I sometimes catch myself when I’m thinking about diabetes like other people don’t have to worry about this. How nice going to bed and not worrying about waking up 8 times because of lows and eating when ever
This is a psa for my fellow American diabetics. I know we’re all worried we won’t get health insurance now because of our shit-for-brains president and congress. Insulin and supplies are almost impossible to afford without insurance, but there is an alternative. If you cannot afford your insulin or you are denied coverage in the future go to the walmart pharmacy and ask for Reli-On brand Novolin R(regular) to replace your fast-acting insulin (Novolog, Apidra, Humalog, etc.) It’s 26 dollars and some change for the bottle. If you need long-lasting (Humalin, Levemir, Lantus, etc.) ask for the NPH. It is also about 26 dollars. It will be cloudy. No insurance or prescription required. They have boxes of 100 syringes for about 13 dollars. You just have to tell them what gauge you use (usually it’s the highest dose you take at one time so for example my highest dose is 30 units of long-lasting insulin at night so I get the 30-31 gauge, they have up to 50 I think, and the average sized 8 millimeter length needle) You can either ask your doctor about adjustments or just take it like regular doses and adjust as needed. I’ve found the short-acting to be a bit slower than my brand name insulin so I suggest taking insulin before you eat. As for the long-acting NPH, I’ve found it doesn’t last a full 24 hrs so I usually take a little extra than my usual dose or break it up into two doses a day. You can also find a bloodsugar testing meter for about 17 dollars and test strips (25 count for 5 dollars and 50 count for 9 dollars) in the diabetes section to buy over the counter. Again, none of this requires a prescription or proof of insurance. I wish I knew about this years ago when I was paying 350+ a month for my insulin and supplies with insurance! This has saved me so much money and stress. Please take care of yourselves and take your insulin!
Me when I was first diagnosed: Alright now I’ve got approximately X amount of carbs that I can consume throughout the day, which I can break down into X amount of carbs every four hours, which gives me three meals and one bedtime snack
with high-protein content to carry me through
. Everything must be precise in order to maximize success with my blood sugars.
Me now: I don’t see why I can’t have three pasta dinners tonight
when a chronically ill person says "I'm tired" and you say "yeah me too. I got 4 hours of sleep last night," please understand that you and that person are not talking about the same kind of tiredness.
Couldn’t help but have a fit and cry about how I ate something small to help my 69 blood sugar level go up but instead went the opposite way and decided to go low to 40 something. My boyfriend tells me not to cry that everything will be okay. Yet feels like it won’t. It is all too fucking frustrating and feels like it won’t. It feels like a never ending loop. I fucking hate this, I hate having Type 1 Diabetes. I shouldn’t but I do, is part of me it’s who I am.
I was changing my insulin pump this morning when I had the realization that not everyone has to put needles in their body and inject a potentially lethal substance multiple times a day to stay alive. Like woah. What’s that even like cause I don’t remember. Not being diabetic just seems so… Strange. Idk.