I believe that absolutely NO Type 1 Diabetic, child or adult, should ever be without the supplies he (or she) needs to properly manage his (or her) blood sugars. Essential supplies include all types of insulin, syringes, pump supplies (infusion sets, reservoirs, etc.), test strips, and glucose tablets, as well as healthy food and access to exercise. Furthermore, I believe that professional medical and nutritional advice should be available in person, by telephone or online for all Type 1 diabetics.
I had a "conversation" with my friend CJ1230 this morning, currently toward the end of the forum topic entitled "Daily Diet, Blood Sugar and Exercise Log," which along with my own experience of being unemployed and having no health insurance for a 4-month period last year, convinced me once and for all that I should do something about this.
My mission is to make sure that absolutely NO Type 1 Diabetic, child or adult, should ever be without the supplies he (or she) needs to properly manage his (or her) blood sugars. It will be difficult and it won't happen overnight. It may start with a single bottle of insulin and a bottle of test strips given to one Type 1 diabetic who needs it right now... but everything has to start somewhere.
I personally will be assuming the responsibility of initiating and managing this critical program. The name of the program will be the acronym T.O.E.S., which stands for Type One Emergency Supplies. It will be based on the concept that when you're in the position to give, "you give," and when you're in need, "you accept." We'll think of it as "a gift," from one Type One to another. Among my plans are to contact the manufacturers of insulin, syringes, pump and monitoring supplies, as well as nutritional food sources in order to negotiate discounted rates.
At this time, I am looking for any of my Juvenation friends (or prospective Juvenation friends) who would like to donate their time and creativity to the T.O.E.S. project. We are not ready to accept any supplies or monetary contributions at this during this organizational phase. Here's a chance to make a difference right now.