I forgot, both of my insulins are brand names, in addition to the other four meds. And I found out the Diovan is nearly $400 a month; each insulin is over $100... plus all of my other meds. Thankfully, my insurance covers most of the cost. I am not supposed to have co-pays, however, I get billed them anyway, and however many times I call about it I get that many different versions of what I am supposed to pay or not pay. I wish I could do without ALL of my meds!
If I was taking Actos, I would definitely switch. It is one of the meds I have severe adverse reactions to though.
I wish my insulin was generic. The cost is outrageous! I wish some of my other meds were also generic, I would switch. At least 4 of my meds are brand names, and it would be a HUGE help if I could get generics instead.
I cannot wear any kind of "diabetic sock" as they have horrid seams that feel like razor blades across my toes, they are too loose and fall down and cause blisters. I have tried several brands courtesy of several friends, and could not tolerate any of them. I gave them away. [ I do thank my kind friends for trying to help out.>
The socks that work best for me are Bobbie Brooks [I think>, and are 100% cotton with pink toe and heels. They are very soft and comfy on my feet. I get them at the local Dollar Store, and they are about $5 for 6 pair. I like the crew socks best as my legs/ankles get cold in cool weather easily.
It seems like anything labeled with "diabetic" or some other special need automatically has the price jacked up very high. It is not necessarily good for that need either.
Before I was diagnosed as diabetic, my PA misdiagnosed the neuropathy in my legs as many other things for 3 years, and had me on support hose for a bit. They hurt like crazy; turned my legs dark purple and other problems. I finally ditched them even though they were $12/pair and my legs are okay. I will not go back to support hose again, but that is me. I would be very cautious about using them if your doctor says to.
Hi Dusty, I hope you find some good socks that work for your feet. Hugs,
I think "cured" is the wrong word. Your current program seems to be controlling your blood sugars, that is not the same thing as "cured". Diabetes is for life, you must take care of it the rest of your life, or it will again get out of control and cause you trouble. Just because it is "controlled" does not mean you are "cured", nor does it mean you will never have complications from the diabetes.
A friend of mine tried to tell everyone he was "cured" of his diabetes because he had his sugars under control with diet and exercise. He bragged about it considerably. Then he had a major heart attack with more than 50% heart damage. He will not survive another heart attack. He also has a phobia of taking insulin for some reason, but he would do much better to be on insulin. Diabetes damages your organs, including your heart. Oh yeah, he is back on diabetes meds, not sure which. His sugars had gone back up without his noticing it.
I hope you keep up the good work, just remember you must do this for life, not just a little while. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and at some point you may have to go back to your meds. That is just how diabetes is.
Ok, some of you have mentioned "hijacking" the boards. What are you talking about ? I have never seen this board or any board "hijacked". Back around 2003/2004, we had a rogue poster who kept attacking certain members. But I don't know that he "hijacked" the board ?
Part of the "learning experience" is learning to take responsibility for and care of oneself. Learn to be independant Den, "it is a good thing" as Martha Stewart says. Being independant is fun, really, and will boost your self esteem. You CAN do it, just have at it.
I take care myself, always have. I have been on my own since age 16, and earned my own keep.
I have one grown son here at home for awhile, but he will eventually move back out. While he is here he is helping with heavy jobs that I can't do; but I am also helping him out with a place to stay and whatnot temporarily. When he moves back out, I will be alone again, naturally. [pun intended> ... That is just how things are.
My aunt died on her 92d bday at home in her own bed, and that is how she wanted it. A few years before that, she had a fall and fractured her pelvis. Her hearing aids were at home, not in the hospital. Plus they had her over medicated, and her doctor tried to tell us she had 'advanced Alzheimer's', which was a lie. When she got her hearing aids in --he never knew she was stone deaf-- and her meds adjusted, she fired her doctor and gave him what for royally! She also lambasted, the nurses, my brother, our cousin, and anyone else who came around. She arranged for her handyman to put a bathroom on her first floor, had my brother and cousin move the dining room things upstairs and her bedroom things downstairs, she learned how to transfer herself from the bed to wheelchair and back again, she arranged for her own in home health aide, etc. The nurses wrote on her chart in big red letters: FIERCELY INDEPENDANT. She refused nursing home care for any reason. She had a clear mind until she died.
Learn to be independant and do for yourself, and finding some local friends would be nice too. I am not here all the time, but I can be a cyber friend.
I do not consider it a 'disablity', you can do anyting anyone else does if you take care of the diabetes and your other health issues.
The complications of diabetes can cause you to be disabled enough not to work. I have diabetic neuropathy which gives me problems walking, and losing my balance easily. I have other health issues that keep me from working, and yes, I am on disability. I do not consider myself "diabled" though, and do just about anything except drive a vehicle. That is due to another health issue, and keeps me from having a job around here. If I had an online job, that would be great. Finding one is the problem.
I like to soak my feet now and then, and putting some minty mouthwash and bathsalts in the water makes it lovely...
I have not taken a 'bath' in over 12 years... I much prefer showers.
J&J is just covering their a** in case something bad happens while you use their product.
Some products that I like for my feet: Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter, Max Block After Sun Lotion, any kind of body butter, foot scrubs with peppermint in them, any good rich lotion. Mouthwash kills lots of germs, and it feels really good in a foot soak.
I can barely reach my feet to do my nails any more, too much arthritis in my hips and knees and back. I may have to give in and start on a podatrist, but they do not do nails the way I like mine-- short, to the quick. I cannot stand having my nails long. I would have to re do anything a foot doc does, so it is not worth the bother or expense.