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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...
Think about it for a moment: we already have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. What's next? Cash Wednesday? Barter Thursday? Alternate-payment-method following Friday?
For those of us living with diabetes, there are more methods of purchase and payment than we care to think about, just to stay alive. And for many of us, our Christmas Wish List is as likely to include items such as
55 CGM sensors (one for each week, plus a couple of spares)
150 sets of infusion sets and tubing (one every three days, plus spares)
5000 glucose test strips (approximately 15 per day, allowing for sufficient tests, calibrations, and errors)
50 tubes of glucose tabs (approximately one per week, or enough to stash a few in multiple easily-found locations)
Sufficient amounts of insulin, amylin, and other injectable diabetes medications, along with the pens, needles, syringes, and other paraphernalia for using them
Sufficient amounts of oral diabetes medications
Gift cards for our local pharmacy, preferred mail-order pharmacy, preferred Internet pharmacy, as well as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc.
and a single lancet in a brand new lancing device
Since these are necessary for life not just "as we know it", but living at all! when these do not arrive in our Christmas stocking, we must procure and pay for them ourselves.
We get our diabetes-necessary goods from local pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, Internet pharmacies, local clinics and doctors' offices, at trade shows, direct from manufacturers (via prescription assistance), and so on.
We pay for them with insurance coverage, insurance co-pays, flexible savings accounts, health savings accounts, credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, checks, e-cash, and (when push comes to shove) "legal tender" endorsed by our national governments (and often bearing the likeness of one or another of their rulers).
Perhaps, in the wake of Diabetes Blessings Week, we need to extend our outreach through Holy Christmakwanzakah Shopping Week (and this year, through the last week of Diabetes Awareness Month) and consider replacing some of the Tom Lehrer hypermarketing with some branding of our own.
How do "InFUSION Set Friday", "Sensor Saturday", and "Test Strip Tuesday" sound?
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)