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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 8:31am

Felaine, I am so very sorry you got caught in our nation's failure to care for those who need help. Your story is an important one and needs to be heard by voters. Your situation is not unusual, sadly. If the voters understood how vulnerable they are to ageing and its complications they would make necessary changes.  

"Since Big Pharma is no longer required to provide prescription meds to low or no-income patients, I have not been able to afford any meds, and am slowly going downhill."

"My toes are starting to turn  black, and I can't walk unaided anymore..."

This should not be happening to you. Be sure to see a doctor and find a social worker who can help you navigate the bureaucracy. Do keep us informed. I wish you liked bananas, they provide needed nutrition. 

The feet experiences of a diabetic grow progressively worse, especially if you do not have your meds and proper food. I am sure you know to stay away from carbohydrates because of the high sugar content. The foods that keep my blood sugar down are vegetables with lots of color: spinach, tomatoes, celery, swiss chard. Are you able to grow vegetables in a garden. It does cos money for watering, and your feet may not allow you to function. 

I can't think of any more ideas. 

Since Big Pharma is no longer required to to provide prescription meds to low or no-income patients, I have not been able to afford any meds, and am slowly going downhill.  

Comment by Plinius on June 30, 2015 at 2:10am

Thinking of you, Felaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 29, 2015 at 8:03pm

I'd rather die than shop at WalFart, plus our city council has so far refused them a permit (which makes me very proud.)

I have never signed up for Medicareless Part D because I can't afford the additional premium...part B is bad enough (10% of my Social Insecurity).   And it's just corporate welfare anyway....(I tried filing for federal disability, got a lawyer who specializes in that, and got a lecture from a cranky old judge....I was humiliated.)

I'm just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 29, 2015 at 3:06pm

Sk8eycat, you live in California. Anybody in the USA over 65 years old should be able to get generic meds at Walmart for $4 a prescription. Do you have Medicare? My Medicare is farmed out to Coventry Gold Advantage and most of my scripts are free.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2015 at 1:01pm

My very religious doctor I used to see, said I was close to being diabetic, but my new doctor says no, and I think he knows more than most doctors I've had, for several reasons.

I haven't checked my blood sugar level for a long time, but since spring arrived and I've been getting a lot of exercise working in the garden almost every day, plus being on Atkins diet for over 3 weeks, it should be good.

As far back as I can remember, I could go without eating anything for 2 days and see no problems.  I'm still that way.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 29, 2015 at 12:19pm

I AM diabetic, and when I was getting free meds to regulate my blood sugar, I DID get the shakes and sweats if I didn't eat regularly.

Since Big Pharma is no longer required to to provide prescription meds to low or no-income patients, I have not been able to afford any meds, and am slowly going downhill.  BUT I'm not hungry very often anymore.

My toes are starting to turn  black, and I can't walk unaided anymore....going to try to get to the ER this week.  I don't want to  have to go through with the vein grafting, etc., that my Dad suffered 30 years ago.  I'd rather call it quits.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2015 at 7:37am

Joan, eating breakfast is more of a habit than anything, not to mention we've been told "it's the most important meal of the day". Horse manure.  I've never gotten the shakes by skipping breakfast. Surprisingly, I've gotten the shakes about 3 hours AFTER eating breakfast.

It is said that the body works off food eaten within 12 hours. After that, the body begins using up stored fat. Fasting for 16 hours, meaning skipping breakfast, once or twice a week, really works in losing weight. Pretty soon, your cravings and "shakes" disappear. Then again, I'm not diabetic--and certainly no doctor!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 28, 2015 at 3:07pm

Joan, since I'm retired, I don't HAVE to eat anything if I'm not hungry, and I'm rarely hungry these days. 

I have always liked "breakfast food," like Mexican omelets* for dinner, a nice big wedge of iceberg lettuce with 1000 Island dressing for lunch.  I sometimes have a small bowl of oatmeal with butter and brown sugar an hour before bedtime...maybe once a month. 

I used to like a slice of leftover pizza for breakfast....cold or reheated... didn't matter.  But I haven't had pizza for at least 5 years now.  I don't crave it anymore....used to though.

I bought 2 lbs of fresh cherries the last time I shopped (on line)...Deeeee-licious, and they help take the edge off the pain in my feet.

The people at the nutrition program keep checking on me, and are a little astonished that I can't eat everything they's too much. 

I give my sister the daily 8oz of milk because she still believes the "Every Body Needs Milk" nonsense. And I get at least one banana a week....Gaaaahhhh!  She thinks those nasty things are "healthy," too.  So nothing gets wasted.

*(We used to laugh when some gringo would order a "Spanish omelet" and then chew out the wait staff when they were served eggs wrapped around potatoes with cheese.  But that IS a Spanish-style omelet.....bland)

Comment by Michael Penn on June 28, 2015 at 8:41am

at a couple of Mangos, Joan. Eat an orange. Have coffee if you will.

Have a good sandwich for lunch and if you can have no bread then eat all of it together as in a salad.

For dinner steam some vegetables and eat meat like chicken or fish.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2015 at 8:29am

How interesting, Randy, no breakfast at all? I start to shake and get sweaty within an hour of waking. Craig, my son, recommended fruit upon rising with no bread products or meats, carbohydrates at lunch which is usually a sandwich of one kind or another, and protein with fibrous vegetables for dinner. My blood sugar stays at just about 100 all day long using this method. 

How do you get through the morning without breakfast? 


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