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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Today a Lilly 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.
Unsweetened. That is the name of the book I am writing. Untold stories of people living with diabetes. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” I am writing this book to tell the true stories of people with diabetes. 29 million Americans are estimated to have diabetes or get diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. 317 million people – and counting – live with diabetes around the world. Scary big. Let’s stop blaming people who have it. Let’s stop shaming people who have it in public and around the dinner table. Let’s get real. Let’s get unsweetened.