To MicheleG42: I work at a pharmacy so I have a few cost saving tips. First, you are using brand name forms of insulin so check online for manufacturor coupons. Sometimes they are really good. If possible, use vial insulin rather than pen, maybe just for the long acting form, because it usually costs a lot less. Also get in touch with your insurance company, sometimes certain types of insulin are covered better than others. Keep your doctor in the loop of course. Certain types may be less ideal but being able to keep taking it is important. I know Wal-Mart has a lower cost form of insulin they package, and that's worth a look too. Best of luck.View Thread
The only help any of us can give is to tell you, you aren't going to get better at this point without a doctor's help. Even if you started eating right, and exercising a lot, and doing everything perfectly, some of that damage could be irreversable even with a doctor's help. There is no magic pill, supplement, or charm that we can point you toward. Please, look around in your community for resources, check with charities, save your money, or else get used to the deterioration.View Thread
Thanks for the link, Nutrijoy. I'd been looking for information about that, and don't find your posts confusing at all.
I also dislike censorship of the type you are noticing. It is likely due to users reporting, since the forums themselves aren't actively moderated. For myself, I only report things like duplicate posts, but I agree with you, it is quite irksome, no matter what the original cause.View Thread
I had a pharmacist friend tell me that sometimes jams like that are caused by a faulty pen needle. Try a new one and see if it still does the same thing. Many times this fixes it, at least according to my friend.View Thread
Look at additives in your normal foods. Have you changed brands lately? Some brands will add things to their products that others don't and that could affect things. For example, one brand of chicken breast I buy has a 15% solution added to plump it, the other brand doesn't. Food for thought.View Thread
To maximize your benefit, use the mail order service if possible. If you can use one or both of your insulins in vial form it costs less also. Once you get to the point where you are paying half, contact the manufacturer or go to their website and you can often find coupons or other discounts. Those can usually only be used at a local retail pharmacy but they can be helpful especially once your insurance runs out. Hope some of this helps, I work at a mail order pharmacy (not cvs caremark).View Thread
I get mine at Kroger (Fry's grocery store) for about $2.49 for 40 packets or $3.99 for 80 when it's not on sale. It's about $5 for 40 packets at the local Sprouts, ha ha! I get the store brand replacement for Truvia and find it to be very nice. It doesn't mess up my blood sugar and tastes pretty good. Some people find it bitter but I don't.View Thread
Agreed. I come on this board for information to help my father and also to help stave off my prediabetes, but many times I am struck by the near-hostility of many posters. Saying something like "Don't you read labels??" for example, is not the best way to approach someone you are trying to give advice to. We all are here for a common purpose, to improve our health. It's perfectly possible to speak truth and share information without talking down or being mean about it. To the folks who are polite and friendly, and there are several on this board, you have my heartfelt thanks.View Thread
Coke Zero might be bad for you, but if it helps someone break their addiction to something that is harming them even more then I just would congratulate them on taking better control of their diabetes. Maybe eventually they can move on to something better for them. Meantime, manageable steps is the way to go, so that those bits of progress can actually be maintained.
I congratulate the OP on making progress on controlling their diabetes, and hope they continue to improve.View Thread