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    Quote Originally Posted by scott2218 View Post
    I was diagnosed in Dec last year. Make sure she takes the Metformin it hasn't bothered me but, it can cause Diarrea, stomach pains, nausea. I picked up the Diabetes for Dummies and try to read Diabetic Living Magazine. Things you have to stock up on besides the insulin is Needles and Strips for your Glucose meter. They DO expire. Wal mart has a pretty good (cheap) meter for $9 and the strips are 100@ $38 I use it as a Back up in my BOB and around the house. Pick up some Glucose Tabs (they come in bottles and tubes) Keep them in the BOB, car, your pocket/purse, etc. I would also get either the glucose Gel or the Liquid shots for emergencys. Wal mart has the cheapest needles 100 @ $13. If you doc gives out "samples" of needles or whatever get them. This stuff gets expensive. I personally don't have insurance so I either have to buy it myself or I get it from these folks Volunteers in Medicine It is an option for those that have NO insurance. Check with your doctor /diatician and set a Carbohydrate limit for meals and stick to it. Mine is set at 60 carbs per meal. I can go up to 75 carbs if I need to. Its a huge diet change. I have been adjusting out preps accordingly.
    Its been two years since i posted the above info. We adjusted our preps to eliminate a large majority of the pasta and rice. we switched out diet to a whole foods, Asian style meal plan. Lots of stir frys, sushi, and things. Prep wise we discovered that "Sushi Rice" is lower in carbs than most regular rice. Also, the St Louis area has a large amount of Asian grocery stores. We buy rice in bulk now, along with other stuff. Diabetes wise, I still use Vol in Meds. I have managed to put back about a 1yrs worth of Insulin and 4 mos of Metformin. strips I have 3 mos and Target sells the brand that the Doc gives me. A little cheaper than Wal mart by about a Dollar. Needles are cheapest at Costco by $2 (over Sams) I still get samples and do stick them back. My personal #'s have been good. All i need to do now is work on weight loss. I am down 3 sizes

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    Continuing what I said yesterday. For emergency Insulin storage my short term plan is to bury it. I have the hole already dug. Insert a cooler and its ready. (currently i use the "hole" with a tub inside it to store Gas cans for my Scooter and car. Its underneath all my Gardening things. We live in an Apt. but the landlord could care less about everything. To ramp up your preps and supplies try asking your Doc or medical Professional for any samples. Most Dr.'s do not advocate using your needles multiple times. Because I use a "Free clinic" they have alluded to doing it. use your own judgement. My wife hates it when I do it but I have. Lancets are the same way. My own Father reuses his for about a week. Once again follow your Dr's advice on this.

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    Type 2 diabetics have it better than type 1's. Full on insulin dependent diabetics, like my wife, in a true SHTF event, where medical supplies are disrupted, lack of electricity etc, will last only as long as their insulin supplies. My wife was diagnosed as type 1 diabetic when she was 14, her father when he was 4. My father in-law recently had a kidney transplant, and the transplant doctors are pushing for him to have a pancreas transplant as well. My wife was also told she should get a pancreas transplant, according to the Dr., they throw a lot of those out. She just finished testing. I think I would her take her chances with out anti rejection medications, than with out insulin, though neither option is great by any means.

    Sorry for rambling, I hate what the future could possibly hold, not just for diabetics, but anyone on any type of 'You have to take this or Die' life long medications, or conditions.

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    resurrecting this golden oldie for a new chip addition >>>>> 8 years since it was first posted and 5 years since the last posting - new info and drugs on the market - time to update

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