The Cost of Good Health

I am thankful every-single-day that I have good insurance (through my husband’s work.) But it still makes my jaw drop when I see the breakdown of what just 3 months worth of test strips, lancets, and insulin pump supplies cost:

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That does not include insulin itself, or my CGM sensors, which I’m sure would add on more crazy $$. Suffice it to say, I feel confident that without insurance, I would be paying around $1,000- $2,000 per month for all of the prescriptions and supplies I need just to stay alive. Now, could I stay alive using only insulin and syringes, and not using all the fancy technology? Sure. But you’d better believe my *quality* of life would not be the same. Having my insulin pump and CGM have helped me really rein in my blood sugars, which we all know helps keep our bodies from getting worn out so soon from so many highs and lows all over the place. Am I perfect in my blood sugar management? Heck no. But with these tools, I’ve come a long way from when I was on Regular and NPH injections when I was first diagnosed in 1994. My A1Cs were never below 9 until I went on the insulin pump. Ever since, they have been 7 or below, and for several years now, hovering under 6.5. I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible, and hope and pray I have good insurance and can afford all of my diabetes prescriptions and supplies for the rest of my life (or until they find a cure, right??)

Diabetapedia and Check-in Day

In looking up a reference URL to link here for DOC (Diabetes Online Community), I came across said link to Diabetapedia.com – am I just slow on the uptake of finding this? How long has this been around? Have any of you guys submitted information to it? And does anyone else think they are kind of stealing Kerri’s tagline? I’m not sure how I feel about this…..I really like the idea of a diabetes-wikipedia-type site, but I guess I am a little suspicious when anything is sponsored/run by “big pharma.” There always seems to be a (not-so) secret agenda of them getting money and marketing from it, and regardless of who provides the information, there’s always something in the back of my mind that questions their motivations and the data that’s given because I feel they have their own agenda behind providing it.  I must noodle on this a bit more.

Switching gears (because I’m a bit off-kilter this morning after enjoying too much Stark Raving wine this weekend), how often is it that we let others in the DOC know that we read what they post, understand where they are coming from, and give them that little piece of moral support that can help them learn a new diabetes tip, or motivate them out of a bad case of diabetes burnout? Probably not often enough! So, today, if you’re reading this blog, please post a comment – even if it’s just a “check!” to say you’re here and you read this.  Chris at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia had this idea, and I’m participating today as well (as soon as I have time enough to read all the blogs I need to.)

Another switching of gears….we got some much needed relief from the heat yesterday at the misty-water-zone area at the Durham Museum of Life & Science. We took Penny there for the 1st time since she’s become a truly aware little person (the time we went when she was 8 months doesn’t count, since all she did that visit was sit in the stroller, sip milk, cry, poop and pee in a diaper, and nap. Oh, how life has changed!)
Kids in the MistFunny with my buddy Seth!One cool kid.