I need help!

Britt6383
By Britt6383 Latest Reply 2010-02-13 09:20:23 -0600
Started 2009-12-20 15:38:52 -0600

I'm broke, without health insurance, and the clinic wants nothing to do with me. I've been on a waiting list for months so I can see a doctor. I'm diabetic, and I've been researching diabetes online, but I really don't know much about it. I'm having a really hard time losing weight. I don't know what to eat, what not to eat, how to control my weight, and I'm worried that the doctors won't be of much help and all the waiting will be in vein. I'm only 18.. i need some guidance!


62 replies

Waltznfool
Waltznfool 2010-01-26 12:41:44 -0600 Report

Hi Britt,

Just checking on you to find out if everything is ok. How are you doing? Let us know 'cause we worry (at least I do…you could say I'm a "professional worrier". LOL

Take care,

David

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-26 18:02:28 -0600 Report

Bet I worry more than you do, Waltz!!! haha—PR

Waltznfool
Waltznfool 2010-02-08 12:46:11 -0600 Report

Pat,

I've only have 20+ years as a professional worrier…I figure you have me beat! LOL

David

Waltznfool
Waltznfool 2010-02-09 12:16:46 -0600 Report

Pat,

Hey, that's what I'm here for…comic relief. At least I got a smile out of it. Gotta do something during the off times when I'm not worring. :^)

David

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-10 14:21:34 -0600 Report

Hi Britt, how is everything going? Have you gotten the help you need? Let us know how you are doing. Keep in touch with us, we are concerned about you.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2010-01-10 13:23:49 -0600 Report

Please go to the ER and don't worry yourself to death about what Anonymous says; you have a critical medical condition and you need to see a doctor! We can all Google stuff and interpret in any way we want just to be contrary! Get help fast! :)

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-01-10 14:14:45 -0600 Report

Dietcherry - I think you and others may have misinterpreted my message in regards to EMTALA and people with chronic illnesses being seen in the Emergency Department so I'll try again. If a person has a true emergency then the ED is absolutely the place to go. HOWEVER, for a chronic illness a patient gets the best care when they establish a long term relationship with a primary care provider who gets to know the patient and is available to provide education, or educational resources, and answer any and all questions. Look at the hard time people have learning about carbohydrates - do you really think they are going to get the education and time and attention they need in a busy Emergency Department? I recently had a friend get sick, go the ED, got started on insulin (on weekend) - no education, no glucometer - just a diagnosis (diabetes) and a script for insulin. Dutifully the friend got the script filled, but it is a wonder there wasn't serious bodily harm done. No instructions on how to inject, symptoms to watch for, etc. Knowing I was a diabetic I was approached for assistance which I gladly gave including meter for testing, etc. until patient finally got in to see the nurse practitioner about 5 days after being seen in ED and is now started on long journey of learning to live with diabetes. The ED in this case provided the medical screening examination, stabalized the emergency medical condition, but that was a drop in the bucket for what the patient needed. In the "old days" the patient might have been admitted to hospital but without being in DKA most patients do not meet criteria for admission so they are sent home to fend for themselves. I worry about the ones who do not follow up with primary care for whatever reason and are just angry that they didn't get what they unrealisticaly expected to get from the Emergency Department.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-01-10 14:56:03 -0600 Report

I agree, if you are in a crisis situation, go to your nearest ER…They have to treat you. That's what the hypocratic oath is for…You can worry about educational resources later…First and foremost, you have got to get the issue at hand taken care of. And, maybe they can help you find the resources that you need to find a physician who will treat you… Keep us updated, and good luck…

Rooster76
Rooster76 2010-01-10 11:23:00 -0600 Report

Break out your measuring cups eat the right portions of each food group. Walking is great exercise. Anything that raises the heart rate will burn calories. But eating healthy is the most important thing you can do. Forget anything that is sweetened with real sugar Splenda is great and you can use it like real sugar. Go to social services and quit waiting. Be presistant. You have a right to life and no organization can change that. Stop doubting the doctors. They are obligated to help you with or without insurance. Don't give up .Keep pushing for what you need.

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-06 12:50:38 -0600 Report

I don't know what state you live in, but I am in Texas and here if you are between 18 and 21 and meet the requirements (which according to your disclosed condition, you probably would) you qualify for state aide. Now I am NOT an advocate of state aide, for the sake of it, but when absolutely necessary, then by all means apply. You are pregnant so that may tip the scale in your favor.

Go to your local Health and Human Services office and talk to somebody. Explain your situation. That is why they are there to help you get the help you need.

nerdse
nerdse 2010-01-06 02:31:25 -0600 Report

I'm a RN. EMTALA regulations state that you have to be treated regardless of your ability to pay. The initials stand for Emergency Medical Treatment & Active Labor Act. The ER is used to people coming in when they could have gone somewhere else, & sometimes they feel like you're taking up the spot that maybe someone with a stroke or a heart attack would need, but if someone like that came in they would treat them first & make you wait, so their opinions are beside the point. But hospitals are cutting the number of open positions for doctors & nurses alike, to sometimes dangerous levels. Your symptoms, though, probably suggested something like fibromyalgia, flu, arthritis of some sort, that they felt you should have gone to a clinic instead of the ER. Again, though, as I said, their opinions of what you should have done are irrelevant. You are sick with noplace else to go, so it's hard to figure out what to do.
Sometimes you just have to get in people's faces when they act like idiots, & tell them that you have a right to be seen when you're sick, & to be treated like a human being. I suggest you contact that hospital's patient relations department & put in a complaint. Write a letter to the president of the hospital, maybe even threaten to write a letter to the newspaper in your area to tell them of the way you were treated. The squeaky wheel gets the grease (although some will say it's also the first to be replaced, it's not replaced if the grease stops the squeak! lol)
Who runs the clinic to which you were referred? Is it the county? State? They ARE pretty overwhelmed, especially with the recession. I'm betting there are a lot of uninsured people with diabetes who are also waiting on a list with you. But it might not hurt to call every couple days to ask if there are any cancellations & if so, could you come in & take the spot for the cancellation? Keep bugging them, & they might just put you in to get you to quit calling them. You can remind them it costs a whole lot less if you're given treatment now than if you are hospitalized & can't pay the bill. If you're in the area, stop by & ask. too; sometimes they respond more to someone in person than to someone on the phone.
The other thing I'm thinking is, apparently you don't have a job or if you do, it doesn't include health insurance. Have you tried stopping by the unemployment office & begging them to find you something you can do, something with health insurance? Tell them what the problem is. It might be they'd have a social worker who could help you get an appointment sooner. It's worth a shot, anyway. If you're still in school, tell the guidance counselor &/or school nurse, see if they can help.
Sometimes there are private clinics run by churches. Or if you find a Roman Catholic hospital that is still run by the Church, try their clinics; they might be able to help. These places are funded by charitable donations. Also, a lot of places actually let you work off your bill by having you volunteer to do something. It's not in all areas of the country, but I saw in a nursing magazine where some places were doing that. It never hurts to ask, and volunteering, if you do well, could lead to a full time job with benefits.
It's hard to deal with the testing stuff; companies give meters away for free because they make money on the test strips, which often cost over $1 per strip. The most common prescriptions, like metformin (which makes your body more sensitive to insulin) can be had for $4 a month in places like Walmart. That should be manageable, but of course you need the doctor to prescribe you something if you in fact need it.
Many type 2s can get control by diet & exercise. The problem is that grocery stores make a high profit by charging a lot for the very foods that are the best for your health. IMO they should be charging out the wazoo for the sugary junk foods & reducing prices on healthy food. If you live near a large city, if you can find out where the groceries are brought in for the supermarkets & restaurants to make their purchases, you can sometimes get fresh fruits & vegetables for less. In the summer, farmer's markets are nice but sometimes, they're more expensive than grocery stores, sometimes the same, sometimes cheaper.
I have an old cookbook that I love; I think they have at least one more of the same one out. It's called "More with Less," & has a lot of whole food, money saving recipes. That might help some. Whole grains & legumes are carbohydrates, but in smaller amounts & the right combinations, they can be used in a diabetic food plan. A lot of vegetarian websites have recipes that are safe for diabetics, & that can reduce the costs. Using cheap, lean meats cooked in a crockpot can save money & provide protein; mixed with vegetarian types of foods, they can stretch money.
Diabetes.org has an advocacy section where you might be able to get help & guidance on what to do to get help sooner for your diabetes. Try them. There's a lot of good info there.
It's possible that the joint pain is from the diabetes, but I'm not sure that's the only cause. I have had generalized joint pain since 1985; it was misdiagnosed for decades until 2003, when it was confirmed as fibromyalgia. In 1997, I got chronic fatigue syndrome & had to quit working as a nurse in hospital units & more to something else. I managed to keep going until last year, when I got too sick to continue at my job. I was so sure I'd be able to find another job, but I kept getting sicker. The place where I hurt the most was in the joints; the diagnoses I had that were wrong were lupus & rheumatoid arthritis. There are tons of problems that can cause chronic joint pain all over, not just high sugars, so when you see a doctor, insist they check you to make sure you don't have something else; my sugar goes sky high if my fibro pain is bad, even though I'm generally too sick to eat when I hurt, my sugars will still go over 200 if the pain's bad, so the impact of the pain on the sugars is something they have to consider. Because if your sugars are high, the joints will hurt worse, & as they hurt worse, the sugars go high, so it's a vicious cycle. Plus it is really hard to exercise when you hurt! If there is anyplace with a pool, you might be better off trying to do some gentle paddling around there a couple times a week if you can manage the cost. Try gentle stretching & small walks & gradually increase as able.
Sorry about how long this is, but I'm trying to think of anything I can that might help. Sometimes going to unemployment is a way to get help with medical stuff so you stand a chance of getting a job, a back door, so to speak.
Best of luck to you. Email me if you have questions, I'll do my best to track emails & respond (sometimes I'm too sick with fibro/cfs to get online daily so I'll get behind).
Hope some of these things are of some help to you.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-06 11:24:51 -0600 Report

Wow, You sure are a blessed asset to our discussion board! Sounds like sound and stable information to me. I used to work as a unit sec/nurse-aide in a hospital for over 35 years, so know a TAD, but you give a much better, knowedgeable, applicable forum for us to learn and discuss from! Thank you!! Pat R

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-06 12:39:46 -0600 Report

I think you have covered just about everything. But you did not mention indigent care clinics (free clinics). I live close to Killeen, Texas (Home of Fort Hood Military Installation) and we have a Free Clinic that provide acute health care to children and adults who are unserved, underserved, or have no access to health care.

I mentioned this because it may be another option.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-01-07 18:24:01 -0600 Report

Dear RN - With all due respect you have misstated obligations under EMTALA. For those acute care hospitals with licensed emergency services or providing services where all or a certain per centage of the visits are unscheduled, when a person seeks emergency services, the hospital must provide a MEDICAL SCREENING EXAMINATION and IF the person has an emergency medical condition (legal definition, not medical definition), the emergency medical condition must be STABALIZED within that hospital's capacity and capability including the use of ancillary services including on call physicians. EMTALA also affords protection to patients at the time of TRANSFER: that the benefits outweigh the risks, the level of transport is appropriate, etc. But here is the important take home message - EMTALA does not require "treatment" in a broad sense only screening and stabalization of any emergency medical condition. People who misstate EMTALA build up in the public an unrealistic expectation of what services they can anticipate from an emergency department. Most emergency departments are struggling heroically to meet the needs of the uninsured and underinsured, as well as treat medical emergency of breathing, bleeding and shock, but they are not miracle workers and cannot unilaterally solve society's ills. Please everyone, do not go to an emergency department with a chronic illness and expect "treatment" based on a misunderstanding of Federal law. If you do, you may be sorely disappointed and angry.

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-08 17:02:50 -0600 Report

nerdse and Anonymous, both of you have brought up some valid points. The regulation is cumbersome and lengthy. That being said, we can all agree that most ERs' will do all they can to help a patient, despite the EMTALA guidelines.

Britt, we don't want you or anyone else to get caught up. IF you need to go to the ER, GO. You can ask them for a referral to a low- or no cost clinic.

imsuzie2
imsuzie2 2010-01-05 03:28:26 -0600 Report

Britt, listen to James and the rest…go with your project and kids, but keep in touch with us old fogies, ok? Hugs

Britt6383
Britt6383 2010-01-04 12:59:25 -0600 Report

I cannot thank you all enough for the kind words and good wishes. Also, Happy [late] New Year!

I haven't had a chance to get online much lately, so a quick update:

You are all great, but I've found another group of people that have inspired me further to reach all my goals, and are giving me some "guidance" with my dream of starting a NFP organization. This is a very special bunch, and very unlikely as well. I've been introduced to some local children between the ages of 6-15 that are living through the exact thing that the rest of us are; diabetes. It's incredible really that kids can be such a huge inspiration.

Aside from that, things are pretty much the same. I hope all is well for all of you :)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-04 13:07:28 -0600 Report

Oh, YEAH!! I am so glad that you have found this group, power to you and may God show you the way to be a true friend to this kids!! This world will be a much better place if we all do what we can to help those in need—sometimes it is in a round-about way, but God knows the trail to lead us down to Happiness, helping each other!! Hugs and Best Wishes!! Pat Roth

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-01-05 02:59:35 -0600 Report

Howdy Britt
Thanks for the update and right back at ya re a blessed 2010!

Great that you found that group, but PLEASE DON'T BE A STRANGER! {I already got that covered - my friends say I'm stranger than MOST! ~ LoL ~ My kids wouldn't talk to me for the first few years of their lives because their mom told them not to talk to strangers ~ but seriously] Please hang with us every now and again. The only thing bad about us is MY JOKES!
Blessings in 2010 ~James~

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-05 03:22:44 -0600 Report

Good advice and humor too. This is the place to be. If these folks don't know the answer then thy will find a link or a give you a lead. Welcome and leave the strangeness to jaybee52.

Check out this Website for a series of four free online diabetes classes from the Joslin Diabetes Center - Affiliate with Harvard Medical School
http://www.joslin.org/ape/default.asp

imsuzie2
imsuzie2 2009-12-27 06:17:52 -0600 Report

Britt, this community never lets me down, and I know it won't let you down either. That is great news about your old employer, and your enthusiasm will take you far. I like the mentor idea…good luck. S2

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-26 19:03:32 -0600 Report

Thank you all so much for the advice and the prayer! Also, Merry [late] Christmas. I'm keeping up on all of the latest information on diabetes. I've learned so much from you all and the links that I've been given.

God is looking after me. I recieved some excellent news. The company that I used to work for may give me my job back, along with…HEALTH INSURANCE! I am keeping my fingers crossed because I am not 100% sure they'll take me back, but I worked really hard when I was there, so I'm praying they'll look at my file and call me to tell me to come back. I was so excited to hear they were taking a few people back.

This is a little bit random, but when I was in high school, I took every business class that was available, and I continued taking business classes in college. Because of this, I tend to look at a lot of things as a business op. So…I have been speaking with a lot of people, making phone calls, and writing letters, trying to get information on starting a non-profit organization to help children with medical conditions (anything from diabetes to MS to cancer). I think it's important for kids to have the support and education they need to overcome such things. I have all of you, but can you imagine how many kids don't have a support group to talk to? A lot of my friends and family think it's a great idea, but a lot of people don't think I'd be able to start anything like that. I don't want to be "the kid that has big dreams." I want to be the kid that makes her dreams come true. My dream: to help others. I know I can count on all of you for feedback and suggestions! Thank you all so much

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-26 20:03:15 -0600 Report

Wonderful idea and something you would know about, which I hear is always a plus for anything anyone wants to start—-knowing the "inside story"! You have been there so know about what others are going thru too!! Best Wishes and I bet that you CAN start sucha program, sounds like you have all of the right "tools" and the determination!! Hugs, Pat Roth

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-12-26 20:31:23 -0600 Report

Brit - I think there is a service through some junior colleges where retired business executives counsel small business owners. Maybe that is a resources to you as you start your NFP organization. Also there is grant money out there if you can write a grant. Keeps us posted on how you do. And remember if one dream doesn't work out the next one may. I love the story about Edison when he came out his lab one day after all his efforts failed. Someone commented to him that it was a wasted day and he said it was a very rpoductive day - he learned about several things that didn't work! The key was to keep trying.

tigger3227
tigger3227 2009-12-31 21:50:24 -0600 Report

The organization you are thinking about is called S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corp of Retired Executives) and it is run by the Small Business Administration (I think). You can find them listed in your phone book in most places. Good luck with the NFP!

Preacher1
Preacher1 2010-02-02 10:36:06 -0600 Report

I will keep this desire to help others in my prayers, If God put it on your heart He will provide a way. You just have to be committed and know that it will be hard but oh what a reward when you know that all that hard work has helped some one who is in real need. May God bless your work. Don

Preacher1
Preacher1 2009-12-25 17:30:01 -0600 Report

You are in my prayers. I know it is scary but hang in there. I am new to this site so I am not sure what to tell you, I am still trying to learn my way around in here. I have recently started seeing a specialist to help regain control of my diabetes. It is a long story. I believe in prayer and will be praying for you.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-25 10:41:43 -0600 Report

Sometimes it is the feeling of "no one cares—-so why should I?" that gets us down too—we DO CARE and will try to assist you in any way we can. I don't know much about the sites to look up information, but I do know about,"feeling alone"!! At your age, supposrt is twice as important!! We Love you and will support you as much as we can!!! Hugs, Pat R

Rosaline
Rosaline 2009-12-25 00:09:41 -0600 Report

Try to contact to American Diabetes Association at www.ada.org and see if they can help. You may have one in the city where you live. You may also be able to go to a county clinic and they may be able to help you. It is easier to give you the equipments and tools now before you get sick and have to be hospitalized.
Rosaline

sylrazy
sylrazy 2009-12-23 13:38:12 -0600 Report

I know it's a overwhelming thing to hear "Your Diabetic" but you have to hang in there things will get better with all the information there is and this wonderful website you can gain so much knowledge about diabetes. Learn about your foods and carbs and as others have stated eat portions and make sure to have your snacks in between your meals. I was diagnosed in October 09 and well I took the bull by the horns and decided this won't control me I will control my diabetes with knowledge and doing the right thing…Praying for you and God Bless…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-23 12:33:59 -0600 Report

I am so SORRY, to hear of your dilemna, Britt! But you have come to the right place!! You have already been given good sights to check in on, John Crowley is our big, CHIEF, his words are wisdom and he keeps us all in tow—-straightens out mis-information and is very positive!

Best of Luck on your new venture of discovering more about diabetis. Sorry too about the Dr and ER thing—-it just happens to the best of folks—do NOT give UP!! We will support you, so stay tuned and vent, ask questions, we all had to start somewhere—-so can you—you ARE NOT ALONE!! Pat Roth

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-23 12:11:14 -0600 Report

Again, thank you all for the advice! In the last couple of days, I've done a lot of reading (thank you for the links). I also made a few phone calls to see what kind of help I can get from the health dept while I wait to see a doctor. They couldn't tell me much. The individual I spoke with gave me a little bit of information. I think I'm probably about another month out from seeing a doctor (which beats the three months I waited originally). Once I see the doctor, I'm not leaving until all of my questions are answered! In the meantime, I've been watching my eating habit, as well as exercising.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-12-23 11:22:10 -0600 Report

Britt,
So sorry to hear of your difficult situation.

Here are a few links that I think will be a good place for you to start reading. Don't get overwhelmed. Just try changing a little bit at a time. And keep asking for help--here and at your clinic or county health department.

Glucose Monitoring: What's the point?
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/317-glucose-monitoring-whats-the-point

Free Health Care
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/1831-free-health-care

Basic Diabetic Food Tips
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/886-basic-diabetic-food-tips

Controlling Type 2 Diabetes with Diet
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/264-controlling-type-2-diabetes-with-diet

Waltznfool
Waltznfool 2009-12-23 10:41:11 -0600 Report

You came to the right place! Chinese have a saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, Dao De Jing or a Dutch Proverb: “He who is outside his door already has the hard part of his journey behind him.” You have made that step. Good luck!

didi6111
didi6111 2009-12-23 09:59:20 -0600 Report

The help you neeed is watch what you eat. everythings has sugar in it . I was told in 2007I have type 2. I walk a mile aday and if I can't I do a program on the computer called walk at home by Leslie sansone. I eat sweets and If I do I don' t eat them for about 3 to 4 days later I lost 19 pounds from march 2009 to now. I eat little portions at maels It is hard to do but I did it. you can I know.God bless. If you do what I say you will not need a doctor. djenkins18@cinci.rr.com small email. I will help

DiabetesDiva
DiabetesDiva 2009-12-21 20:04:33 -0600 Report

Oh sweetie, you're so young to have such struggles. Try contacting your county health department. They may be able to help you. Don't worry about your weight right now, just concentrate on your diabetes. I have found Urgent Care facilities are less expensive.

My husband just retired and I was denied private health insurance because of my diabetes. Our monthly insurance premium is more than our mortgage.

Take care,

Kate

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-20 18:48:36 -0600 Report

Thank you, All. I feel so much better knowing that there are people out there willing to help each other!

MABlueEyes
MABlueEyes 2009-12-20 19:08:59 -0600 Report

Hi
One thing to help u with eating right u need to go to the book store and get Calorie King Calorie Fat & Carbs..
In the book there is a DIABETIC small section about food size and how to learn how to do CARB counting..
This book is the one the dietitian like..
There is a web site also::It is also for support and educaction:: www.CalorieKing.com
Be Strong and learn as u can..

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-12-20 19:09:26 -0600 Report

Britt,
Contact the hospital in your area and see if they have a free diabetic instructor youcan see. They can help you and you may be able to get a free meter to test your blood suger. Keep us informed as to what you find out. Dan

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2009-12-20 18:41:40 -0600 Report

Its always hard at first. This is a good site for information.
There are a lot of wonderful, caring people willing to share.
One thing you might check is the if you have the salvation Army
in your area. In many cities and rural areas they operate free
service medical clinics. All the medical personal donate
their time. I am from a semi-rural area and we have one about 20 miles from us.
Most importantly don't give up. Spiritwalker

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-20 17:51:54 -0600 Report

Hi Britt, and welcome, you are in the right place so listen to all your new friends, you will be getting a whole lot of information and advice. Everyone here on this site sticks together and we all value each others opinions too. Just hold on and try not to get sooo stressed out cause that will make your bloodsugar go up. Diabetes is something you can live with and still enjoy your daily life style. Their are so many of us out here with no health insurances, but we have to try to do the best we can. Are their any other clinics in the area where you live that would see you? You will get lots of support on this site, we are not here to judge you. We are all in this together. I found out in Oct. 2009, that Im type 2 also, Im not on any meds as of yet I return to the doctors tomorrow. So I got my fingers crossed!! I was told to change how I eat, and do exercise. So I started that right away, now I have so much more energy and feel like doing more things now. Before I had no energy, my thinking was even off. I was scared too, but I ran across diabetic connect and I've been attached ever since. Its a really cool place to meet lots of people in the same boat your in, and they actually really care about you and your thoughts. That's what I enjoy here.

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-20 18:06:09 -0600 Report

In June before I knew I was diabetic, I went to the hospital due to chest pain, blinding headaches, and extreme pain in my joints. I waited in the ER for nearly 6 hours before I saw a doctor, and all he had to say to me was "I don't know what you're doing here at this hour of the night." He gave me an antibiotic Rx for a sinus infection. The hospital sent me a bill for almost $2000! The pains continued, and I often felt weak and shaky, so I went to the clinic where I was diagnosed. They told me simply that I had type 2 diabetis and I needed to come back. I've been on the bottom of their waiting list ever since!

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-20 18:11:29 -0600 Report

Well I know it's crazy to be at the bottom of the list, but thats how we are treated when we have no insurance sometimes. But you got to stick with it cause you need the help that they can give you. Start cutting back on different foods you eat, eat more veggies, even start to add a little exercise to your daily routine. Even it it's just going for a little walk. Sometimes it's like a never ending battle for the uninsured, but we got to hold on and wait it out, and ask all you questions.

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-20 18:19:08 -0600 Report

Thank you so much! It feels really good to know there are other people in this world that know exactly how i feel. I really appreciate all of the advice

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-20 18:40:32 -0600 Report

You are very welcome!! Anytime Im always here, you can even send messages. so anytime you want to talk Im here and willing. Just take care of yourself.

deafmack
deafmack 2009-12-21 20:55:48 -0600 Report

I am sorry that you were treated so rudely by the doctor in the ER. Saying this, all hospitals have some form of financial assistance as it is required by federal law and state law. Is the clinic you went to attached to this hospital you went to? If it is then you should be able to apply for and get financial assistance to pay for your medical bills , prescriptions, clinic visits, tests, and diabetes supplies, etc.
Also how do they know it is type 2? Did they run other tests to find out? If they said that because of weight and age, my red flags start waving.
Please stick around. I am finding this a great place for support.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-12-20 17:09:08 -0600 Report

That's a great site Harlen reccomended. Do you have any Family support? Are thereore clinics beside the one that wont deal with you? Stick around, more advice will come from the great members here. Good luck;
Jim

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-20 18:08:15 -0600 Report

My mom has been researching for me, but I really don't have a lot of family support. I'm glad I found this group.
Thanks!

Harlen
Harlen 2009-12-20 15:55:36 -0600 Report

Well frend your in the right place
http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
can give you all the info you need and here there are a lot of frends that can help
do you know what typ you are ?
are you on meds?
how long have you been DX?
hope to here from you soon
Harlen

Britt6383
Britt6383 2009-12-20 18:01:05 -0600 Report

It was only two months ago that I discovered that I have type 2 diabetes. I'm not on any meds.
Thank you so much for the link for the website. It's much appreciated

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-23 12:44:17 -0600 Report

Do you know what your AIc was? that blood test is done about every 3 mos to see where you are, some others can explain it better. Also do you have a lancet, a needle like tool that sticks your finger to get a drop of blood onto a white, paper strip? This will tell you what your blood sugar (referred to as BS) is for that moment. Normal runs differently for different folks, I think 80 to 120 is normal—-but there are so many things that can cause it to vary—I am not on Meds, totally—started on Metformin, then switched to Glipizide, which was too strong for my little problem, so am doing things differently, just the diet and exercise seems to be working for me at this time—- I am 77 yrs, was diagnosed just 3 years ago with type 2, and probably being elderly, more sedate lifestyle, in my case caused it to flare up, was also after a knee replacement—-stress I guess—- so now try to avoid sugars—-more on that one later from others——but I try to walk as much as I can, go to our chair excerise classes 3 times a week, and am doing fine! Best Of Luck in your new, learning experience! Pat Roth

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