Help when you have no insurance

By lonnysarao Latest Reply 2010-10-12 10:47:42 -0500
Started 2010-10-10 16:19:38 -0500

I have been diabetic for at least 9 years. I just found out the other day that I can get slow acting insulin over the counter cheaper than my presription for Novalog. Knowledge can save your life. Now I want to know more. Please help me gather information that can help us get the medical attention we need and medications.

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hcspencer 2010-10-11 02:00:02 -0500 Report

I just lost my insurance this past June, 2010 and am LIVID about it!!! WHat help can I receive??? I take Novolog and Lantus…Due to the Diabetes, I now have high cholesterol, hypoactive thyroid and an exacerbation of other health problems, i.e. osteoporosis, premature-ovarian failure…WHAT RESOURCES ARE OUT THERE???? Thanks to whomever offers suggestions and tips!!! Have a blessed day!

bgmullins 2010-10-12 10:47:42 -0500 Report

Look on the website at " They can help. Good luck and try not to worry. There are sites out there that are very helpful. If you don't get any results right away, you can also try Medicaid. I just recently found out that I also have high cholesterol which I was prescribed Lipitor. 90 days of that medication is $110!!!!! Also, keep a line open with your pharmacist. They go to college for their degree and know everything about pharmaceuticals. A practicing doctor takes only 4 weeks' worth of classes for pharmaceuticals. My pharmacist has helped me tremendously in suggesting alternative generics. Good luck!

lonnysarao 2010-10-11 02:03:47 -0500 Report

I took the same meds as you along with 9 other meds. I fixed my own health over a period of six months. I then went to the doctor and had tests. He was amazed. If you want to follow what I did, you WILL be successful, but you might not like it. I did this all without insurance or doctors. I lost 80 lbs and I am still loosing after two years

Chrissy6341 2010-10-11 05:00:50 -0500 Report

Wow that is great, your weight loss. I am very interested to hear what you did. If you don't mind. Christine

lonnysarao 2010-10-11 11:14:22 -0500 Report

I started a very strict program. As I went on, I got stricter and stricter. The first thing I did was to cut out bread. I found that my body was not tolerating wheat so well anyway. After a while, if I would go back to eating bread for a day, I would find myself clearing my throat a lot. Everybody is different though so keep that in mind. Then I stopped eating all starch. I ate no Pasta, bread, rice, or potatoes no matter what their color. After this I deleted peas and carrots from my diet. At one point I was eating only plain yogurt every three or four hours. Yogurt has the proper amount of protein, carbs, and fat in one easy food. I eat fish, chicken and cottage cheese. I made sure I checked my sugars often so I could adjust my insulin intake. I was very careful. I have kept the weight off. Oh, BTW, I was sure to include exercise. Just a nice walk each day and some slow weight lifting with breathing and stretching in between.

Chrissy6341 2010-10-11 16:33:02 -0500 Report

Wow that is strict. There is only 1, no 2 problems, I don't like yogurt or cottage cheese. I don't have to worry about carrots, I only eat them raw and pea's, well lets just say they fall in with the yogurt. If and when I eat pasta, brown rice or bread, I buy whole grain/wheat and check the carb's. I do eat a lot of chicken, turkey meat and tuna. I love spinach and eat that almost every night,has to be fresh, cooked with onion powder. I love salad and will put chicken in it and sometimes a chopped up hard boiled egg.
I am not on insulin, just oral meds. I check my bs many times during the day. But if it goes below 110 I start to get the shakes and weird feelings, so I have to eat 1 or 2 starbursts to stop the feeling.
I am still learning and have losted 27 lbs since being diagnosed in Aug this year.
Thank you for the info. I will def keep it in my mind and use some of it.

lonnysarao 2010-10-11 16:40:57 -0500 Report

I have found that it does not matter what color the wheat is… whether it "says" whole grain or not. It is all just BS, and it ALL makes my sugars go up. Raw carrots are just as deadly to me as cooked. The best thing for me is to not eat at all, hahaha, but seriously, I can not get strict enough if I want to keep my sugars regulated. i wish someone knew a better way.

Chrissy6341 2010-10-12 03:21:47 -0500 Report

A better way would be great, especially if there was no thing as Diabetes..
Wow mine go up about 10 but nothing higher. You can't go without eating, I have been yelled at for that, : ( even when I am not feeling well they tell me to eat soup, crackers or toast.

kdroberts 2010-10-10 20:06:03 -0500 Report

Just be very careful. The insulin you can get OTC is very different to novolog and can be very dangerous if you don't switch over correctly.

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