I have really been ticked off today at everything but nothing, I am not ticked to the point some get where they yell and throw things I have come to learn nothing is gained by this type of lashing out, I really don’t like throwing stuff because I have to go and clean it up and yelling only makes the ones you love think you are lashing out at them, writing it down sometimes helps you deal with it but who knows where the problem actually is?
As most of you know I have been a Type One Diabetic for about thirty five years, I get my test strips for testing my blood glucose through a company who “takes care of all the paperwork and bills my Medicare”, my Doctor tells them how many times a day I test and they send the supplies, well here we go I have had some problems and need more test strips, I contact the company because I am almost out and explain the situation---Your supplies will not be shipped until the 27th---OK still I am running low can we do anything to get more strips for me---See your Doctor and have your next shipment upped---OK but I need test strips now can I buy some---nope you are only testing this many times a day and until your Doctor tells us different this is the amount you will get, this is when I asked “With your vast knowledge of my condition and care do you suggest I just stop testing until you decide to ship?” This is when they offered to send me a cheaper meter with a set of strips at no cost to get me through, a backup so to say, in the meantime I can get my doctor to send orders upping my number of times a day and get my normal test strips on the 27th.
The first of the month came and the mail ran and I received no test strips, Cindy gave them a call, they said test strips wont be going out until the 3rd, OK what happened to the 27th? After Cindy got through with them they explained they were faxing my Doctor to confirm the new numbers and would be shipping my normal brand test strips this same day with the upgraded amount. OK all is in line once again or so I thought.
Shipment arrives and the amount is for my old numbers and the brand is the cheap strips they sent me for backup, their explanation for this is I asked for the cheap meter and my numbers can’t be changed until my next shipment June 1st, and I need to send them my Blood Glucose test records for the month of January so they can confirm I am actually using them, How in the world can a medical supplier make the decision on how many times a day I can test contrary to my Doctors orders, it’s not like I want to poke my fingers average seven times a day and take four to five insulin injections but this is what I have to do to be able to rant and rave here, I am not in the business of selling the test strips I get from them for a profit either, Diabetes is not easy to deal with on it’s own and companies who are making a huge profit on my condition should be making it easier rather than more frustrating, I think I will be throwing something real soon and it will be this medical supplier because they are not the only ones in the business.
Thanks for listening; sometimes you just have to get it off your chest.