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This might be a little long and I will apologize in advanced but the whole situation needs to be layed out.

I turned 25 in November of this year and I was diagnosed with Diabetes in January of 2007. I had been told that from my A1C levels that I had been diabetic since I was 20 (I believe the A1C reading was 12 at that time). I was prescribed with Actos Plus Metformin. My doctor was supposed to have been a diabetic specialist but offered very little information. In fact, I had to pry a lot of information out of him.

For a while I had drastically changed my diet from what it was. Less sweets, diet soda, no more white bread, more vegetables. I took my medicine every day and I tried to do more active things. My blood sugar was still regularly in the high 100s and low 200s.

Recent events have hindered my financial situation severely. My wife gave birth to my son in June of this year. He came a little early (he was three and a half months premature and born at 1 pound 11 ounces). He's doing excellent if you're curious and he's now over 12 pounds at 5 months (2 months gestationally). We also lost our house to forclosure. Here's where my problem just starts to snowball.

I've been trying to find a job for a while but my qualifications are very limited due to me being in school for many years and just doing odd and end jobs. The jobs haven't been coming and I've been at home watching my son while my wife is making the money. And here is where my diabetes problem snowballs.

We buy cheap and man do I mean cheap. What is cheap? Pastas, breads, all-around prossesed foods. I rarely take my medicine anymore (Which is just metformin now because my Actos Plus Metformin was way too much to buy without insurance. It was $36 with insurance.) because it makes me feel sick. I just feel awful after taking it. I try as much as possible to just force it down but sometimes I can't stomach it. I sleep most of the time anymore. I have absolutely no energy to do ANYTHING. It's not uncommon for me to sleep 12 - 14 hours a day and I hate it. Now my right foot does this magic trick where it turns blue and purple. My legs feel sore most of the time as well. The only way to describe this is that it feels like my bones are aching from below my knee down. It isn't uncommon for my blood sugar to be in the 300s (although I've never seen it in the 400s). I notice my eye sight going blurry more often. My wife is worrying about me to no end. She spends a lot of time crying when she sees my foot turn blue/pruple or my blood sugar real high (which is why I take it in private now).

I'm scared for my son's sake. I know I might get a "you need to go the doctor" replies and I know this. The thing is that I don't have the money to see a doctor. I barely have enough for diapers. I was on Medicaid but before I could use it they dropped me for an unknown reason and I can't get back on it. I can't eat healthy because it takes money to eat healthy. I tried getting food stamps but because my house has not been foreclosed on yet, food stamps says my house is a resource (yeah right) and that makes me ineligible.

I know I should be exercising but it's hard when you have absolutely no energy. Just to get out of bed takes everything out of me. I'm not super heavy either. I'm 5' 11'' at 180lbs. I should not be exhausted for doing the things that I do. It's also hard to do things active because I have this side pain that I've had. I actually got diagnosed with the diabetes because I went in for the side pain. I've had 2 CAT scans, a gull bladder scan, an ultra sound, and something else. I've seen surgeons, gastrologists, and other doctors and have no idea what my side pain is.

I'm stuck and afraid. I'm not sure what I expect by posting this but I'm desperate and need advice, reassurance, or something. Thank you for reading and I appreciate any suggestions, comments and/or replies.
 

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Hello Abertross :), Welcome to DF and I think that you need help and I should think of seeing a endocrinologist as they know better than a doctor. The symptoms that you describe is a diabetic Type 1 and I would see that you get help fast. I was like you as you have no energy and sleeping for too long, You are thin and hapless. You need insulin.
It's good that you have a meter and the readings are high.
The doctor is treating you like a Type 2 as I think that you're a 1 but see the endo as only he or she can help you. ;)

I am sorry, But welcome. :)
 

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Hello Abertross :), Welcome to DF and I think that you need help and I should think of seeing a endocrinologist as they know better than a doctor. The symptoms that you describe is a diabetic Type 1 and I would see that you get help fast. I was like you as you have no energy and sleeping for too long, You are thin and hapless. You need insulin.
It's good that you have a meter and the readings are high.
The doctor is treating you like a Type 2 as I think that you're a 1 but see the endo as only he or she can help you. ;)

I am sorry, But welcome. :)
Yes, I do plan on seeing one once I get money and/or insurance but until then I will just have to keep an eye on things. Another thing that I have noticed is that when my blood sugar is below 150, I get very shakey. Any idea what that could mean? Is my BS that high so much that even a near normal amount makes me shakey?
 

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That shakeyness is the low that you are experiencing and I would take a little sweet thing and not too much. Also to wash you hands before you test as this will make testing more accurate.
In your country can you apply for unemployment benefits? With a health care card too.

OK your BG is considered good but for someone who has high BG for most of the time and suddenly see an unusual low then that's your low where I experience a low at 2.5 / 45 So if you were to train your body to get to a good bg then you will not suffer these feelings and see low to what I see.

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That shakeyness is the low that you are experiencing and I would take a little sweet thing and not too much. Also to wash you hands before you test as this will make testing more accurate.
In your country can you apply for unemployment benefits? With a health care card too.

OK your BG is considered good but for someone who has high BG for most of the time and suddenly see an unusual low then that's your low where I experience a low at 2.5 / 45 So if you were to train your body to get to a good bg then you will not suffer these feelings and see low to what I see.

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I follow. I did apply for health care and they accepted me but before I could even use it they sent me a letter telling me they dropped me and I'm currently fighting that. However, I can't apply for unemployment because I haven't been "laid off." I've been a student for quite a while and because I wasn't let go from a job, I can't get benefits from unemployment.
 

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Do you have a hospital close to you that offers indigent care? If you do I would go there and tell them your symptoms. And your symptoms sound more like Type I then Type II.. I had alot of the same symptoms when I was diagnosed as Type II in Feb. BUT in fact I was a Type I and misdiagnosed and finally in May was put on insulin. I feel for your situation as I was in a similiar situation when I was going through a divorce and couldn't get a medical card due to them taking my "husband's" income even though we didn't live in the same home anymore.. he didn't give me any money or support... I think in the USA it is UNREAL what you do have to do to be an honest, fair and in need American to get even just medical help. I can't believe that your having issues getting medical again especially with your medical condition. I am currently on state medical for the next 90 days as an EMERGENCY basis ONLY. In 90 days I will finally have private health insurance and I plan on getting a pump at that time. Good Luck to you--- And I do have some resources that I found when I was dealing with my situation.. let me know if you want me to forward them to you. Once again Thank you for sharing your situation with your new "family" and Welcome
 

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In many states you can buy some kinds of insulin without a doctors prescription. Usually not the newest insulin, but what you can get would still help you.

It is an open question whether you are T1 or T2, but insulin will help you either way. The insulin you can get is much less expensive than the more recently introduced insulin.

I suggest going to a walmart with a pharmacy, or at least calling to see if you can get some without a prescription in your state.

I only suggest this due to your financial situation, seeing a doctor is always better, but if you are careful, the insulin could be a big help.
Small doses, increased slowly until you have the right amount, are how it is done.

If you do this, get someone to show you how it is done, you don't want to be injecting any air bubbles, for instance. There would be someone at the Red Cross, for instance. They might be able to supply you with a small amount of insulin even.

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Do you have a hospital close to you that offers indigent care? If you do I would go there and tell them your symptoms. And your symptoms sound more like Type I then Type II.. I had alot of the same symptoms when I was diagnosed as Type II in Feb. BUT in fact I was a Type I and misdiagnosed and finally in May was put on insulin. I feel for your situation as I was in a similiar situation when I was going through a divorce and couldn't get a medical card due to them taking my "husband's" income even though we didn't live in the same home anymore.. he didn't give me any money or support... I think in the USA it is UNREAL what you do have to do to be an honest, fair and in need American to get even just medical help. I can't believe that your having issues getting medical again especially with your medical condition. I am currently on state medical for the next 90 days as an EMERGENCY basis ONLY. In 90 days I will finally have private health insurance and I plan on getting a pump at that time. Good Luck to you--- And I do have some resources that I found when I was dealing with my situation.. let me know if you want me to forward them to you. Once again Thank you for sharing your situation with your new "family" and Welcome
Actually I would like some of those resources if you don't mind. And as for the indigent care hospitals; none that I know of. I'm still fighting with medicaid to get reinstated. They just dropped my wife as well for "unknown reasons." It is very frustrating.

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I wouldn't know how and would be way too intimidated to start insulin on myself. I am beginning to come to terms that I might need it but I think I will wait until I can get with an endocrinologist before taking that step. I'm also going to give the medication, eating right, and exercise a good go-around before I try the insulin.
 

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Are there any free clinics near you? Many areas have low income clinics that you pay on a sliding scale, depending on what you can afford. Try to look into that.

And how could you all tell whether he is a type1 or a type 2 diabetic by reading about his symptoms? I am diagnosed as type 2 but before I was diagnosed, I also slept alot, had vision problems, etc. I am still too new to this to be able to tell. I'm just curious.
 

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Perhaps you can move from a heavy carb diet of pasta, rice, potatoes to more vegetables and salads, making your own vinaigrette dressing. That simple change may help you tremendously, and vegetables are generally not too expensive.

Kind regards,

Shel
 

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Perhaps you can move from a heavy carb diet of pasta, rice, potatoes to more vegetables and salads, making your own vinaigrette dressing. That simple change may help you tremendously, and vegetables are generally not too expensive.

Kind regards,

Shel
That would be ideal but my current financial situation doesn't allow it. We have to buy the cheap stuff and most of the "cheap stuff" isn't good for you by any means.
 

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Albatross, you can buy a bag of carrots, a bunch of celery, a couple onions, some chicken and some dry beans and make yourself a bunch of bean soup and chicken vegetable soup. Here carrots go for about $1.50/lb, celery about $1.79/bunch, onions .99/pound, chicken legs or thighs $1.50/lb. and dry beans, say black or pinto beans about $1.00/bag which is usually a pound. So for probably less than $10.00 you can make a large pot of chicken soup then a large pot of bean soup and eat pretty healthy for pretty cheap. Let us know how it goes for you.
 
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