county clinic in your area. There is always somewhere you should be able to go to see a doctor even if you dont have insurance. Watch your diet. Keep away from high sugar fruits. Eat low carbs. Eat more vegtibles. Stay away from white bread at all. Watch out for processed foods. You might want to look at the cave man diet. Its where you eat what was available to the cave man. Meat. Vegtibles. Roots. Anything you can gather without it being processed. Look into farmers markets. Eat what is in season for your area. For cook books, use the library. Since you have internet access, use the internet for ideas. Keep us updated on your process. But, please, dont do without because you cant afford. Beleive me, you wont want to do with out your feet or other body parts down the road. Good luck finding new work and good luck taking care of yourself. Remember, you need your health to get work, so its a downward spiral if you let any link in the chain break. Here is a good thread that deals with your situation.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/18...

2009-04-14 21:07:18 -0500 Report

Steve, I just wanted to tell you that I'm very sorry for your situation. It's got to be very upsetting to you. I was diagnosed in December 2008, so this is new to me too. I am on insulin only so I can't help with medications. I'm sure there are a bunch of Type 2's who can give you some good information. I wish you the best. Take care, Angie

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