Nightmares and Insurance
Yesterday hubby went to pick up older kid from school, then ran an errand with him. Before he left the house, his BG was 98. When he returned 40 minutes later, it was 36 (he didn't notice). Again, nightmare scenarios flit across my mind. What to do? Maybe I should ask him for solutions; the problem is convincing him that there is a problem.
That so clearly illustrates the inadequacy of single BG monitoring. They're only a snapshot in time, entirely missing trending: Is the BG going up? Plummetting down? No way to tell unless you check yourself at continuous intervals. And who has the time, or tolerance for pain, or money for the test strips to do that? And while I'm at it, here's the rant against insurance companies. How ridiculous is it to not cover test strips??! How do those not fall under the rubric of "medical care"? The companies do pay for yearly checkups (preventive care), why not test strips? Don't those provide preventive care as well? Here's the math: my husband spends about $200 on test strips per month. One ambulance trip to the hospital costs about $1000. For one trip (and we're not even counting the cost of hospital care, if only to monitor for x hours), you have 5 months' worth of strips.