Things I’m Running Out Of

1. Test strips, usually. Ever since I went back to a non-pregnant-person’s blood sugar maintenance schedule (5 times a day instead of 10+), my pharmacy’s gotten very sneaky with the way they fill my prescription. It says to test 5-6 times per day, but I’m only given 100 strips for an entire 30 days. So even if I do the minimum, I’m still 20 strips short. They’re charitable enough to refill the prescription before that 30-day period is up, but that means I have to pay an extra copay.

No.

No.

I imagine there’s a way to address this, and I imagine that way takes a half-dozen phone calls, some faxing and complaining, and a bunch of energy I don’t have. Which brings me to #2.

2. Time. My entire life I’ve heard the grown-ups say things like, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” and I’ve always been like “You’re RIGHT! I’m so busy and I have all these things to do!” LOL, as the kids say. I was wrong. Now there really aren’t enough hours in the day, but at the same time I’m very excited for each day to be over, because at least then I get to try to sleep.

3. Infusion set sites. Thanks to some miracle combination of breastfeeding and having no food in the house (see #4), I weigh just a few pounds less than I did before my pregnancy. I’m happy about this, except for the fact that the cannulas on my infusion sets are too long for my diminished fat stores. So now I get an extra pinch with each infusion set placement, and a lot of unpleasant sensations each time I give myself a bolus. There’s some scar tissue building up around my belly, too, so I’ve turned to my hips and legs and arms as alternatives. Unfortunately, those sites leave my tubing much more prone to baby tangles.

4. Food. Diabetes-friendly recipe this! Whole foods that! Low-glycemic-index high-fiber blah blah protein quinoa yogurt hummus smoothies! How about we order pizza for dinner, and then have that pizza again for breakfast and lunch the next day because I don’t have the time (see item #2) to go to the store for anything besides baby food in a pouch and Diet Coke? Okay? Okay!

5. Patience with myself. My daughter’s first birthday is quickly approaching, and I still haven’t finished sending out thank-you notes for the gifts we received at her shower. Last week I totally forgot I had a presentation until 45 minutes before the presentation — which was 45 minutes away. The week before that I skipped a doctor’s appointment because I completely lost track of which week it was. I’m losing my mind and I don’t even know where to start looking for it.

6. Space on the porch. Any time I’m asked to call to mind my happy place, I think immediately of the pool at the little hotel we’ve always stayed at in Key West. It’s a small, calm oasis where you float on your back and look at the sky while you wait for your husband to throw you a can of Miller Lite from the porch of the room you’re staying in. Anyway, the pool deck is surrounded by solid walls of out-of-control tropical greenery with iguanas hiding inside. My current goal is to get our front porch and back deck as close to that state as possible. I’ve got my beloved lemon ball, some ferns, a few cacti, Philodendrons, calladiums, and some tropical looking tree of unknown origin.

Plant by plant, I’ll just wall myself in with my pizza and my baby and laundry and used test strips. God knows I’ve got plenty of those.

I miss you, Key West.

I miss you, Key West.

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10 comments on “Things I’m Running Out Of

  1. Mike Hoskins says:

    One way I got around #1 was to have my endo write the Rx for a couple extra tests a day, to accommodate for those errors and needed re-checks thanks to the glucoastering of diabetes. Of course, these days, that’s not much an issue as I’m battling burnout and hardly testing as much as I should be… but that’s a whole other story.

  2. Stacey D. says:

    I’m sorry you are feeling so overwhelmed and hope that you can get your porch to resemble your happy place as much as possible so that you don’t have to go very far to reach some peace :)

  3. a1conceive says:

    My strip RX is to test 10x/day, so I get 300 a month. however, most days I test 6, maybe 8 times/day. Some days I test 12 or 15. My endo gets it and *buffers* my script, which is nice. (She does the same for insulin and pump supplies too) Maybe talk to your doc? I know mine would rather I have too much of something than not enough!

    I would also raise hell at the pharmacy. 4×30 = 120, not 100. That seems to be an error on their part!

  4. Pizza is good. So is Diet Coke. :-)

  5. Katy says:

    You’re so cool.

  6. Katie says:

    I work for an insurance company (please don’t hate me). It sounds like you might have a Prior Authorization situation. Your doctor can write the Rx for 40 x per day all day long and it won’t matter. What matters is the quantity limit your health insurance has put in place. I would start by calling your health insurance company (# on back of ID card) and ask what the maximum number of strips is you can have in a 30 or 90 day period (depending on if you have a 90 day option). If they say it’s “x” and you want “y” you have to have your doctor contact them to request a PA for a higher quantity. They will then enter the PA and you have to make sure your script matches the amount on the PA (i.e. PA is for 300 per month, your script has to say 300). Then, finally, you should get the expected amount.

    It will take dozens of phone calls and you’ll want to kill someone. Perhaps have your husband make the calls.

  7. CJ says:

    As a type 1 myself, I certainly feel your pain! I also have an RX to test up to 10 times a day. Granted I only test 3-4 as I also use a dexcom CGM, which I absolutely love!!! Plus not having to stab my finders as many times is also an added bonus, lol. Great read, thx!

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