Poll: Have you ever traded or exchange any diabetes supplies with others?


I love when people who don’t have diabetes try and chastise us or try and make things harder on us for making mistakes. “Its your disease, take some responsibility!” Its like they say people do their best mothering before having a child (which I’m almost certainly guilty of). Even when people have 1 thing to remember, mistakes happen, but we have so many things to remember.

I’m in a period of increasing bitterness about the obliviousness of the people around me. I’m trying to work my way through it, but it bursts through at random, inappropriate times.


Don’t listen to them,Becky. I’ve not had an experience such as you’ve mentioned, with someone chastising me or making me feel uncomfortable, due to my diabetes and I’m quite open about having diabetes…since 1978. Think of it like this: I’m sure you have read about celebs and others complaining about the mean things people say to them on social media. And I always think: “so stay off of social media!!”. It won’t kill anyone to stay away from things that irritate them, like Twitter, Instagram, etc. Being on those platforms a lot is an obsession rather than a necessity.

In your case, don’t engage, turn your head and ears, or start a different conversation, unrelated to diabetes.


I’ve been really lucky to have been given insulin and my first Dexcom even, back when I couldn’t get insurance (living in AZ and being self-employed before the ACA). I recently did a trade through a FB group, since I had several boxes of pods left after switching to the Tslim, and it worked out great! Someone else had lots of extra Novolog and really needed pods… I love when we can work things out like that!


No, but I’ve tried. I tried to donate my stash of 70/30 Nph/R insulin when i finally got insurance and could afford the prescription stuff, but couldn’t find anyone who wanted it. I wound up throwing them away when they expired. I currently also have a massive stash of one touch verio test strips that I would love to donate, but can’t find anyone local who wants them, either.


Check PM Jim.


@Ruth4 – Please check your TuD private messages.


When I had 300 One Touch strips left when I got the whiz-bang Medtronic 630 w/communicating glucose tester, I gave the OT strips away. Now, my insurance no longer covers whiz-bang strips, so i’m back to OT! May be irrelevant—just signed up for Medicare BCD+.

I have taken unopened/unexpired insulin pens and OmniPods to my endo—fair trade, she gives me pens for when I travel as pump back-up.

I notice signs around Tucson with “Cash for diabetic test strips” + a phone number.
Not interested personally (probably a secret code for a fight club!), but do these show up elsewhere?


When Medtronic advised that they could not get paid from my Medicare Advantage Plan for my Guardian 3 sensors, I was charged $345 for a box of 5. However. I was able to buy two boxes off of E-Bay for $200.

For a period, my son was without insurance and I sent him several canisters of test strips. He advised that he was able to buy several vials of insulin off of Craig’s list to tide him over.


I was reading this and got to the part about “take responsibility” and just remember I forgot that I had to get to the pharmacy before 9 to get my prescription. (Fortunately, it isn’t “life threatening”) but my mother is always saying: “Why do you wait till the last minute before you call it in?” I have to give her that one because she’s right. This is the first time though I completely forgot to watch my time. Crap…:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


Never have I seen a sign “Cash for test strips.” That’s a new one for me.


MOOBM, oddly enough (not really—thanks, Google/Facebook/Amazon!), I started getting offers in my feed to buy strips after I posted that. Apparently, it’s a thriving online market for those with lots of strips (paid for by insurance) that won’t expire in the next 6 months!


Insulin for Life—http://ifl-usa.org/—will take just about any unexpired insulin and supplies.


Another bunch of resources for donating supplies: