My health care team

Group of nurses, Base Hospital #45
Group of nurses, Base Hospital #45 (Photo credit: The Library of Virginia)
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YMCA Building in Keene NH (Photo credit: Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos)

Just thought, in light of this latest medical change that I’d talk about my health care team. Yep, I actually have a team of pretty cool people keeping an eye on me. I didn’t plan it this way, but there are many health care professionals going to bat for this warped brain and body.

My Dr. was born in Nigeria, and he is the best health care professional I have ever run into. He’s thorough, smart, caring and knowledgeable. He actually checks everything, and looks into avenues and why I have been previously diagnosed as a, b, or c. He runs tests, and keeps track of all the results over a period of time. I can email or call with a question, and he makes sure to get back to me asap. He looks at all my medications, and pulls me off of things instantly when I react to them. He also is very aware of my alcoholism and drug addiction, and will not prescribe something to me blindly without concern for my well-being. (By the way he also has an iPad. Winking smile)

His nursing staff just rock, we end up talking and laughing a bit, but they are helping me keep an eye on my diabetes and general health concerns. They have great suggestions, and ideas that have improved my life in so many ways. They care about me, and look after me, showing me how to take care of my body especially as it changes.

My diabetic educators include a registered dietician as well as a diabetic nurse educator. They make sure that I understand what exactly is happening when I test my blood sugar, take any medication, or need to change my medications in any way. They counsel me on exercise, diet, and the care and maintenance of my body.

My physical trainers, both through SilverSneakers, and the local YMCA have been kept informed of my medical condition, and have given me an exercise program that is tailored for me and my disabilities.

I have a 24 hour nursing staff available to me over the phone and internet to answer any questions, as well as contact my Dr. if I have any problems. They also triple check my medications for interactions, as well as monitor how I am using them.

I have an online pharmacy staff and pharmacy who send me 3/4 of my medications at no cost to me. It’s covered under my insurance.

Now, in case you are wondering, how is all of this getting paid for?

It’s part of a medicare supplement plan that I pay quite a bit of money for. However, I have done the math on this.

Even with the copays, monthly premium, and other considerations, I am still saving money. Yet I am getting the care I desperately need at this time. Yet my medical bills over the past three years have accumulated into the thousands, before this new insurance. I figure, in the long run, it is much cheaper to maintain and improve my physical health, than to pay for an amputation, dialysis or other serious procedure.

Do I deserve all of this help? No. I don’t think so. However, here’s the real math. This type of care runs into 1/3 of my monthly income. I get a disability check, that never increases. My life, quality of life really, has not improved up until this point even though I have been on disability for a few years now.

I figure that in the long run, I’d rather pay for health care, than cable tv, internet, or even this website. I am worth it.



My Diabetic Life

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Good morning, it’s just after six in the earliness, and I’m awake. I’ve been up for over an hour, and the blood is finally pumping.


This is a picture of my morning. I’ve been diabetic since the mid-90’s, and I’ve had thousands of dollars worth of testing supplies and equipment over the years.

Without my monitor, and my insulin, I will die.

Thanks to my new insurance plan, I pay more per month for the plan, but the testing supplies are now free. I pay more for the Dr visit up front, but I can live a little longer. My insulin is at least partially covered, and I can see another sunrise.

In mid-February, I found out the 237.00 is the cost of one of my insulins. I found out the other is almost that same price. To stay alive, it would have cost me over half of my monthly income. This is before food, before cholesterol medicine, blood pressure medicine, before anything really.

I would have been shelling out 600 dollars per month for medications. That’s over 2/3rds of my monthly income.

I ended up taking tiny doses of insulin, and half a diabetic pill to get me through February. I ended up having to beg for a sample of one brand of insulin to get through the month.

I was on pins and needles, literally.

I’m not afraid of dying, and there is nothing I can do about the diabetes, other than take the pre-scribed medicines, when I can afford them. I am eating right, and I do exercise when I can.

By the way, before you attack me for being too fat, keep in mind that diabetes is also hereditary. Both of my Grandmothers, my Mother, myself, and several others in my family have it, and most of them are at approved weight or below.

I am one of those who, while on Medicare, would have had serious damage and possible death due to diabetes because of loopholes in coverage.

Today, I am okay, I have the new insurance plan, and I am able to get my medications and monitoring equipment. I’m just grateful that I have this opportunity.

Thanks for listening,


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Good on you Paula Deen!

I have been diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes for over 15 years now. Occasionally, a cheese burger and fries ARE allowed on a diabetic diet. It all depends on how many grams of carbohydrates are in the meal.

Carbs from fresh veggies don’t count. That bun had a total of 30 grams of carbs. Those fries, if a small fry, had between 15 and 20. Now my diabetic dietician and my diabetic educator allow for 45 grams of carbs per meal.

The press is villifying this woman over 5 damned carbs! Come on.

Until a person has to follow a diabetic diet or until they are a health care professional involved in the immediate care of diabetics, they do not have the right to judge anyone.

Lay off the woman people!