going to the dr.

By cat1 Latest Reply 2010-04-28 16:01:54 -0500
Started 2010-04-27 21:34:28 -0500

How many of you go to the dr? and how often.I can only go once a year. I go to the health center which they test once a year.I dont have insur. I cant afford the to take the test.the health deparment charges a very small fee. and then sends it to my Dr.

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runthe 2010-04-28 16:01:54 -0500 Report

Hello, i am also uninsured and i go to the county for my medical needs. I have 3 doctor. I see my PCP every 3 months and since my sugar is not in control i go to the diabetic clinic every other month. I have been a type 2 for one year and i take insulin shots two time a day and metformin 2 times a day. I feel you I hate needles to. I live in a big city so there are a lot of low income clinics here. good luck to you

GabbyPA 2010-04-28 10:42:46 -0500 Report

I am also uninsured and my family unit (3 generations) makes too much collectively for me to receive any aid from the government (which is actually quite fine with me, don't get me started)

Anyway, I found a clinic in a near by town that charges on a sliding scale. For me that was a life saver. It only costs me $13 for a lab test and about $10 for my office visits. I was going every 3 months, but the doctor is very happy with my progress and he has changed it to every 6 months.

I found this clinic by contacting my local hospital and asking about their "free care" program. They gave me the clinic number and I have been going since. It is not as nice as when I went to my doctor when I had insurance, but the doctor is good and that is all that matters to me.

Robbibird3 2010-04-28 08:51:30 -0500 Report

Hi there,
I am on a government income and insurance. I see my primary care doctor every two to three months unless something comes up sooner. Right now my sugars are not under control. They are higher now than what they use to be. After my last visit a week and a half ago he decided I should test 4 or more times a day and I don't always remember but I do keep a written record that I take back and forth to doctor visits with me.
I am also currently having problems with my medications and saw both my regular doctor and my gastroenterologist a day apart from each other. After reading a diary of what has been going on they decided that I should add my medication from the list of those that I cannot take without vomiting within 24-48 hours. So add one at a time and take for a week if no issues add another until hopefully we narrow down to one culprit or maybe it's more than one. I don't know yet, too early in my experimentation.
Your message gives no specifics. Why can you only go once a year? Are you employed or unemployed? Low, average or high income? From what little you wrote I'm guessing you only go once a year because of finances. It is possible that you may qualify for help from your state or government but like I said I'm working blindly with suggestions for lack of info.
I know that if you have income limitations and fall between guidelines that there is help available out there. I should know because I have to depend upon them to keep my hubby and me happy, healthy and safe.

10fluffy35 2010-04-28 05:29:31 -0500 Report

I go every three mo. just to my regular dr. Since I started on
medicare two years ago co pays just keep going up on my
Anthem senior. $10 to $25. I am trying to stay off of insulin,
so I try to do what she asks me to do. I know it is hard not
to have insurance, but don't be to proud to ask for help.
This site and people have a wealth of information to

spiritwalker 2010-04-27 22:22:18 -0500 Report

Welcom to DC. I am a type2, on insulin. I see my Endo(diabetic
specialist) twice a year. I test myself 4x daily more if I fell I
need it. I can reach him anytime I need too. I have been diabetic for 25 years. The first years he saw me and adjusted diet every 3 months. I was strictly diet control my first 10 years.

cat1 2010-04-28 09:12:55 -0500 Report

wow, spiritwalker,Im a type two also. I take metaformin and glipzide twice a day. I'm really scared to go on shots I HHHHate needles. I also test on my arm not my fingers it huets. I guess I'm a big chicken. Did it scare you when you had to go on shots.

spiritwalker 2010-04-28 13:08:50 -0500 Report

No it didn't worry me to take the shoots. I am a retired nurse. I had given them to other people, now I have one a day myself. The needles for insulin are tiny. There
are also prep wipes with with a numbing agent if you have sensitive skin. You maybe
able to stay off insulin. Control your carbs,exercise,and take oral Rx as directed.
Many type2's take oral meds all their lives. I am allergic to many of the orals. That
is the reason I am on insulin. Good Luck.

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