A few days ago someone I have known for many years through work passed away. That alone was a shock, as he was a younger man, I'd guess in his late 40's or so. But the real shock? Rumor has it that the cause of his death was that he, and Type II Diabetic, had not been taking his insulin for the last two years....because he could not afford it.
He and I had many conversations about diabetes. We talked about the differences in his Type II and my daughter's Type I. We compared notes on treatments, carb counting, and needle sizes. He occasionally mentioned his limited heath insurance plan through his job, but he never once mentioned to me that he was no longer taking his insulin.
I am so saddened by this. I would have helped him if I'd known. I work in a nursing home, with connections to doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. I have a diabetic child and plenty of diabetic contacts in various places. I have the internet. I would have found a way to get him the insulin he needed if he had just let me know there was a problem.
We don't have the best insurance, but I am so very thankful that we can afford Rosie's insulin. I'm praying tonight for all those who can't.
I'm posting daily in November in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month and the WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month. #NHBPM