I'll be 66 years old in a few weeks, and have T1D for 39 years. I use an insulin pump (for many years on and off as health insurance would pay) and added a CGM (a year and a half ago). I'll be starting Medicare with all the Parts A, B,C, D soon after my husband's health insurance ends at his retirement in 2018. sigh.
I'm trying t be proactive--but am dragging my research-feet because I get overwhelmed by the paperwork. However, managing my disease is what I've been doing for a long time. I hear that CGM's aren't covered (yet) by Medicare. And THEN we wonder what is going to happen with healthcare under the current administration. Pre-existing condition R Us, right?
I am remaining optimistic, because what other choices? I remember checking bg's by putting blood on a strip and wiping it off to compare it with colors on the side of the container; and cutting each strip into thirds because I had to pay full price (50 cents a strip). Oh, and peeing on test-strips. . .and injections of both regular and long-acting insulins (the poor man's pump).
Let's celebrate what we CAN do and hope for the best as we age into the Medicare years, fixed-income worlds. Anyone out there who is in this place--how are the expenses going for you?