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Moving Forward with Type 2 Diabetes.

Moving Forward with Type 2 Diabetes

Long-distance moves are overwhelming and frustrating. Even if employment is a given, there are still challenges surrounding packing and shipping belongings, not to mention finding a place to live in a new city. Add a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes and there are the logistics of ensuring continuation of prescriptions and the anxiety of meeting new health care providers.

Moving cross-country as a healthy twenty-something right out of college turned out to be quite a bit easier than doing the same as a forty-something with a handful of chronic conditions. Now that I am settling into a new city with a new job after making this move to be closer to family, I can offer some advice that seemed to work well for me.

Prescription continuation

Check with your doctor(s) and ensure that their prescriptions will be valid in the state where you are moving. Some states require prescriptions for pen needles or syringes, so if you are taking insulin or another injectable, find out if this restriction applies.

Insurance coverage

If you are not moving for a specific job, know your options as far as health insurance coverage. It can be expensive to elect COBRA or go out on the health exchanges, but if you incorporate 4-6 months of such coverage into your moving expenses to offset the risk of no insurance, you might find other places to save money. I ended up shipping many of my belongings via package instead of using a moving company since the volume was low, the savings of which covered two months of COBRA.

New health care providers

I lived in my old location for nearly two decades, with a strong team of health care providers behind me. Most notable of them was an endocrinologist who had seen me from shortly after diagnosis through all sorts of life events all the way to the month before I moved a thousand miles towards home. Not many people with type 2 diabetes see an endocrinologist and it was only because I also deal with hypothyroidism that I ever did.

Now that I am in a new location and feel well-informed about my diabetes, I knew another way to save money after a costly move was to seek out a primary care provider who was well-versed in type 2 diabetes and thyroid conditions rather than seeing a specialist. I seemed to have lucked out with my first choice, after quite a bit of research to find such a physician that seemed to be able to handle patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Just do it!

Whether you are moving because of a corporate relocation, or because you need a fresh start, or because your family situation necessitates it, you do not have to be too afraid of how to handle practical aspects of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes. Planning ahead and being flexible are key to minimizing stress over something that is a huge life event.

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