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2 years ago  ::  Nov 26, 2012 - 4:03PM #16
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
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I put out a friendship request to you and let me know when you approve it ok?  I am very curious about the call you are suppose to get today and the form for your doctor.  Maybe that will also get you more test strips.


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 25, 2012 - 12:08PM #15
goofybird
Posts: 15
type1

Sally. Pretty sure i've got transportation squared away. For $37.50 I can get 10 rides on Laketran, just gotta figure out their schedule. In regards to test strips, I called my medical provider and their supposed to get back to me on Monday. I guess there's some forms that need to be filled out by the doctor first.


I understand your feelings of wanting to contribute to society. I've actually refused certain medications simply because it felt like I was "taking" from those who work. I know thats going a bit too far, afterall, for many years I paid into the system too, but, thats how I really feel.


How tragic that you've lost two husbands. I'm at a loss for words on that because I can only imagine, you know? Glad to hear though, that you have a companion, and, a sister who was there when you needed someone. Having had numerous severe insulin reactions myself, had it not been for me being in the right place at the right time, I probably wouldn't be here today. lol ....Oh, and of course, I would be glad to be a friend of yours.

2 years ago  ::  Nov 25, 2012 - 10:10AM #14
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I hope that you will share if you got a ride for your doctor's appointment and if your provide will accept Walmart's products.  I am too lazy to look up the meters at Walmart.com.  I know there is the one that sells 50 strips for a container of 50 but you have to buy the right meter.  I use another because I have been told that insurances do not cover it.  But the one that I use sells strips low enough that Medicare will pay it's 80 % and I can end up with 100 for $8.99.


This is still much cheaper than many pay for their test strips.  I always wondered if you call the help number for the brand of meter that you have if they could guide you to a patient's assistance program for them.  It is a possibility to look into I think.  I know how many test strips it must take for someone with brittle diabetes.  What a horrible condition!


I know money is very tight for you and I do worry if you get the right food or even enough food or are there ways to get more from social agencies and state programs there.  If I lived alone with my income I know I would be able to get food stamps and low cost housing.  It is sad and yet a relief that I won't be homomeless in the future if I should lose my companion.  The future is always unpredicatable.  I know my disabilities would make it impossible to work even though I wish I could.  It would make me feel I can contribute to society.


I know how lonely it can be to live by yourself and how painful that is.  I have been a widow twice.  The first marriage was almost 28 years when he died. It was the first time in my life that I lived alone.  I call it the feeling of "aloneness" which is much worse than lonliness.  I married again a few years later and my new husband died a couple of weeks before our first anniversay.  I didn't adjust well to being alone at all.  I had developed type 2 diabetes and got diagnosed three weeks after my first husband died and was able to control with orals.  After my second husband died I eventually had to have insulin.  I had a dangerous low for the first time and thank God my sister was there to recognized that I was in crisis and helped me get the numbers back up. So I know how important it is for you to test often.


There always seems a way around problems if you get enough information and hunt every source that you can think of.  I would call your provider and see if they will pay for more test strips if the doctor says in a statement that you NEED them to control your diabetes and to tell them that you are a "brittle" diabetic.  I do have to fill out a monthly log and send it to a Walmart Center so I can get four but I am sure I could get more.  My doctor does write my prescription for four when normally I would only be allowed three a day because I am on Medicare and I take insulin.


I gave a lot of thought about you.  I am in a committed relationship so I am not looking for a romantic interest or anything and I do believe everybody should be able to have friends of the opposite sex on a very safe friendship level.  So if someday you wish to be a friend I hope you will consider befriending me to have someone to discuss diabetic issues with.


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2012 - 12:01AM #13
goofybird
Posts: 15
type1

Honestly, i've salvaged our relationship to a degree where although we are no longer compatable, she knows I will forever look out for her. So no Sally, you did not cause any pain. Its been a long time since i've really felt close to a woman. Over 30 years worth. I feel very selfish right now. I am very lonely. It hurts too much. I'll be Ok come morning.  

2 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2012 - 10:26PM #12
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I am sorry if I caused you pain Goofy Bird.  I know that you spent a long time in your marriage and that shows intense love.  I do understand that there are all kinds of situations that have to lead to divorce and sometimes it is love itself.  We cannot always provide for someone that we do love and have to allow someone to go so they will be taken care of.  I think it is so in your case.


You seem like a kind and caring man to me.  I hope that you will make it through Thanksgiving ok and that you will find a way to have your depression treated.  I can tell it is caused by circumstances and they are difficult circumstances for sure.  If you ever need someone to talk to just befriend me and we can talk privately. 


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2012 - 11:05AM #11
goofybird
Posts: 15
type1

 Sally, it is my ex-wife who suffers schizophrenia. This came about one year after our daughter was born progressively worsening to the point where she turned homicidal/suicidal. To date, haldol, at one time having been denied approval by medicaid, and despite several unsuccessful attempts to wean her off of it, remains the only medication that has had any profound affect on her condition. In retrospect, it had been a long 30 year struggle to maintain ourselves as a whole family unit, which in turn, and all details aside, is what eventually led to our divorce. .. As for me, i'm only guessing I am heading into a state of depression. Perhaps this is why I don't sleep much? Will call my provider and see if their willing to work with Walmart. I also need to make a doctors appt before they will renew my test strip prescription. All I gotta do now, is hope Laketran offers transportation to and from the clinic which is about 25 miles away. Thanks again Sally.

2 years ago  ::  Nov 19, 2012 - 8:52AM #10
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I have been thinking about you this morning and I hope that you are doing better with your depression and the feeling of being overwhelmed by circumstances.  I know how difficult life can be.  I am surprised that your medicade plan doesn't provide you basic services to where you need to go for appointments with the doctor and such.  Guess things are a little backward there under your plan.  I am also surprised that your doctor can't petition the medicade provider to give you more test strips.  I get mine at Walmart and I know my doctor writes a script for more than three and I have to send in logs to Walmart every month.  Once in a while the doctor has to fill out forms but not very often.  I wonder if Walmart and your plan could work something out like that.  It might pay to call your medicade provider to find out.


I understand how hard your life is.  I have a serious mental health condition myself.  I have components of bipolar mixed with schizophrenia.  It is called schizoaffective disorder.  Mine is taken care of with meds.  It also helps to have therapy too, but I went for years without the therapy.  It is sometimes such a good thing to seek out mental health services.  Your only dealing with depression?  I didn't understand if you or your wife has schizophrenia.  Life definately gives us some hurdles to jump in life but we can jump them when we try.


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 18, 2012 - 9:50PM #9
goofybird
Posts: 15
type1

  I'm a little slow too Sally. Good thing there's such a thing as email alerts, otherwise, I probably would get nowhere on the interweb. .........Wink

2 years ago  ::  Nov 18, 2012 - 8:56PM #8
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I guess I am a little slow replying.  sometimes I am just away from the computer.  I am so glad that you have been able to find a place cheaper.  The costs of pharmacies can really vary extremely alot.  It always pays to shop around.  I get my syringes with the Walmart brand too.  They are considerably cheaper than I have found anywhere else.


I am just thrilled that you came back to post.


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 14, 2012 - 9:48PM #7
goofybird
Posts: 15
type1

Sally. You just did help in two ways, one that I needed a little moral support, and two, I had no idea Walmart sold test strips cheaper than what I was paying online or elsewhere. .. Update; I questioned Riteaids excuse of why they would not simply exchange the test strips I returned. Their initial response having been that they were unable because my doctor had not prescribed the correct strips, soon turned to, they were simply out of them. .. Afterward, I requested a record of prescription payments, which in turn indicated many charges made by Riteaid far exceded the cost of prescriptions elsewhere. Most notably, antibiotics, heartburn medications, and you guessed it, glucose test strips.

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