I am newly diabetic and my nurse practitioner suggested I start checking my blood sugar daily. I bought a testing kit with the testing strips and the lancets but I a really get queasy about sticking myself. Does it hurt? Do you need much blood? I have the ReliOn Ultima testing kit. Also I am on Medicsre Parts A and B does anyone know which testing strips they pay for? The pharmacy at Walmart didn't know. Thank you.
sorry that you have this but I also am diabetic, I was on Metiformin for a while and I got my blood sugar down and was able to come off the medications, I think I am fortunate because mine is the type 2 but I control it with diet I have to check blood sugars 3 times a day, the stick is about as painful as sticking yourself with the stick of a safety pin (maybe just a tad more) it allows you to see what the levels are and then you can keep the doctors and Nurses updated so that they can help you help control your blood sugar and get the diabetes under control. You will adjust to this quickly it's a matter of getting started, they offer classes in Indiana at the local hospital that are free that teach you how to test blood sugars and may do the same where you live! You hang in there but I just know you will do a good job~ I wish you only the very best! (Caringsonbj) P.S. I am sorry forgot it only takes a small amount of blood my lancets you can control the depth of it mine is made by Roche and you dial 1 through 10 how much of a stick you need according to your skin. I am not sure but I (guess) they allow you a months supply and then they bill Medicare, ask the pharmacist or technician they should be able to tell you for sure
EJ. Medicare should have paid for your tester & strips. If you have the receipt & get a prescription they will reimburse you I'm sure. Call Medicare & ask. They are always on TV saying the can deliver it & it's free for diabetics. I know test strips can be expensive. Most doctor offices have free testers too surprised they didn't give you one. And, it doesn't hurt. Just a pinch. Keep checking it so you don't have to go to insulin. That would mean shots you give yourself eveyday! I do with Forteo & it's not so bad either. Good luck & keep checking! Let us know how you are doing, & remember diet is most important in this time...
Yeah, I did it! I've been testing myself 3-4 times a day for the past week. I am glad to report it doesn't hurt - actually, most times I end up sticking myself again because I only get a little blood. But it's all working out - though the numbers are much higher than I hoped I would see - thanks to you all for holding my hand!
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