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Re: Subject: Re: [IP] Animas, test strips, pump supplies, Medicare and CCS

I agree.  A pump is a tool.  I can manage with it, and only slightly 
less well without.  What I find difficult to do is manage without any 
testing supplies at all.  Either a CGMS and a few test strips or a lot 
of test strips, neither of which Medicare seems to feel that seniors 
need.  Does Medicare feel that Type 1's turn into Type 2's at the age of 
40? Possibly. There used to be a nurse at the county jail who thought 
that way.  She actually killed an inmate by withholding insulin from 
him.  Does Medicare feel the only diabetics who reach the age of 60+ are 
Type 2's? Perhaps.  When Medicare started in 1964, many Type 1 diabetics 
died within 5 or 10 years after Dx and with most cases  'juvenile' 
diabetes discovered at the ages of 10-15, guess what?

Knowing what your blood glucose level is power, either by looking at a 
CGMS screen or by sticking your finger.  That gives you the power to 
treat that level, either by pushing a few buttons on a pump or by 
injecting insulin with a syringe.

Off my soapbox,
Denise Br.

On 1/2/2014 2:39 PM, Valerie Adams wrote:
> Angel, while I feel for your situation, I disagree with your statement
> (pasted below).
> Pumps and CGMS are awesome conveniences for sure, but with diligent care
> many can (and do!) manage their diabetes quite well with daily injections.
> M
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