Medicare denied my CGM, a lifesaving device for diabetics that continuously monitors your blood sugar so you know if you’re going high or low or are good.
Last night, my sugar crashed in my sleep. I almost didn’t wake up. Thank God I did. I walked to get juice and my knees gave out because my glucose level was so goddamned low. I fell face forward. I was alone in my apartment. If I’d passed out without getting juice in me, I would die. Luckily the tumble was fairly benign & I sucked down juice from the kitchen floor.
The CGM is $700. Not bad. It’ll hook up to my pump so they work together, like baby robots, to suspend insulin when I’m low. Right now I give a one time shot of long-acting insulin at night and it lasts for 24 hours; I also give half a dozen injections a day for treating before meals, and I check my sugar 4-8 times a day. The CGM and insulin pump will largely eliminate those pricks. (Unfortunately, neither device works on my dating life.)
So, the pump is covered and will cost about $100/month out of pocket. The CGM will be $700 upfront and then $1300 (!) every 90 days. (!!!!!!) People have advised me to crowd raise but it’s not my style and plus I’d feel bad doing anything fun when I should use all funds for the CGM. Currently I get $1000/month in SSI, pay $800 for rent, $300 for meds. I’m technically unable to work. I live off savings and babysitting.
My question is: What would you do? Strain your parents? Beg your grandmother? Cry to the Internet (check…)? Or is there another way, a way I haven’t thought of…
I’m really asking for any advice and I appreciate the help. I’m drowning in medical bills as it is (30k) and can’t add to the pile.
Where can I watch every episode of ER online for free?