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Re: [IP] Medicare won't even cover the strips we need

I skipped over the bits about how our medications have changed over the 
years.  The oral drug of choice for T2's in the 1960s was Orinase.  Do 
they even make Orinase anymore?  Now there are 5 major categories of 
drugs for T2's.  They need to know how well they're working, and not 
just a wild guess like Clinitest results would reveal.  As for T1's, 
from the 1940s until the early '80s, we were mostly on long-acting 
insulins made from cows and pigs. With insulin analogs, T1 BGs can 
change rapidly. Sure, we could pass out while using the old-style 
insulins.  Novolog, Humalogand Apidra work much faster and we need to 
know our 'altitude' so we don't crash the plane (Thanks, Candace!).

Denise Br.

On 5/31/2013 1:30 PM, Urb Anism wrote:
> That's a good point. Diabetics are living longer--through our own efforts.
> I have to constantly remind people about mature Type 1s. Apparently it's
> still rare enough. I really wish type 1 and 2 had different names...they
> are different diseases.
> Thanks for the soapbox. Makes sense.
> On Friday, May 31, 2013, d-d wrote:
>> Getting back to the original subject, Medicare doesn't want to pay for the
>> _testing_ supplies that we need, remember that Medicare came into existence
>> in 1964 when almost every T1 diabetic died within 10 years of diagnosis.
>> Then, as now, most T1's became diabetic as preteens, so every adult Type 1
>> diabetic person was a anomaly - because most Type1 juvenile diabetics died
>> before reaching age 25. Therefore, every diabetic person over the age of 40
>> is T2, very stable BG-wise, and in no way needing test strips and certainly
>> not continuous glucose management systems!  The Medicare system
>> muckety-mucks seem to think that a pancreas will magically start
>> functioning as a person ages.
>> Not to skip over the T2's who can use strips and glucose monitors!  The
>> system puts itself at risk if it has to pay more for care if people suffer
>> the consequences of poor management of blood sugar levels.
>> We need to educate the Medicare senior management,  Keep up the
>> letter-writing campaign.  And...report the people who deliberately and
>> callously  profit by buying/selling excess supplies.
>> Off of my soapbox!
>> Denise Br.
>> On 5/31/2013 11:08 AM, Urb Anism wrote:
>>> I agree. The gloating is hard to swallow, particularly since I (and many
>>> of
>>> us) are ineligible for SSI or SSDI. Being in SSI is not an
>>> accomplisment. There is a general lack of understanding about individual
>>> situations here anyway. It's irritating to hear someone from Arizona go on
>>> and on about something that will never happen in Illinois, for example.
>>> Nonetheless, what Piggly-Wiggly* charges for test strips can't help
>>> me--but
>>> it might help someone else.
>> .
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