BMW9295 I am sorry you are going through such difficulty in getting your meds. I have been there and done that! In fact, I was very sick and in ketroacidosis which is usually life threatening. With the help and support of my sister, I changed doctors and the nurse at the new clinic helped me get onto a compassionate program where the manufacturer sent some coupons for my insulin. She also gave me some strips so I could test..... I am now on a program that pays for up to $500 a year towards the cost of my testing supplies and pen needles. The province where I live has recently included my insulin in it's Blue Cross coverage so I no longer get it free, but pay $25.00 per month (It is normally over $192 for a month's supply) With no work and no income, there was no way I could afford it before.....
Do you have insurance and can you go to a doctor? Do you have a diabetes educator? Try to see if they knos of any such programs -- manufacturer sponsored, not hospital or clinic
Good luck to you and I wish you all the best as you try to get back into control.....
Try hard to think about this as a healthy living site not a weight loss site. If you concentrate and feel anxious not losing any weight you can get discouraged. When you see the FBS numbers and A1C numbers going down that is the real deal. When someone says you look like you are losing weight smile and feel good, do not feel I have not lost weight.
I have gone down 3 dress and pants sizes at the same weight. My A1c was 8.8 now it is 5.4. Think Healthy not weight loss it will happen but the healthy is the greater benefit. Pat in Maine.
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I wish you luck in your journey. It is very very difficult... I know as most of us do. I struggle because I have no insurance and no money to get meds or supplies. I have tried the health department and county hospital but they are all bankrupt and still charge for everything.....so that is no longer and option for me to get help. My husband is disabled and we are still waiting on his disability. My job went from 12 hours a week to 4 and that barely puts gas in the car each week, I have always been out of control with my blood sugar even with meds and am now without them. I have been here on spark since April, but have no clue what is going on with my diabetes. I know I feel better is all I can say. I have been a diabetic since 2004 for full blown diabetes.. I was gestational with my youngest son and he is 17 now.
My point in telling you all that is it can be done. Here on sp you have lots of support and you will have encouragement.
Track EVERYTHING you eat and drink! Drink that water! Even if you have to add lemon juice or sugar free kool aide for flavor... watch out for flavored water because they contain sweeteners and sodium that might effect you.
Get moving.... I KNOW for a fact that has played a major part in my feeling better. Even if it is just dancing around the house for 10 minutes at a time... or going up and down stairs. Remember 10 minutes at a time will help. Strength train too.... even if you have to use can goods. The benefits for a diabetic is amazing when it comes to strength training. I know with you being in Arkansas the heat is unbearable... I am from Alabama... so take it easy, but do it.... do something, do anything.. just 10 minutes at at time. Do it for you! Do it for your family! You are worth it! They are worth it! Don't forget to track your fitness here too.... . Anyway.. this is a great place to be. I am glad you are here!
13,000... Good to know. I wear a pedometer as well and I focused on 10,000. So I will make sure I wear all day to capture all of my steps and focus on 13,000. I need to pick up one for my husband as well. Thanks!!!!
I'm with you Carrie! It took a wake up call at the doctor's office to get me back on track. I wear a pedometer, and I am amazed how many steps I take in a day. I strive for 10,000, but I think I read somewhere that over 13,000 is great towards weight loss.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
My recommendations to help you gain control of your diabetes is to eat exactly as your diabetic nurse prescribes (or your doctor). Take your medication exactly on time every day, exercise and get a lot of rest. I know you must be tired most of the time! REST, REST, REST. Rest will help lower your blood pressure, keep you calm (which reminds me - minimize your stress). Find a quiet hobby - reading, sewing, knitting, gardening (something). If your kids are not on a schedule, get them on one and keep it religiously! Read a lot about diabetes - books, magazine articles, pamphlets, etc. Knowledge is powerful. Organize your life. Don't operate out of control. Learn to say no more times than not. It is truly about you!!! You can do this.
Welcome Carie! Great to have you on the team. Many of us have had similar experiences. We are here for you. Post often - ask any questions you may have and let us know how you are doing. Carol
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My name is Carie and I live with my 2 kids in NW Arkansas. I have had Type II since my 21st birthday (that was 14 years ago). I have managed my glucose from time to time ... I was really tight during my 2 pregnancies. However, it took a recently scare (all the lovely bloodwork) to kick me in the pants. My A1C was 9.9!!!! So I am working hard changing my eating habits and taking my meds as prescribed. I have become more active but still not a lot of daily exercising yet. I have been doing this for 2 weeks and I have noticed my daily glucose levels going down. A few people even commented on my weightloss (not sure if I have lost any though).
I hope everyone is having great sucess and I look forward to being on the team!
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