Supplies for Unemployed Diabetic

madameblue
By madameblue Latest Reply 2011-02-20 00:25:33 -0600
Started 2011-02-17 02:47:09 -0600

Hubby was just diagnosed last week. We spent our last dime paying rent and Dr Bills. His work has no Temp. Disability. We ran out of $$ to buy medical supplies. We have enough to get through the week. He cannot see that well. I can't have him going back to work like this just to keep a roof over our heads. His blood sugar is between 140-160, which his MD said is ideal for now. He is insulin dependent. I called the United Way. They told me to call The Diabetes Association. Any other suggestions? This does come up from time to time; in today's economy.


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Lucinda Sullivan
Lucinda Sullivan 2011-02-20 00:25:33 -0600 Report

Hello. I work for the state of Connecticut. I am not sure what state you live in but he may be eligible for State Assistance. I am not sure what kind of assistance your state or town social service agencies offer. I know in Connecticut there is state insurance that pays for all medical supplies. You might want to look into that. For income would he be able to apply for temporary un-employment benefits? Some things to look into. Good Luck!

VickieF
VickieF 2011-02-19 22:24:20 -0600 Report

I mentioned the other day about finding a site for free meters. It is Defeat Diabetes Foundation.
http://www.defeatdiabetes.org/
You send them an email letting them know that you need a meter and supplies. I did and recieved a meter and kit, along with 10 test strips. It was very quick, 2 days. The meter I recieved was a TRUEbalance. I then looked online to find test strips for it. Bummer none at walgreens or walmart. So I just typed in the name of the meter on Bing. Yeah! I found a store to mail order them.
100 test strips for $18.35 @ http://health.beanworthy.com/TrueBalance-Test...;;

The strips are as inexpensive as I have been able to find for any strips.
I Hope this helps. I know it will me. I did not know how in the world I was going to be able to afford test strips. :)
Vickie

veggie1962
veggie1962 2011-02-19 17:16:44 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear of your situation madameblue.

I'm not sure if you have health insurance or not. Either way, you might want to check out this link to find a Community Health Center. You should be able to go there with or without insurance. If they have a Community Health Pharmacy, you might be able to get insulin for a ridiculously low price through them, possibly free.

http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC....

I hope things look up for you and your husband. Let us know how you make out.

Steve45694
Steve45694 2011-02-17 14:11:05 -0600 Report

You can go to the insulin manufacturer's web site and their should be a link to be able to get some help with his insulin. Some pharmaceutical companies will help you get your meds. In some cases you can get it at no cost to you, or little out of pocket. Also his Dr. may be able to help him get is diabetic meds and supplies at no cost or very little cost. May be worth a call to the doctor! I hope this helps!

MAYS
madameblue
madameblue 2011-02-17 02:48:25 -0600 Report

Correction, he does have a job, he can't work it for a few more weeks. He is hourly, not salaried wage.

VickieF
VickieF 2011-02-17 05:12:32 -0600 Report

You started a discussion.

This might help some of us with no insurance!
I was checking out some sites for ackucheck and came across this site. http://www.defeatdiabetes.org To recieve a free meter and test strips you have to send them an email to glucometer@DefeatDiabetes.org small I sent them an email
Maybe this will hep.

VickieF
VickieF 2011-02-19 22:15:39 -0600 Report

I mentioned the other day about finding a site for free meters. It is Defeat Diabetes Foundation.
http://www.defeatdiabetes.org/
You send them an email letting them know that you need a meter and supplies. I did and recieved a meter and kit, along with 10 test strips. It was very quick, 2 days. The meter I recieved was a TRUEbalance. I then looked online to find test strips for it. Bummer none at walgreens or walmart. So I just typed in the name of the meter on Bing. Yeah! I found a store to mail order them.
100 test strips for $18.35 @ http://health.beanworthy.com/TrueBalance-Test...;

The strips are as inexpensive as I have been able to find for any strips.
I Hope this helps. I know it will me. I did not know how in the world I was going to be able to afford test strips. :)
Vickie

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