Running to keep my vision and for others

Jazmine Soto, Awesome Achilles Guide and me, preparing to run the New York Road Runners 18 mile “Tune-Up” while training for the marathon on Sunday, November 5th.     Why run 26.2 miles?  Read on:  https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/zoes-zoomers-take-all-five-boroughs-of-new-york-city-on-november-5/zoeheineman    Jazmine and Zoe 2017 Achilles

Hypoglycemia Awareness Month is September because…

Starting a new school year is a logical time for people who have diabetes to get in the habit of refilling their prescription for glucagon (see example below), and used the expiring kit to train the people around them how to use it.   Students and their parents, need to train teachers and school nurses.   Coaches and childcare providers  also need to be trained how to use Glucagon kits in case of severe hypoglycemia.  Fellow classmates need to be trained how to recognize when help is needed to call an adult.  Anyone who might be a first responder to someone with diabetes could help.     To learn more, watch  Safe at School: Chapter 6 – Glucagon Administration – YouTube Cost of a Glucagon Kit

On September: Hypoglycemia Awareness month

In order to learn from each other’s experience, I am gathering anecdotes and stories around hypoglycemia during  September which is Hypoglycemia Awareness month.  Today I invite you to share a story of your own regarding an episode of severe hypoglycemia.   Please send them to me directly via email to hoyzoya@gmail.com   I will be posting what you share, and keeping them anonymous.

Thank you for reading.  Thank you for your always welcome comments and contributions that guide me in knowing what you think and feel about the topics I raise.

Are you kidding me? $365.99 = Price of a Glucagon 1mg Emergency Kit, by Lilly

Today a Cost of a Glucagon KitLilly glucagon kit costs $365.99.  WOW.  No wonder why most people with diabetes haven’t got one.  WIth or without insurance, maybe they cannot afford it or the out of pocket co-pay.  As documented by my picture, my insurance company paid 100%  $365.99 for me to carry a Glucagon Emergency Kit.    Use of this kit by a trained caregiver or first responder will prevent brain damage that begins after 30 minutes without adequate glucose.   Beyond brain damage, this kit could save my life.   To be on the safe side, 2 kits should be dispensed with every RX.   If not 3.    I should carry one with me at all times.  If I worked in an office, I would keep one there.   Wherever I spend time, it is safe to have one available for the first responders in that environment.     And if the kit is used, another one needs to take its place immediately.

Please find out how much Glucagon costs you by getting a new prescription or a refill.   Tell me – what is your copay?   Based on a retail price of $365.99?   Or more?  Or less?

I want to hear from you and your friends with t1.

Thanks in advance for sharing.