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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Diabetes ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Maria Hatfield
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Date: 8/17/04 7:56 PM

Diabetes
Are you at risk ? If only i would have listened to someone when i was just a "Border Line" diabetic. Oh man ! i wished i would have paid attention then..
If any of you are border line. Try to get your health insurance now, before you become a full fledge diabetic. i cant find no one to write me a policy because im a insulin using diabetic. insulin seems to be the magic word. it seems  that if your using insulin they "really" dont want to write you a policy. i guess its worse then diabetic pills. all of the insurance companies are telling me i should have gotten a policy written before i became a full fledge diabetic. i need the insurance to be able to have the weight loss surgery. so im stuck with myself...   :rolleyes:   :unhappy:  my sugar levels are out of control all the time. i do everything im suppose to do. but my levels are either too high or too low. its always a scary situation for me. So if any of you have signs of diabetes, please get checked...

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Date: 8/17/04 9:07 PM

Wow, Maria, thank you for the warning.  I have a strong genetic risk for diabetes.  My dad and my brother were both diagnosed prior to 30, neither of whom were overweight, maybe 10 pounds extra.  I am 29 and I am currently packing about 10 pounds extra, so I'm worried.  I am somewhat active--I try to exercise 3-4 days a week.  try is the active  word! but your warning will re-light the fire under my butt!

I'm sorry to hear that your sugars are difficult to control.  That's very frustrating and worrisome.  Kudos to you for not giving up, though.  

Kim

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Date: 8/17/04 9:21 PM

Kim,
Diabetes run very high in our family. (Native Americans). My mom, brother, uncles, cousins all have it. there are some of my family members that are really skinny and they have it ! So be warned that Not just over weight people get it. 3 of my uncles just died from complications of diabetes. So now its just my mom left of all her brothers and sisters. i think i have it the worse out of all of us. at least they dont have to stick themselves 4 times a day with a needle.  :cry:  Today i had to go to the court house in the next town over and my sugar went too low. geez, i almost passed out... i was getting up to leave the court room and almost lost it all in there. it was a good thing my daughter was with me. it kinda gets scary sometimes. But yes ! i will keep trying to find insurance.  :blush:

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Date: 8/17/04 10:34 PM

I'm at risk, as I mentioned earlier. My three uncles also died of complications (strokes) and my mother has a borderline diagnosis and she and her sisters have had strokes, though not large ones. I had gestational diabetes with both kids and am overweight.

So far my sugars are ok, and I try to exercise and wish I could control my eating habits better. But I have stubborn weight that was gained in pregnancies and won't leave.

My goal when I get home from this vacation is to walk to and from work, a distance of slightly over a mile each way.

Maria have you looked into whether you qualify for medicaid or even medicare? For medicaid they will look at what you spend on medical care, and for medicare I think there is some way to qualify based on disability, even if you are too young.  Do we have any social workers here with more info?

In the meantime everyone needs to write their senators and representatives to lobby for universal coverage so people will not be untreated and become disabled or die because they have no insurance.

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Date: 8/17/04 11:11 PM

Maria, if you have used the services of a local hospital, check with their financial assistance or social worker department. A lot of time, they will be aware and able to refer you to different types of insurance either private or government-assistance based on income and/or need. There may be a government insurance program specific to Native Americans. One of the resources that I use for my patients is to keep an eye on the ads for open enrollment from different insurance companies such as Kaiser or Blue Cross/ Blue Shield. Some states have regulations that require them to accept any patient during this open enrollment period.These ads will be in the newspaper and be very small. The insurance companies are banking on people not seeing these ads. Also check with your state insurance commission, they have regulatory oversight for all insurance companies and will know what type of policies are available in the state. One of the things that I have learned is that insurance companies work very hard not to pay out money so they try to limit their liability by decreasing the number of high risk policy holders.

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Date: 8/18/04 1:20 AM

StitchMD and Towanda,
[B]Bless you, with the info. believe me, i will check into this stuff. any help i can get or leads is so appreciated !!!
thank you,

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Date: 8/18/04 3:16 AM

Oh Maria, I'm so sorry your having such a problem aquiring insurance, that must be terribly frustrating. I'll be praying for you too.

I can sympathize with your health dilemma. After a few months of some *wierd* symptoms I finally went to the doctor  and after a series of tests discovered I have developed diabetes and hypothyroidism. This after a 17 lb. weight gain in an 10 day span! A total of 39 lbs. in the past 3 months. I knew something was up.  The added weight gain was too much apparently and both my bladder and uterus dropped as a result. The sad part is I probably wouldn't have went if it weren't for this. Nothing against physicians (I'm quite fond of a few PR docs) but in real life I only really trust my OB/GYN.

The good news from the doctor is that I may still be able to manage the diabetes with diet alone, once the thyroid is taken care of.  The bad news is I will need surgery to correct the prolapsed bladder/uterus, and my insurance company is fighting me on the specialist for the thyroid condition. Since I don't have a local endocrinologist, that my insurance provider won't balk at, all my visits/tests are out-of-pocket until they decide to quit a**ing around.
Meanwhile I'm sitting here  gaining a pound a minute, with my insides falling out....

I'm not making lite of the no healthcare issue, but we have paid $900 a month for  years now without ever using it. Now that I need it they act like they don't know who I am..... Pathetic

Okay, I'll stop ranting now. Please do try your local social services agency. If they are unable to help based on income restrictions I would suggest asking someone in the tribal council to help you locate assistance. I know that our tribe has a privately funded healthcare subsidy for those that fall between the cracks, maybe yours does too. Good luck and keep us posted!

Erin S

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Date: 8/18/04 7:03 AM

Maria,
This really p*sses me off. The bariatric surgery is probably (as you know already) one of your best chances for losing the diabetes....  Now that obesity has been classified a disease, that might change funding either through IHS (are you on IHS, or is a local tribal insurance?)

I asked dh if Dartmouth ever does pro bono bariatric surgery, he snorted and said that they'd have to look up pro bono first, before they said no  :confused:  Did I tell you dh was doing a study with the bariatric surgeons here?

What kind of carbs do you have in your diet? Have you talked  with your health provider about low carbs? I have seen studies where the only people that benefit in the long run from low carb/high protein diets are Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. It makes sense if you think about traditional diets of various ethnic groups. Obviously your doctor/NP should ok/help manage anything you do, but if you haven't tried this already, it might be worth looking at. The data on Hawaiian islanders reverting to not having diabetes when reinstated on a traditional diet was pretty compelling, if I remember correctly (I researched high protein/low carb diets in grad school, but that was 5 years ago).

So did the insurers tell you that if you could get off of insulin, even if still on an oral agent, that you could get coverage? How long would you have to have been off of insulin?

Good luck, I am sending positive thoughts your way.

--Erin

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Date: 8/18/04 11:46 AM

Just FYI, when I had gestational diabetes none of my testing supplies or insulin were covered. They didn't care that they were endangering a baby and a mother. They also were my coverage for disability, but refused to pay when I had to be on bed rest, even when I pointed out that they'd pay a lot more for NICU and ongoing health needs of a severe preemie. The insurer? 1199, the Health and Hospitals Workers' Union.

As long as we have health insurance as a for-profit venture we will have profits trump coverage every time. A friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer after self-paying insurance for 18 months. Blue Cross wrote him saying they just reviewed his case and found he'd been ineligible all along, refunded his premiums, and left him holding the bag for paying for his cancer treatments. He and his wife had to basically go bankrupt to get on Medicaid.

I have loads more stories patients told me during the years I worked as an occupational therapist.

It was always interesting to treat patients who were tourists from Canada or European countries. They had no anxiety about coverage for care or necessary equipment. I fought and fought for simple safety devices, wheelchairs, etc. for US patients with coverage. I saw people devastated by events like receiving a letter saying their coverage was up while they were still in a hospital.

Rant over, for now. Don't be surprised if I start up again!

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Maria Hatfield
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Date: 8/18/04 12:31 PM

It seems that even though obesity is now classified a disease. the insurance companies dont care. i've been printing out this thread, my husband is going to take me to the social services dept. in the next town over. im not going to stop until i find something. i cant thank all of you enough for all this info. please know im grateful ...

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