I've had diabetes since I was ten years old. Now I'm thirty and until the age of 29 I had not had any problems. Then, in December I started to get nerve pains in my legs. The neuropathy is so severe that I've had to quit my job and I've basically fallen into a depression as my social life has been replaced with taking large doses of pain medication and being bed ridden for most evenings as the pain increases throughout the day.
I live in Vancouver. My Endocrinologist has recently diagnosed me as being overly sensitive to insulin, where one unit of Lantis can result in a jump of + or -7 mmol and cause me to have low blood sugars. Because of this I have to keep my blood sugar at a level of about 10 or 11 in order to avoid ongoing low blood sugars throughout the day. This prevents me from having low blood sugars too often but it also raises my HA1C levels where they are clearly effecting my health. My doctor tells me that the neuropathy would be greatly helped if I only had an insulin pump to keep more precise sugar levels. The problem is that I no longer have a job, I have no money to my name and the policy in British Columbia is to only give insulin pumps to people who are aged 18 and under.
I'm wondering if there is any kind of support and compassion association for people in my situation to provide insulin pumps that anyone might know about. I haven't found any and I am quite disappointed in British Columbia's stance of only allowing those under 18 while not having a stipulation for say a 19 year old with chronic health problems.
I guess I'm at the point where I"m wondering if someone 18 years or younger would be willing to "lose" their insulin pump. By losing I mean mailing it to me after you've received a replacement from your doctor. If you are please message me, it would mean a great deal to me and my ailing body.