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7/3/07 12:19 A

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Hi Di,
Thank you. I'm so gald htat your daughter is doing well now. It isn't easy and then we end up with all of these ailments and I think most of them are caused by stress....or at least aggrevated by it.
My daughter's left optic nerve never developed all the way, so she was blind in that eye. When she was about 18 mos. old, she got glaucoma in it and that's why it had to be removed.
Boy oh boy, do your niece and nephew sound like mine! They have a beautiful little boy together but they are on welfare while he sits around drinking all the time and she works as a stripper, hiding her income. I have to say that my sister didn't bring her son up like that but she always handed them everything and has bailed them out many, many times. She was a single mom and worked hard to keep their house up and raise her two sons. Now that she has a grandson, she worries constantly about him and does what she can for him but is finally putting her foot down with his parents. She's paid their rent, their bills, bought them a car twice, all for naught.
I guess there will always be people who abuse the system but it certainly isn't fair to those who truly NEED it.
Please don't apologize for venting. I don't mind and it's good for you.....for everyone. :o)
Take care.

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7/2/07 11:32 P

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Susan, well I do feel bad for you and your daughter, why did they have to take her eye out? My daughter was 2 months premature, and we had so many many high bills, she is beautiful and doing fine now but we were in and out of the hospital with her for many years.
The government should always be responsible for your daughter your husband didn't get aggent orange by accident or he didn't willingly expose himself, that stuff just gets me.
As far as the wellfare stuff, I have a niece and nephew who have totally abused the system and I just can't understand it, they were not raised that way. But they need to stick up for themselves and show there children that life isn't always easy. Instead there children look for handouts all the time. Well I guess my sister is to blame well according to her she has no money, well she had my husband pull a very large flat screen tv our of her car she lives with my dad for free so I guess her children have been taught that someone will give you handouts. Mom and dad always came to her rescue, [it is sickening] we have one color tv and one black and white, but we try to pay our bills I guess she doesn't really have any bills, as my dad takes care of it. Sorry about this I just do not like getting into all my stuff so will try not to from now on.
Blessings, Diana p.s. we have many people who use the system unfortunately.

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7/2/07 9:50 P

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You've got that right again, Diana. My husband is the same way. I think what makes it harder for him to understand is that he hasn't seen a doctor in years and doesn't take any meds, eats whatever he wants and is nice and slim and trim.
My youngest daughter has a lot of medical issues and is 31. She's only on the level of a 2 to 4 year old though. She was tested and her case was reviewed by the government and they agreed that her problems were caused by Agent Orange from my husband being in Vietnam in the army during the war. I lost the letter that they sent me saying that, and now they tell us that they have no record of it. I guess in the end it doesn't really matter because the government is taking care of her now but it would have made it a lot easier financially if they were honest about it and helped me when she was younger. I pointed out that I saved them a lot of money over the years, keeping her home with me unti she was 24 but it didn't matter. It was hard, having two other children to raise but I made it.
As you said, some of those on welfare that don't have to be, get all sorts of things handed to them at no charge, while we have to scrape by for ours. I'm glad it's there for those who need it but just don't like some of them taking advantage of it.
In the end though, yes....we do have to be our own best friends and hang in there. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark it gets.
When my daughter was little, she had to have her left eye removed. The insurance company considered a prosthesis to be "cosmetic" and didn't want to pay for it. We paid for it and appealed it and they did reimburse us in the end but imho, that was needless and they should have just paid for it in the first place. I guess that's justice for you once again.
Take care and just do the best you can.

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7/2/07 9:17 P

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Susan, oh I so agree with you, it used to be that it was so much easier to pay that little copay, but now well it cost us 1,000. a month for the insurance, and then well soooooo much over and above that, like last years bill was 21,000. My husband wondered were all the money went I showed him it is just so sickening,the one that really was bad, was when I went into my endos office for my pump I thought it was such a terrific thing, [it is] and I asked them if they forgot something, they said what? I said the sensor, as they show you that in every bit of information, I was told well you have to purchase it. So found out the cost and it was close to 1,800. for the sensor and I thought that was it, but oh no you need these disposable inserts into the skin stuff and each is 45. and are only good for 2 days. but what made me really upset is that the wellfare woman in front of me was given a sensor and "WE PAY FOR HER TO HAVE ONE BUT I CAN'T GET ONE BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT" tell me the justice in that. but like I have said I am thankful for what I do have, as if I didn't I wouldn't be here talking to you about all my ills lol Blessings, Diana p.s. yes the company was wrong and then when they argued with me telling me that it was user error as to why things were the way they were. So we all need to be ourselves best friends. Later, Take care.

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7/2/07 1:59 P

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Hi Di,
No, I didn't think that you weren't thankful for what your insurance hs done so far. I just know that it's hard, even with insurance but I also know that it could be much worse.
When I was raising my children, we had small co-pays for office visits and that was it. No co-pays for meds or the emergency room...or hospitalizations. We got the statements from the insurance company but never were billed for the portion that they didn't cover. They covered 80%. I know it was just a mark-up so nobody lost out really. But now, I have to pay $200 to $300 a month for meds and co-pays and that makes it very difficult.

It does sound more like the company was lax in informing you to stay away from a magnetic field. I'm glad that all got resolved for you and wish you luck in your further endeavors to make your life a little easier as far as your health goes.

My daughter has a Vagus Nerve Stimulator for the control of seizures and she can't go near a magnetic field either, as is true with my Mom's defibrulator/pacemaker. It's too bad you weren't told of this BEFORE you had your MRI's.

When all is said and done though, science certainly has come a long way to helping us maintain better health, hasn't it? I also thank God every day for helping me through everything, big or small.

I'm sorry once again for the long post. I have to stop running my fingers. LOL

Take care and have a wonderful afternoon.
Susan

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7/2/07 12:39 P

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Hi Susan and all, I don't want you to think that I am not thankful for what my insurance has done so far, as if I didn't have the pump then I would really be suffering still with the 12 shots a day.
So I am very lucky to have the pump, my first one I figured out was not working. I had had no luck with the pump after it was working for 4 months with no problems, I kept a log and most of my bs readings were at or near 500. I called and called the company, finally they sent me a new one, well all of a sudden things were working again. Two days later I recieved a letter from them stating never wear your pump near a magnetic field if I would have known that things would never been out of wack but I had 3 MRI's since I recieved the pump. So I am passing that info on. Thank you, Blessings, Diana

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7/2/07 10:33 A

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That's great advice Janeell. I take mine out of the refrigerator when I get my 1/2 banana to take my pills with. By the time I'm ready to take it it has warmed up enough to take some of the sting out. I wasn't sure if that was in my head or if it really helps, so I'm happy to see that you've confirmed my notion.
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7/2/07 10:27 A

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Hi Diana,
I'm so sorry to hear that and you're right...not to mention brave....to not give up. I've never heard of gastroparesis, so looked it up and what an affliction! I don't know why insurance companies have to make you pay so much for something so vital to your health. Why, oh why do the companies that make these vital devises and parts have to charge so much?! I would go along with your instructor's advice to do all you can to try to get them paid for. Don't they realize that by being so difficult, they add to your stress, which in turn adds to your problems?! My prayers are with you. My Mom has brittle blood pressure and my daughter has brittle TCP and I know how hard they are to work around/with. Best of luck to you, bless you and hang in there.
Susan

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7/2/07 2:12 A

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One other tip . . . roll the insulin bottle in your hands for a few minutes before you pull it into the syringe, to warm it up. It's more difficult to get air bubbles out of cold insulin and it also tends to sting more when it is injected cold.

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Susan hello yes I have been very brittle, had many mnay problems, but I am not giving up, the biggest problem is that I have the worst case of gastroparesis that Michigan has seen, that is why things are not so good, my instructor and my endo want me to get a sensor for the pump it is 1,500. and if that were all I would try very hard to get one, but the connectors that go into the skin cost 45. each, they last about 2 days. I cannot afford it but my instructor says log and send a letter every week and have your doctor send a couple of letters manybe someday they will help you out with it. I to have used my needles over and didn't want to tell a new user that it was ok my doc told me that if I had to to do it, us diabetics have to save somehow. Blessings, Diana

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7/1/07 11:19 P

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Hi,
I am an insulin user too and take Lantus at night and humalog 3 times a day. I was told to test my sugar level and take my insulin either 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after every meal and this has worked well for me. I use my needles 2 or 3 times each and have never used alcohol. That is how I was taught by my diabetic doctor and it has worked well. (No, she didn't say to use my needles more than once...I do that just to save money, being on lots of meds that cost me a bundle.)

Now, that being said, it probably depends on what your grandmother is used to. I would go by that, myself. My mother will be 85 this month and she uses her needles only once and always uses alcohol. That's probably because it's the way she was taught years ago and to be honest, it's probably safer. She takes all of her shots in her stomach while I take my Lantus in my stomach and my Humalog in my arm. I used to only use my stomach but when I had a month long battle with poison oak, I had it all over one side of my stomach and a little on the other side, so just to save too many shots in one area, I tried my arm and don't mind it at all.

Twelve shots a day before your pump?!?!?! WOW!!!! and OUCH!!!! And here I was thinking about asking about a pump for 4 shots a day!

Best of luck to everyone and especially to the person caring for her grandmother. That's wonderful of you! Please forgive me for forgetting your names. Unless they're right in front of me, I forget but don't mean anything by it. It's just my FM that likes to play tricks on me.
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7/1/07 10:59 P

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Hi All,

I am a nurse and an insulin user. You will be surprised at what I have to say. You may reuse a needle, I find 2 uses is enough. You do not always have to use an alcohol pad if you are the only person using the insulin bottle. If someone is older and not very mobile, I would then use alcohol. It is important to rotate your sites. I use my left side of my abdomen for Lantus and right side for novolog. Checking your blood sugar once in the morning is not enough. Pick a few times a day, but vary your times. Good choices are upon wakening, 2 hours after any meal, before any meal and before bed. This depends on your medication regime. I am happy to answer any additional questions. emoticon emoticon

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7/1/07 10:24 P

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Daunap, hello and thank you for caring for your grandma and wanting to do the very best for her.
Well until I had my pump I was shooting insulin 12 times a day. ugg, but your grandme may have some sensitive spots, they hurt but you may have to go by trial and error. The alcohol is a very important step. But after swabbing the bottle and the site for the shot, pull the seringe back to the amout of insulin to be given turn the needle and insulin vial upsidedown and pull that much insulin back into the sringe,Grab a small amount of skin were you intend to give the shot and pinch that skin and push the needle in, this takes some of the sting out of it. If it still hurts mark that as a no shot zone. Insulin tends to work better in your stomac, do not give a shot to close to the navel, but most of the other area is fair game. Then dispose of the needle, put the insulin back in the fridge. And your ready for the next. But make sure you test her sugars before and after shots, this will help you determine the amount of insulin your grandma should have a sliding scale to tell you how much when sugars are at a certain point. Blessings, Diana p.s. if you need more infor just ask.

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7/1/07 9:30 P

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THE SAFEST WAY OF USING INSOLIN IS TO KEEP ALCOHOL HANDY FOR CLEANSING PROPERLY. ALSO, NEVER US NEEDLES OVER AGAIN...THEY GET DULL AFTER FIRST USE. TRUST ME, I HAVE TRIED IT. IT IS SLOW IN LEARNING BUT IS EASY AFTER A FEW TIMES AND EASER LATER ON, LIKE A WEEK...
PREPARE THE FOOD AND HAVE IT READY...SO WHEN THE SHOT IS GIVE THE FOOD IS EATIN RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT ALLOW TO MANY MINUTES BETWEEN SHOT AND EATING.

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what type of information do you want?

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7/1/07 6:46 P

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Is there anyone here who can provide any tips for a first-time insulin giver? As I said in my intro thread, I'm taking care of my diabetic grandmother for the next couple weeks, and any tips on administering insulin shots would be more than welcome. (Yes, for the record, I will be consulting an RN, but further help or info is always good.)

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