What is (or was) your selling price?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-04-07 15:17:54 -0500
Started 2011-01-22 04:07:15 -0600

How much are you selling your health for?

Believe it or not, when you neglect your health you are actually selling your health!

Look at it this way, all medically diagnosed, caring diabetics eventually pay for their right to survive.
You must purchase supplies, tools, medications and medical care, if you do not, what happens?

Physical deterioration, and eventual demise!

Thus the selling of your health, not necessarily to the highest bidder, but rather to the profiteers of the medical industry, yet you do not get paid for it (check your pockets), you become the payer instead of the payee!

This is a business in which you have become an unwilling, but necessary investor!

As you get physically worse, your cost of trying to stay healthy increases.
It can lead to an avalanche of problems beginning with the doctors visits, the medical supplies, the worrying, the stress, and the aggravation.

Be a great accountant to yourself, make the right investment.
Save your time, save your money, save your health, and save yourself!


11 replies

pkwillhoite 2011-04-07 15:17:54 -0500 Report

WOW!! If that doesnt change someones mind to take better care then I dont think a whole lot will… GREAT comment!

Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-23 00:49:52 -0600 Report

You know, I never looked at it quit that way, instead I have thought about how much I am spending just because I am a diabetic with no health insurance. I have actually used the excuses like, "I haven't had money for test strips. . ." as an excuse as to why I have let my A1c get so high at times. . .more times than not, unfortunately.
It may cost more money than I can, or rather, would like to spend, but even if it only cost me one set amount, no matter how many other problems I may get, I guess it is worth it if it is going to save my life.
Thank you Mays, for the epiphany I just had.

re1ndeer 2011-01-22 18:47:32 -0600 Report

I've been pretty careful with my diabetes care, it's the other medical issues that have done me in. I've been in the hospital 7 times in the past 5 years.

Lucky for me I had insurance, but, insurance did not pay for all. I would say the cost over the past 5 years in the hospital was about $480,000.00, which I have paid out of pocket about $35,000.00.

Hopefully, this year I will not add to that total.

petals 2011-01-22 15:14:56 -0600 Report

Well said Mays. I got way from taking my sugar readings there for awhile, I am ashamed to admitt that, but it's true. And my AC1 level went up from 5 to 6.4, I am not happy about that, but it is my fault and noone else's. I am now taking it like I shoulld and I hope that my next lab work shows that my A!C is down.

jayabee52 2011-01-22 11:11:32 -0600 Report

I have paid for it BIG time! When first Dx'd I basically stuck my head in the sand, went into denial, ignored it. I thought I was saving my family money we didn't have. But I paid a big price. Even though later i became better with compliance, (after my future ex threatened to divorce me - she didn't at at that time but did years later over another matter) I paid a high price in pain (burning neuropthy of my feet/legs ) a series of ministrokes which disabled me, chronic kidney disease where I had to go on dialysis for 10 months (thought it'd be for life) hospital bills & dialysis bills I had to go bankrupt on. (bankrupt? that'd never happen to me I thought) My stmina is shot! Gotta build that up again. So yes, I paid a BIG price in so very many ways in my life. I am now just a bit worried that I am starting to get a bit senile, @ 58. That for me would be the hardest hit of all.

BandonBob 2011-01-22 10:47:31 -0600 Report

Mays you know that I am a fanatic about keeping records. According to my records the last 20 years of diabetes has cost me and my insurance company $45,000 and I didn't have any medication the first 15 years. Just goes to show how true your discussion is.

MAYS 2011-01-22 10:17:58 -0600 Report

This discussion is not an attack on neither the medical industry, nor the consumer, it's just a fact of life, there are consequences for every action in life, good or bad.

Everything in our world is currently associated with business, and the purpose of any business is to make money.
The medical industry is broad, and is needed whether or not we like to admit it.
The betterment of one's health begins not with the medical industry, but rather with the individual!

Manage your diabetes!


Mrs. Tenacious
Mrs. Tenacious 2011-01-22 07:26:20 -0600 Report

Hello Mays! Your post is very true…fortunately I have been pretty good with keeping up on my health…until this episode. I made the mistake of letting myself get talked out of taking my levels…if I had faithfully took it I wouldn't have been in such danger. I am going through all kinds of medication changes and I guess the last thing on my mind was taking readings…I have learned my lesson and I have acknowledged, but not fully accepted I have diabetes. Be Blessed!

MAYS 2011-01-22 10:09:46 -0600 Report

Thank you for commenting.
Are you back on track monitoring, and managing your diabetes?

Mrs. Tenacious
Mrs. Tenacious 2011-01-22 10:36:50 -0600 Report

Yes! I was too close to serious problems continuing to stick my head in the sand! I did not take the chance to do this without medicing as dutifully as I should have, I am just glad that God has given me a second chance to get it right! It is coming down slowly, but it is going to take time…it has only been a few days. By the way…I love that rose…they are my favorite flower! Be Blessed Mays!

roshy 2011-01-22 11:20:09 -0600 Report

classic diabetic behavour that sticking your head in the sand trick!!! sadly it gets you nowhere !!! ive been given plenty of chances and still havent gotten it right! the only thing which came out of it is the realisation that diabetes is a problem which wont go away and no matter how much you try to hide from it it finds you in the end!!!

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