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Old 05-03-2012, 13:14   #1
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Being still new to this whole thing, I am still constantly amazed at people's ways of coping (or not) with this disease. I have a friend here in my small town who works in another office. She has been diagnosed with type 2 approximately the same time as me. Her doctor put her on Metformin, told her to lose weight (she is a little plump), and DIDN'T EVEN MENTION, much less prescribe, a meter!!! Of course he told her to eat low fat. He didn't mention any classes to her (although as I found out their dietary advice was worthless at least they scare the crap out of you about the complications, thus at least making you take the thing seriously). I told her she should go to Walmart and get a Relion meter. Her response - "but the doctor didn't tell me to! And then I would have to buy strips!" I tried to tell her she is flying blind but she will not listen! WTF!!!!

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Astonishing, isn't it? I will never understand, or stop being surprised, at the negligent and ignorant care diabetics get. It (along with the lipid/statin/heart disease issues) has changed how I see healthcare in general. It's frightening, really.

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Astonishing, isn't it? I will never understand, or stop being surprised, at the negligent and ignorant care diabetics get. It (along with the lipid/statin/heart disease issues) has changed how I see healthcare in general. It's frightening, really.
Got that right! I just found out that I may be losing a good portion of my supply coverage. The insurance provides a meter and strips. Ok so big whoop there most do. Problem is they limit T2 to 2 strips a day and T1 to only ONE! How the bloody farfignewton am I suppose to properly dose my insulin on only ONE strip????

Looks like its a good thing I was planning in buying my own cause they can take their strips and stick em if that's all I get!

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Astonishing, isn't it? I will never understand, or stop being surprised, at the negligent and ignorant care diabetics get. It (along with the lipid/statin/heart disease issues) has changed how I see healthcare in general. It's frightening, really.
Yeah, it's changed how I "see" them, too. I don't see them at all. Don't use them and have no use for them. If I break a bone or something, I'll go see one to have it set. But otherwise? Not interested. Too much of what they've told me was just plain wrong.

I shudder to think what might have happened if I accepted and took their prescriptions. For example, statins and a BP med they prescribed right when I was diagnosed with T2.

They MIS-read my blood pressure as 150/90 TWICE and a week apart in the office. Suspicious, I bought a home meter and tested repeatedly. Around diagnosis (that same time), it was never more than 120/70 and a year after that (left the tester somewhere else and don't do it any more), it was more like 116/65. I still don't know if it was just incompetence or something more nefarious or that nurse was arousing more interest on my part than I was aware of, but that was TWO completely wrong readings based on which they prescribed me a potent pharma medication.

My lipids were what they call "high normal" but for a "diabetic" they would be considered "high". After a few months of LC/HF, triglycerides fell like a rock, HDL came well into healthy range and LDL was not high enough to be a concern. (With NORMAL blood sugar, special warnings and ranges for "diabetics" do not apply - even my doctor agreed with that.) Subsequent VAP test showed that my LDL was "large-fluffy", so no risk factor at all.

It's a money machine. No, thanks. I will treat myself.

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Got that right! I just found out that I may be losing a good portion of my supply coverage. The insurance provides a meter and strips. Ok so big whoop there most do. Problem is they limit T2 to 2 strips a day and T1 to only ONE! How the bloody farfignewton am I suppose to properly dose my insulin on only ONE strip????

Looks like its a good thing I was planning in buying my own cause they can take their strips and stick em if that's all I get!

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Now that is just absurd. Did they also provide a note to enjoy your sleep after you blindly dose yourself into a coma?

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Got that right! I just found out that I may be losing a good portion of my supply coverage. The insurance provides a meter and strips. Ok so big whoop there most do. Problem is they limit T2 to 2 strips a day and T1 to only ONE! How the bloody farfignewton am I suppose to properly dose my insulin on only ONE strip????

Looks like its a good thing I was planning in buying my own cause they can take their strips and stick em if that's all I get!

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I live with one of those people. My husband has been a type 2 for 16 years and has not tested once. His doctor never told him how important it was. He told me it was optional for type 2's. He told me I test way too much but that is how I keep my bgs so low. I try to explain this to my husband and he just doesn't get it. I even got him one of those Freebie Contour meters and he won't use it. Luckily since I do the shopping and cooking, he eats what I make, mostly LC.

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Now that is just absurd. Did they also provide a note to enjoy your sleep after you blindly dose yourself into a coma?
No kidding. But the dose they prescribe wouldn't even cover a small salad. UGH!

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