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It’s December! Get Your End-of-Year Prescriptions Filled!

It’s December – the busiest time of the year both at work and at home. December is the time of year when we’re so busy trying to take care of and do for others, that we often end up putting ourselves last on the list. Taking care of and helping others is great, I encourage it. But if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to take care of others. You and your health are important and self care is key in life and life with diabetes.

Self care includes scheduling doctors appointments and getting prescriptions filled – especially in December – when many of us have finally met our yearly deductibles and our medications will cost less(or cost nothing at all) than they have all year! Consider this your official reminder that January means meeting a new deductible for 2019 – GET YOUR END-OF-YEAR PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED ASAP!

What prescriptions should I get filled?

Get to work and get them all filled! Including diabetes/non-diabetes oral medications; insulin and or other diabetes injectables filled. And don’t forget about your DME (durable medical equipment), prescriptions like blood glucose test strips; ketone strips, CGM supplies, pump supplies (yes, some type 2 diabetics use insulin pumps) lancets, needles, orthotics and the likes there of.

Call up your health care specialists and request them to order any and all labs you’ve been putting off. Then complete those labs and schedule an appointment to go over the results! If you have dental insurance, get your teeth cleaning appointments in before the end of the year. Most dental policies cover two yearly cleanings and good oral hygiene is important for everyone, especially people with diabetes.

If you have a flexible spending account, you can purchase things like glucose meters, test-strips, medical ID’s, glucose tabs and other medical supplies you might not have even considered were eligible!

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