can not affored my testing supplys

By tboltz Latest Reply 2010-12-12 11:01:04 -0600
Started 2010-12-11 09:20:39 -0600

recently lost my job and no income now anyone know how to get free testing supplys

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Kirla 2010-12-12 11:01:04 -0600 Report

Wal-Mart sells a meter for less than $10.00. Strips cost about $20.00 for a box of 50. If you test 2 times a day, a box of strips should last for several weeks.

Normally I recommend testing before and 1 hour after each meal to see how the foods you eat spikes your blood sugar. But you will need to test less often. If you start testing one meal a day for several days until you have a good idea what spikes your blood sugar, then go on to another meal. Test that one for several days till you get a good idea of what foods are spiking your blood sugar. It shouldn’t take to long before you find out what you can and cannot eat. Once your numbers come down you will only need to test maybe once a day or so to make sure you’re eating plan is still working.

By testing before and after eating I found that starchy foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label, all spiked my blood sugar.

After being diagnosed I started to eat a salad every night at supper, lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. I found chicken, fish, beef or pork doesn’t spike my blood sugar. Seeds and nuts are good also. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

Were all different and what spikes one person may or may not spike you. But until you find out for yourself what foods do spike your blood sugar, eating the foods above and cutting back or eliminating the other foods should give you a good start.

I hope this helps you some. I found that getting my numbers under control was all about what I ate. By following what I did above my blood sugar went from the 300+ range to normal numbers in about 4-6 weeks. A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months. My last A1C was 5.2. All A1C's after the 14.1 were all under 6. A lot of people find that exercising everyday also help with blood sugar control.

Good luck

realsis77 2010-12-11 11:24:19 -0600 Report

Hi my heart goes out to you! I feel blessed my insurance covers mine but if it didn't id be in serious trouble.if I were you id go to my local health department and explain my situation and maybe they have programs you can get into. I went to the health dept. To find a program for a free sharps container for my used syringes. The directed me to a program and I got mine for free.the health dept knows of all community programs and can likely help you! Also the department of human services can sign you up for medicare or medical what ever its called in your state. Id apply immediatly for that! You will qualify because of loss of job! These two resources are the two id try first. I also went to the department of human services for help paying my copays and received medical as a secondary. Insurance. Just fill out. The paperwork and you will be covered for supplies and doctors visits! Id go immeditatly and apply because it takes a few weeks. All you need to qualify is proof of income and if you have no income you qualify if income is low enough. My income was because I'm on ssi. This will help you a lot! It will cover all your needs for no cost! Please go immeditatly and ask for help! You will be glad you did! I'm so very sorry your in this situation! Its soo awful! You need to take care of yourself ! Please take my advice and you will be covered for all your needs. Its the department of human services and you don't need an appointment.good luck to you! I really hope everything works out for you! Keep us posted on how things are going for you ok? Go apply soon as possiable ok?

TriciaB 2010-12-11 10:24:17 -0600 Report

Try asking your doctor if they know if there is a way to get free supplies. Another thing I would try is to call the manufacturer of the meter to see if they have any programs. Your local health department might also have a program where you can get free supplies.

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