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ldglide
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I'm to the point that I can't afford my insulin, and testing supplies, or my oral meds. for my diabetes. I'm a almost 59 year old female who is unemployed, I have no insurance, and I seem to fall through the creaks of any help from my state or the fed. gov. I have so much pain in my feet, lower legs, and hands that I can barely stand it anymore, does anyone else have these problems, and does anyone know how to get by, I'm not going to buy insulin this month, Just wanted to know.

 

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mollythed
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Re: supplies


ldglide wrote:

I'm to the point that I can't afford my insulin, and testing supplies, or my oral meds. for my diabetes. I'm a almost 59 year old female who is unemployed, I have no insurance, and I seem to fall through the creaks of any help from my state or the fed. gov. I have so much pain in my feet, lower legs, and hands that I can barely stand it anymore, does anyone else have these problems, and does anyone know how to get by, I'm not going to buy insulin this month, Just wanted to know.

 

ldglide


I'm going to hazard a guess that you have type 2 diabetes, if you think you can in any way get by without insulin for a month.  Please come over to the Adults with Type 2 forum and take a look at the topic called Resources for Discount Strips, Insulin Help, and Medical Assistance that appears in the pink section at the top of the list.  It's a collection of ideas about how to find help with paying for medications and medical help that just may help you.  If you post on that forum, and tell us a little more about how you are managing your diabetes, we may also have some other dieas that can help reduce your need for insulin.

 


"Molly"
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1995, now managed with Lantus, Novolog and Metformin; diet and exercise.
My husband and three adult sons also have type 2 diabetes.





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anitaargo
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Registered on: ‎08-25-2012

Re: supplies

Def. check out the links Molly mentioned.. You didn't mention the type of meds you were on ...and by no means am I trying to promote any specific brands or companies or Hospitals but those I mention here I found through using the ADA support links... and I'm just trying to share some places I found that could help me...I don't know the circumstances in the area or the hospitals there where you live but my CDE had a form that I could have a medical practitioner fill out for Novo that is for low income people, if I qualify they will provide my insulin for free, I filled out and sent in my form and if approved they will start shipping my insulin to my practitioner for me to pick up. Through my diabetic clinic at Legacy Hospital (also free or sliding scale for qualifying low income) I also found that the Partnership for Prescription Assistance program can help with 'some' medications for those who are low income as well #1-888-477-2669 or www.PPARx.org . If you do decide to contact any of these people they require proof of income on the forms they have you fill out and its good to have a list of the medicines and supplies you need in hand, so they can let you know if they can provide you with assistance or refer you to providers that may be able to help. 

 

I don't know what hospitals you have in your area but the free clinic I go to helped me apply for assistance through a local program for the low income and uninsured through the Providence Hospital, I don't know if your community has anything like this but you can ask your local clinics and or hospitals if they have any programs avail. I have found that some pharmacies offer free blood checks and some even have a diabetic specialist that you can make an appointment with to talk to about your health concerns (again these services are offered for free in some places).

 

I know how hard it can be not having health insurance and the supplies we need to manage our diabetes can be so expensive. The CDE office gave me a nice new meter but I still have to try to get the test strips...(she suggested eBay)...the links Molly gave offer some pretty good low cost alternatives (one of the better priced was through Walmart) and My free clinic mentioned Walgreens as having some decent prices on diabetic supplies. Your local pharmacist can tell you about coupon offers unfortunately most of those coupons require a prescription and I am still trying to find the best deals it's a long difficult process but when you don't have insurance unfortunately this is the way we have to work with the system :smileysad:

 

So don't be shy ask everyone you can think of and you might be surprised to find some assistance. Years ago (I don't know if they even offer it any more) the local state department of human welfare use to have a resource list for assistance. Some local churches helped with prescription costs for those in urgent need of medications (and no you did not need to be a member of their organization)...so leave no rock unturned :smileyhappy:

 

I wish you much luck!

Diagnosed Hypertention with Angina 4/2004 Untreated with meds until Re-Diagnosed as out of control Hypertention 7/21/12
Diagnosed Diabetic 8/16/12 with my first BG at 408 and my A1c at 11.6
Glipizide 1x per day
metFormin 3x per day
Lisinopril 1x per day
Chlorthyalidone 1x per day
Paxil 1x per day
low dose asprin- part of my heart regimine
ferrous sulfate - for my chronic anemia
D3 suppliment 1x per day
Claritin 1x per day