Over the holidays, my boys and I were sitting at our kitchen table enjoying an after supper conversation. My youngest son happened to look at a drug store receipt on the table and said "$160 for a month of test strips? That's crazy!"
I quickly explained that sadly that did not cover a month's worth of testing. I also reminded him that there was still the cost of insulin and pump supplies to add to that monthly diabetes care bill.
He was completely incensed. He was adamant that he would NOT be spending that kind of money on his diabetes care when he was older. This was insane by his calculation. No one should have to pay such crazy amounts to stay alive.
He decided that he would have to seriously cut down his testing when he was forced to cover his own supply costs. He informed me that when we went to diabetes events and he filled out cards, they always asked if he tested only a few times per week. He had to state that he was the child of an obsessive tester and tested closer to 10 times per day. My young son felt that these cards(geared to people with Type 2 diabetes) justified him not testing in his adult years.
I groaned and tried to explain to him that a lack of testing was not an option to consider. I had invested in a Disability Savings Plan for him and reminded him that it would give him some money towards his diabetes supplies when he was older. I also encouraged him to keep contributing and taking advantage of the free government money.
This did nothing to pacify him. He remained horrified at the cost of his care. He decided that it was the job of the government to cover his costs. If they did not pay for his supplies, he would die. It was simple.
I wish it was that simple. I wished that governments actually cared. His throught processes scare me at times. I pray that he does have good coverage when he gets older...and more importantly that he uses the tools available to him to keep himself healthy.