Diabetes has altered my life drastically. I have had multiple surgeries on my feet and my share of eye issues as well. The one good thing is the ongoing support I receive from my fellow diabetics. I have a few friends that are diabetic and I love to compare notes on how they deal with diabetes in their own way. Some things I have in common with them, and other things not so much. I’ve had extensive phone conversations and in person talks about how I deal with diabetes compared to the way they deal with it.
A good example would be what foods they eat versus the foods I eat, I have a friend who continues to eat fried foods and drink beer. His sugar numbers are much higher than mine, and we always argue about how to stay away from these foods and drinks to maintain a healthy diet. I have discussed in previous blogs about my straight forward approach to eating healthier and avoiding alcoholic beverages due to the high level of carbs, salt, cholesterol and most importantly the risk of heart attack or stroke. Let me be clear that all of my diabetic friends are different ages, weights, and have their own share of health issues. I usually debate with a friend that has high blood pressure like myself about what foods to eat. I might offer other foods that are a healthier alternative. The point of this example is to find common ground with a diabetic friend and try to help each other. Meal preparation and packing your lunch instead of buying lunch everyday is a healthier choice.
My second example is I argue with a few friends about how to eat four times a day versus two. I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack everyday. A few of my diabetic friends eat only twice a day, and their sugar numbers are out of control. The excuses I hear about not eating four times a day are I have no time to pack a lunch or dinner. It takes me generally an hour and a half to prepare my lunches and dinners for four work days. You have to watch your portions, and make healthy choices. My theory is you can find an hour and a half out of your week to help fight your diabetes. No excuses!
These are just two examples that I feel can make a difference. If you talk to your friends, or on a online group and compare notes and offer advice to one another, you can always learn something new.
The last part of my blog is in two parts. First I want to talk about my insurance company and what they cover as far as my diabetic supplies. I have only two prescriptions. Metformin and Losarten. My insurance company requires a $20.00 copay for each medicine. Fortunately I have supplemental insurance through my hospital that pays for what my primary insurance doesn’t. Sometimes I have to get eye drops for after a laser treatment or injection for my eyes. My insurance covers a partial amount of the cost, so I’m grateful for the supplemental insurance. Those drops can be very pricey, so be ready for hundreds of dollars out of your own pocket. Talk to your hospitals’ financial aid department about getting extra help to pay for your supplies.
Diabetic shoes are also very pricey, with your primary insurance only paying a small fraction of the total costs. My shoes were around $1500.00 and my insurance company only paid $500.00 towards them, so be warned!
The last section of this blog is a reference section to help you find affordable diabetic supplies in stores and online. I use Aquaphor to keep my feet moisturized . Target seems to have the lowest price on this item. $9.00 for a large tube.
Lancets for pricking your fingers to check your sugar can be pricey for a diabetic. Some insurance companies don’t cover these. They cover your test strips, but charge a high price for the lancets or don’t cover them at all. I found a site on Amazon called GPS medical supply that you can get 200 lancets for $5.00-$7.00 with free shipping. I hope these examples help!
My next blog I will discuss more about my successes and setbacks as a diabetic. Stay healthy and safe!