New to Diabetes

By sassy55 Latest Reply 2014-09-17 22:48:12 -0500
Started 2014-09-10 09:19:56 -0500

I just found out last Thursday that I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. I felt shocked and overwhelmed. I received several referrals to different specialist. Oh boy. Then my insurance signed me up to get a meter. While all of this is going on I tried to use my meter the first day and not knowing how used ten test strips in two days. Now I am out of strips and when I went to get more from Walmart they was to my surprise $35.00. I am currently on disability. I can't afford to pay for this test strips and lancets on a regular basis. Is there somewhere I can get them for free? Also I exercise and have to change my diet. I need help in these areas. Someone please help. I am overwhelmed and need emotional support.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-09-17 08:23:37 -0500 Report

Hey sassy,

It's great to see you here! Glad you found your way to us.

I just wanted to say hi and give you some emotional support. I know that receiving a new diagnosis can be really overwhelming. It seems like one of the experiences that so many newly-diagnosed diabetics share is getting the testing on track, including figuring out how to do it economically. And as you can see by the responses you are receiving to your post, there are lots of options out there.

It's really important to get lots of support. Especially from people who are walking the same road. I hope you will stay in touch with us, my friend. You are not alone!


Anonymous 2014-09-12 13:49:07 -0500 Report

Strip prices depend on the meter. The ReliON is your best bet. I am also new to the diagnosis but my job is assisting patients who can't afford medications to get them through the drug companies. There are currently no companies that help with paying/donating strips. One company used to but not for the last 3 or so years. Also check with your physician to see how many times a day you HAVE to test. I'm taking 1 day and 1 change at a time.

sassy55 2014-09-15 09:59:58 -0500 Report

thanks I have called my doctor and she gave me the onetouch ultramini which my insurance does not cover, So I had to get the prescriptions from what Abbott supplies which is the FreeStyle lite.

Sapphiregirl 2014-09-12 12:05:04 -0500 Report

Sassy, It is the Relion and it is 14.99 for the meter and 9.98 for the strips. If you have a university clinic near you possibly you can get it for free when you attend one of their classes.

maryanne55 2014-09-10 21:22:51 -0500 Report

normally anyone who is on disability automatically qualifies for medicaid. that would be your best bet to sign up as medicard or medicare pays for the meter and strips and lancets. dr office should have shown you how how to use the meter when you were diagnosed. call your dr and talk to nurse that you need help in learning how to use it. also pharmacy where you purchased it at.

maryanne55 2014-09-11 21:53:32 -0500 Report

true if your over the limit with disability thru social security. but im not so im a lucky one i guess.. my caseworker told me that. sorry bout the missed facts. if your payments are within the qualifying range you are eligible and everyones are different

sassy55 2014-09-15 10:04:17 -0500 Report

Yes I understand. I am over the limit for Medicaid. But with so many responses I am able to look into so many other options now.

jayabee52 2014-09-11 12:41:20 -0500 Report

sorry Maryanne
I am on disability due to my need for dialysis. I do not qualify for medicaid as my disability payments put me over the limit for medicaid. So who ever told you you "automatically" qualify for medicaid didn't have their facts straight.

sassy55 2014-09-11 11:28:25 -0500 Report

thanks. Medicaid denied me, they said I am over the limit financially. I will contact medicare.

haoleboy 2014-09-10 21:42:04 -0500 Report

medicaid/medicare covers 100 test strips and lancets every 90 days for non-insulin dependent diabetics.
woefully inadequate, particularly for the newly diagnosed.
I am testing about every 3-4 days

haoleboy 2014-09-10 21:44:08 -0500 Report

on the plus side … they did provide a Freestyle Lite meter which I find the easiest to use of all the meters I have tried

GabbyPA 2014-09-10 18:45:49 -0500 Report

I am sorry that you are having such a hard time with your meter. You will get the hang of it. I use a meter from Reli-On, you can get at WalMart. The strips are just $9.00 for 50. Much more affordable.

You can talk to your local church to see if they have any for free, but it's often tricky to get free ones because they are usually paid for by insurance, and it's insurance fraud to give away ones that are paid in that way.

sassy55 2014-09-11 11:32:13 -0500 Report

ok thanks. I will check my church and if nothing works out I will and if I can not get the help I will go and buy the Reli-On meter.

Glucerna 2014-09-10 15:51:53 -0500 Report

Was one of your referrals to a certified diabetes educator and/or registered dietitian? They can teach you how to use the meter, help you figure out how often to test your blood sugar, understand what those results mean and how you can use them to make changes to your food choices and physical activity, and give you someone to call with questions. If you don't already have a referral, please ask your doctor for one. Diabetes can be overwhelming and getting support is going to help you manage. ~Lynn @Glucerna

sassy55 2014-09-11 11:33:57 -0500 Report

Great advise I did get a referral for a certified diabetes educator and their next appt. is Oct 8 which I booked.

Glucerna 2014-09-11 16:18:37 -0500 Report

Excellent! The CDE may also be able to help you with sources of lower cost strips and supplies. ~Lynn @Glucerna

rolly123 2014-09-10 14:49:13 -0500 Report

I'm on disability also I got Medicare insurance and another for med! If u have Medicare it pays for meter and test strips! Do u have medicade if not apply! If u have Medicare apply for extra help it helps with meds cal Medicare ask question? I also know walmart has meter that 22but tests strip is 9 for 50 test strips! Go ask pharmist ! If need help get friend on this site u go as tone friend and u can chat with that person and ask help! Also here is great get help! Hope this helps
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Sapphiregirl 2014-09-10 11:23:48 -0500 Report

Walmart has a meter that is 14.99 and for a month suppyly of strips for it is about 15.00 per per 30 day supply.

sassy55 2014-09-11 11:36:05 -0500 Report

Which meter is that?

sassy55 2014-09-15 10:08:48 -0500 Report

OneTouch UltraMini, but my insurance will not cover it so they are sending me FreeStyle promise. We will see how much this is. thanks for replying

Chopstix 2014-09-11 22:58:11 -0500 Report

Sounds like the Relion Meter. I do miss the one I had that I never got back from the company I was driving for when I had my heart attack. I liked the way it feels in my hand better than the Freestyle I'm using now. The only reason I use the Freestyle is because I got it through the VA. But I do have a Relion lancing device. OK, I like using things that I am comfortable using…

debcox 2014-09-13 00:14:13 -0500 Report

I'm really glad to get my stuff through the VA. The only thing they do not give me are alcohol wipes but I can get them through Walgreens.

Chopstix 2014-09-13 12:30:25 -0500 Report

I just use soap and water because I have found that the alcohol may not have completely evaporated when I prick causing the meter to read higher than what it should be reading.

Pegsy 2014-09-15 19:44:41 -0500 Report

I discovered the same thing. My CDE told me to use alcohol but i discovered I was having higher readings so I stopped. Plain soap and water really is best.

jayabee52 2014-09-13 00:50:41 -0500 Report

Really, Deb, you do not need alcohol wipes to poke your finger. Plain soap and water is really more than adequate, and there has been indications that sometimes those wipes may throw off a reading.