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You Down With DOC?

A few months ago I found that my insurance would not cover my One Touch strips but instead gave me a Freestyle meter and strips to match. I was pretty upset about it but why? The DOC, that is why.

That’s right, I am blaming the DOC for my issue with insurance just deciding things for me. Before the DOC I just took whatever I was giving and used which ever device I was told to use and it was fine! I never was upset with the insulin I took or if it came out of a syringe or not.  I didn’t care about back lights on a meter or what glucose tabs tasted like. I didn’t care about which doctor I saw since they are all the same and they all know the same things.

Wow! Ignorance is bliss I guess. A bliss that can really make diabetes crumbier. Sure it already sucks and every meter wants my blood but the features I want are not going to be the same features you might want.

If I am testing then why should it matter? In fact, because I am testing it should matter what I want so I will continue to do what I need to do to stay out of the hospital in need of costly treatment for avoidable complications!

Staying connected to the community allows me to see what is out there and what you all think about it. It empowers me to find the doctor that works for me, talk to him about my treatment, be engaged, and question things from a place of knowledge.

You don’t have to write or participate in the DOC to receive its benefits but when you do you become part of the empowering voice and that is a good feeling.


This post actually started with the desire to complain about my Freestyle Lite meter and how it needs a new battery almost every week but things turned for the better I guess. This was a much more productive and positive post which is where I want to be today. 

Reader Comments (7)

George, thanks for the positive spin in this post. I thought it was just me. I guess you can add validation to the list of positives too.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephenS

Tell the insurance company that you don't like the skanky "strip club" they are making you a member of because the one you already go to has better looking...uh...meters.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S.

I totally agree that ignorance is bliss. Insurance sucks when they try to take something from you that is working just fine. :/

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Your Freestyle Lite should not use batteries Ike that. Mine sure doesn't. Call the company and complain. One good thing about the Freestyke line is you can put some blood on the strip, move you finger away and then reapply more. You just have to reapply on the same side of the strip There isn't any other brand where you can remove your finger and go back. I always thought this was a great feature.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudi

Information is such power isn't it?
I honestly feel the next 10 - 20 years of diabetes management will be so different because of the DOC and it will be a better nicer place

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNice Diabetes

Sure it already sucks and every meter wants my blood but the features I want are not going to be the same features you might want.

Great post.Thank you for taking the time to posting this information very helpfull!. I discovered so many interesting things inside your blog especially.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwww.effectivefa.com

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