It's now so cheap to get a blood sugar monitor, but to buy the strips is extremely costly. A box of hundred, which would last a little over a month if using three a day, is easily over a $100. The problem is, when starting out, a hundred a month is NOT enough at all. How are you supposed to know what works for you and what doesn't food wise/excersise wise? I could easily get away with checking my BS (blood sugar) four, five, six times a day. I have to STOP myself sometimes from doing so. I get my strips for free, I know I shouldn't complain, but it's not ENOUGH. I went ahead and bought some from the internet, finding a pretty good deal (a hundred for $54) but if I were to buy these at Wal-Greens or Wal-Mart a hundred would cost anywhere from $114-$147. Why the big difference? Who knows.
It makes me wonder how people without insurance, or crappy insurance would handle it? It's sad. Type 2 diabetes isn't a disease people get for being fat and lazy. There are people out there right now that are fatter and lazier than me without issues. It's a GENETIC disease. If you have the genetics for it, your chances are higher. My genetic cards are stacked against me (Michelle, beware!) Two cases of gestational diabetes, each time can raise your chances of getting type 2. Both my aunts on my dads side think they had GD with their kids, but regular testing wasn't done back then. Let's just say my babies at 9 lbs 9 oz and 10 lbs 10z weren't the biggest babies on our family. Asians have a higher risk of diabetes. My grandmother has type 2 as well, and has always been hypoglycemic as long as I can remember. Even if I lost 100lbs, I could still ahve these issues. :( It sucks.
Tony is worried too. His family is riddled with diabetes. Our kids ARE SCREWED. Hopefully I can teach them now before it's too late.
Each day it gets a bit easier. I'm still hungry a lot, but that will pass as my blood sugars go down. It's a rough cycle. It really is. It starts with feeling hungry, and you eat, a lot of time something starchy or carby because you also feel tired and your body wants the energy. But the sugar and starch makes you even more tired, and you have no energy to do anything other than lay around, which packs on the lbs, and makes you even more hungry. It sucks.
Take it from me, you don't want the diabedus, even if your supplies can be delivered by Walter Brimley himself.