I hate that it has been so long. Not that I have that large of a fan base, but I hate leaving it hanging. Life happens I guess.
That is actually one of the biggest problems I have with diabetes. Great segue. Life gets in my way the majority of the time. The rest of the time he is just lazy. If I’m lazy, then what is a pancreas that quits? In retirement. Uh huh. Diabetes requires the attention of the diabetic. Well, when I get slammed at work or I’m rushing to get Tata to Girl Scouts on time or the baby is crying or the wife is calling or… This could go on forever. It’s not easy, and life gets in the way.
I have a new meter. Walgreens has been having this sale on the Bayer Contour USB, which I have wanted for a very long time. Only because Nick Jonas uses it. Only because the meter has a full color screen, plugs directly into the PC, comes with software on the device to track trends, has a little light to check your blood in the dark, has reminder alarms to remind me to check my blood after meals, the lancing device doesn’t fall apart like my other ones, the strips are better (I can’t really explain that), and Nick Jonas uses it. All I really know about Nick Jonas is that he has diabetes, uses my favorite meter, and is part of the Jonas Brothers, which I am fairly certain is a TV show on Disney. I could look it up, but that would ruin the fun.
The downside of my new meter, is that it doesn’t use my One Touch Ultra testing strips. I just saw the endocrinologist recently so my prescription is for the meter I don’t want to use any more. Well, that would normally be the downside. The real downside is that he is an idiot. I have an HSA (Health Savings Account) as part of my health insurance thing. If the person who invented HSA had diabetes, it would have been a Health Spending Account. Don’t ask me the specifics, but basically, every year, I have to spend $4,000 in health care costs out of my pocket or my HSA before my insurance pays for anything. We call that a $4,000 deductible, idiot. Anyway, every year, the counter starts over in October. In other words, right now, I am paying 100% of my health care costs. Which means my strips, that usually cost about $10 with my prescription, now cost $103 dollars. It doesn’t matter if I have a prescription or not. And you don’t need one for testing strips. I still have to pay full price until I have spent $4,000. Which means he could have bought the strips that go with his new meter instead of buying the ones that he had the prescription for. Exactly.
I think I may have gotten off on a tangent there. May have? I have ADHD you know. Excuses? Even my time to write today was split into sections. This morning we went to a new church. It is a Nazarene church. I’m not entirely sure what that means yet, but Mamma seems to like it. We actually went there this evening for a pot luck as well. They fired the pastor at our old church, and it just wasn’t worth the distance as we only stayed there because Mamma liked the pastor. So what denomination are we? Dolly Parton said it best in Steel Magnolias, “Oh, honey, God don’t care which church you go to, long as you show up.”
So I have a new meter and a new church. Tomorrow is a new day. I have to get up early and go to work. It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I wrote last. Hopefully, I will be able to get more writing in, and the gaps between posts will become less dramatic.