Over the past few months, I have let my diabetes get the better of me. I have been having health problems lately because of the fact that I allowed my blood glucose level to get out of control. Diabetes is not a forgiving disease. If you don’t control your diabetes, it controls you. I am tired of being controlled by diabetes, and my poor control of the disease. I am tired of feeling poorly. I decided to do something about it.
First step is that I got my blood glucose meter to check what my glucose level was. It’s hard to improve if you don’t know exactly where you stand. Oops. There is a problem. I don’t have any test strips. So, I started looking all around Davao City, where I live, but I could not find any test strips for my meter.
I bought my meter when I lived in General Santos City, so I thought they would probably have strips there. I called my sister-in-law who lives in General Santos and asked her to check around town to see if she can get me some test strips. No dice! Every store said that they were discontinued. I did some research and found that the strips were still being made, these stores just discontinued them.
After this, I recalled, a number of years ago, a friend who also has diabetes was shopping for test strips, and was unable to get the right strips for his meter too. We found out at the time that it seemed that stores would carry a certain brand of meters and strips. After a few years they would change to stocking a different brand. In effect, what they were doing was switching brands, because then you could not buy strips for your meter anymore, and you would be forced to buy a new meter, just so that you could get strips to test your glucose level! Frankly, this is a scam in my opinion. However, I have talked to other diabetics in the Philippines and they tell me the same story is happening in their town too.
Well, I broke down and purchased a new blood glucose meter the other day, and I stocked up on strips too. I could not over supply myself on the strips, as they have an expiration date, so I could only buy what would be used within the expiration period. Oh well…