Letters to the Editor

Oct 1, 1994

From Hiding

I hope in future issues there might be some help for those type I's who gained weight (10-15%) because they have been on intensive insulin therapy (IIT). I am, of course, speaking for myself. I just feel so depressed because I've gained so much weight since I was put on IIT that I want to hide!

Your magazine is wonderful!-Just wonderful! I read it cover to cover and save it. Then I go back and refresh my memory. I especially enjoyed the article by the pharmacist about vitamins. It helped me alot.

I've been a type I for 22 years. It's been difficult for me to accept this cross, I just want you to know your periodical has helped me tremendously.

Mary Genualdi
Scottsdale, AZ

Generation Gap

I really have enjoyed your paper. I have a 3 year old son who was diagnosed in February of this year.

I've read everything I can get my hands on, so I can be better informed on type I diabetes.

Besides my son's wonderful endocrinologist (Dr. Michele C. Christie, Kaiser Permanente, Springfield, VA), I've learned the most from your outstanding publication.

Keep up the good work. The only request I have is do more stories on the younger generation of diabetes sufferers. I find there is a real shortage of information for diabetes in infants to 6 year old children.

Tamela Dickerson
Fairfax, VA

Living With It

We really enjoy your papers-we have recommended them to several other people here on the East Coast.

My husband Glenn has just arrived at the age of 52, 48 years insulin dependent. He's an excellent health-takes no medicines other than insulin on a daily basis. He is taking 3 shots daily and checks his blood 4 times daily on a One Touch blood monitor which is working out very well.

Diabetes, like so many other health problems, can be lived with. The proper love and caring from family, friends, and loved ones does make a difference.

Louise Collins
Jacksonville, NC

P.S. We have been happily married for 27 years. We adapt to any of our busy schedules or whatever. We take it in stride and go forward.

Help From The Board

Thank you for a very timely, interesting article on the move that Medicare made on the subject of test strips.

I am a type 2 diabetic and up until January of this year Medicare and the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage absorbed the cost of my LifeScan strips. Now I pay for those strips from EMC's pharmacy at a cost of $33.00 per 50 strip box. This is costly when I check my "sugars" twice a day. I hesitate to switch to the generic strips at less cost since there have been reports of "false readings" from these strips.

I am on the Board of the Desert Diabetes Club an affiliate of Eisenhower Medical. We have a membership of 200 diabetics. How could our Club assist in bringing the cost of strips back under Medicare?

Norman Rolph
Palm Desert, CA

[Editor: Medicare hasn't stopped paying for strips, but they did lower the amount they were willing to reimburse for them. There are many diabetes supply stores that will bill Medicare for you, ask around. If you still can't find one, try calling the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) at (800) 477-7427; they will provide you with your supplies and they do Medicare billing. Remember that if you have type 2 diabetes, Medicare will only pay for glucose test strips if you take insulin.]

How's It Going?

I just read a report on the non-invasive glucose monitoring patch and wondered at what stage the testing is.

I'm a Home Health Nurse with a patient that has both diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He is very nearly blind and is unable to test his own blood sugar-yet his blood glucose levels are very unpredictable. A non-invasive tester would be very beneficial to him; his wife could read a monitor.

Could you please respond with information regarding my inquiry?

Kathleen Kersey, RN
Littleton, CO

[Editor: The best way for you to get the information you want is to contact the company, Cygnus Therapautic Corp. They are located in Redwood City, California.]

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