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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Overhead

I hate managing my prescriptions.

I have some insurance coverage, and I'm thankful for that. But it's still a pain in the ass to keep up on all of the prescriptions for everything.

Not even a really a big deal. But it is Another Thing to do.

I even use a mail order service that provides a three month supply. I can refill over the web. They tell me in my statements when each medicine is eligible for refill (so I can set reminders in my calendar).

I've been using the service for a while. At the end of last year I was very pleased to see that ALL of my meds were eligible for refill on 1/1/07 - something to due with the end of the year obviously. Awesome!

It was pretty close to when I would need to order many of them anyway, but the fact I could handle it all in one fell swoop was very handy!

So it was that way for the first and second quarter of this year. One order. One Big Ass Bill. One shipment. Nice (well, all except the bill).

When I ordered this time I got a bunch of rejections saying that I was trying to order some things too soon, and that they would be held and submitted when eligible.

I couldn't help but be a little frustrated. More so for the overhead that it causes when they are out of sync than at anything else. Now, instead of one big bill (and subsequent paperwork for reimbursement from my health savings account), it will be three or four. Boom - just like that my workload has quadrupled.

It never fails that when I NEED to order a refill on something I can't afford to pay for it right then. When it was all in one "package" and all at one time, I could shift things around to deal with it. Not so much when they are all over the place.

It could be worse, and I'm thankful that I am able to (barely, most of the time) afford the meds I use.

But, I feel the need to acknowledge the frustration I feel trying to manage it all. I don't need any more "things" on my list. It's plenty full already.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Blinking Thogger Award...

...oh darn, I've goofed it up.


The always wonderful Allison has awarded me (and four other quite awesome bloggers) the "Thinking Blogger Award" (started by ilka yoldas)! Thank you very much!

Essentially, it’s an award-tagging meme, where you select five bloggers who make you think and bestow the Thinking Blogger Award. Then each of those five bloggers choose five more bloggers who make them think.

I would like to award the following five blogs with the Thinking Blogger Award:

1) George Simmons: This is one of my best friends from the OC. "G-Money" and I swear that we are brothers separated at birth or something. I would like to take a moment to recognize George for all that he has done in a short couple of years. I don't think he gives himself enough credit for all of his hard work. His blog is called "Born Again Diabetic", and that is so very true. George made some pretty drastic changes in his life, all to the good. That is some serious hard work, and I want to say "George - pat yourself on the back man, you have done such a good job with all of this. I cannot put into words how proud I am of you."

2) Penny: Penny has shared so much of herself with us through blogging about her learning to cope with her son, Riley, and his diabetes diagnosis. She has hit us with at least a few posts that really make you stop and think. On Riley's behalf, I really appreciate all that Penny does. And how great is it of her to share it all with us? Thank you Penny!

3) Bernard Farrell: Bernard, this dude is a magician with the image editing tools. What more needs to be said! Bernard has graced us all with some very funny pictures to help lift the mood. Thanks man!

4) MN Nice: Kathy is one of my most cherished friends in the OC. I feel like I could gain diabetes and life wisdom just by sharing space with her. Thank you Kathy, for all that you offer with your words of support and stories of what you experience. They are very, very helpful for a young pup like me.

5) Kevin: Kevin? Kevin P.? Soon to be daddy Kevin? Yep. Kevin is awesome, although he's got his hands full trying to finish ALL of his life projects before his twins show up. Kevin created the excel logbook that many of us use every day. His blog posts are also very entertaining. He's got these cool little sidebar "thingys" that you just have to experience to appreciate. Often times they make me laugh out loud. Other times they help me appreciate what Kevin is trying to say about something. I appreciate each and every one of his blog posts. Kevin helps make the OC what it is today. And I won't even get into the time he spent commenting and offering support/input on our blogs before launching his own. Thanks Kevin for all that you do.

What happens now?

This is a tagged-only meme. You must be tagged by someone in order to participate.

If any of the above bloggers choose to participate, they should:
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make them link.
2. Email them to let them know they have been selected.
3. Link to my post so your readers can find the origin of your award.
4. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Thanks again Allison!