a reply to: denybedoomed
My nephew is T1D so I feel for you and her. We had a few issues when he lived with us. Nothing to the degree that you are experiencing. I'll offer a
few things and hopefully something can help you and your stepdaughter.
You said the birth father is a 'deadbeat' but, isn't he responsible for her health care as well? In other words, does he not have to put her on HIS
I bought several of the reli on brand meters (I think they are around $10). With busy teenagers, as my nephew was, we were able to have one at home,
one in each vehicle, the one for school (nurses office) one at the gym, football field, back pack, etc. you get my drift.
Also, the supplies for those are relatively inexpensive.
He used the humalog kwikpen and lantus at night.
With a sliding scale and as a teenager, his needed amounts could change drastically from month to month so it is good practice to have her
endocrinologist write a very broad prescription at each time (we visited every 6 months with a script for a year at a time). In other words when you
discuss the recent amounts and they check the meter for past readings they should be able to come up with a number of vials, strips, etc that will
allow you a little more leeway so you don't run out so quickly before you pre order.
If you realize you are out and it may take a few days, perhaps you could get one of the pens from school and bring it home. I have done that before
and then just replace it when I get the new one.
If you speak to the pharmacist directly and make clear that you will be using their pharmacy strictly from here on out they should order a stock and
remember to keep ordering to keep it in stock. I understand the frustration though as we also have had to drive several towns over to get the needed
medicine if delivery wouldn't be soon enough from another pharmacy in the network.
Also, order at the beginning of the month, don't wait until there is only one pen left or the bottle of lantus is less than half.
If you are able to 'network' you may find some assistance as well in your community. My supervisors husband is diabetic and he got his lantus through
the VA. She often brought me bottles that he didn't need and that helped often times. Yes, I am sure that's questionable legally but, one does what
one has to do.
I don't know about legal action. I think that maybe if you work closely with the endo and pharmacist and the pharmacy tells you they cannot carry that
brand (for ins reasons) then call the endo and ask for guidance and a new script and go that route and remember, don't wait too long to order again.
Do it as soon as permissible and that will afford you some time.
Good luck to your stepdaughter! Watch those numbers!