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· You need a prescription for testing strips
· Novolog & Levemir have 300 units in each pen
· You have to refrigerate insulin (that was a $100 mistake)
· Insurance companies are whack
· Buying in bulk is required to save money (long term) – Glucose Tabs, Testing Strips…
· Being Diabetic is expensive
· I thought knew what Diabetes was….then I was diagnosed with it, and now I really know
· What normal feels like
· Don’t shower after taking insulin (it makes the insulin work faster)
· How to count carbs
· “Carb Free” typically isn’t Carb Free
· The carb free food is terrible for you (beef sticks, pork rinds…)
· People will give you unsolicited medical advice and they aren’t doctors
· Your support system will be amazing
· Working out will change…running lowers my blood sugar too fast and too low. Now I weight train instead of run.
· I need to eat set meals that I can dose for (while on injections) …grazing throughout the day is difficult (while on injections)
· Insurance only covers so many needles a day (make sure you doctor writes a script that will give you enough)
· The Pharmacy and Pharmacy Staff will know you by name
· You will feel lonely trying to find the right pump & CGM
· You will realize how easy everyone else has it at the airport and government buildings
· People are intolerant…in a sense that they don’t know what’s healthy for you…but it’s because they don’t know.
· You get to worry about your glucose, your heart, your cholesterol, your feet, your eyes, and other autoimmune disorders
· People will ask you stupid questions, but only because they don’t know
· Someone will tell you about a family member or friend that died
· Some doctors use the scare tactic to keep you in line
· Keep snacks next to your bedside for night time lows
· You are allowed to have your moments
· You will know your body more than you ever thought possible.
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