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THANKS SO VERY much to all the
magazine’s contributors. I am in my 57th
year of type 1 diabetes and a Joslin 50-year
medalist. I’ve experienced the Clinitest
urine tests, the boiling of syringes and
sharpening of needles, and the multiple
injections stage. My current method of
control is with a pump and on-and-off use
of a continuous glucose monitor. Through
most of my life, I have been a faithful reader
Dr. Erika Gebel Berg’s articles have been
favorites of mine: “Building a Better
Pancreas” (March) and “The Next
Generation” and “Anatomy of a Sensor”
(both in May, pp. 28 and 46, respectively).
Two previous ones by Dr. Gebel, “Anatomy
of a Test Strip” and “The Cost of Test Strips”
(July 2012), are “keepers”!
May’s “Security Check” by Stephanie M.
McPherson [p. 25] came just in time for a
trip overseas. “Not Your Type?” by Lindsey
Wahowiak [p. 52] was not only interesting
but informative. Every January I look
forward to the annual Consumer Guide
Keep up the great work.
Mara Suarez-Legault, Miami
HERMAN MILLER WROTE to Reply All about
foot pain from neuropathy [May ’ 14, p. 12]. I
also suffered for some time and finally
made the move to diabetic shoes and I find
that I have less pain during the day.
I wish I had done this 10 years earlier. The
shoes really help during exercise and just
walking around. I would also make sure you
are not wearing flat-soled footwear or
slippers; I use the inserts for plantar fasciitis.
Al Hintz, Danville, Ill.
Pop Goes the Price
I AM A LONGTIME user of a continuous
glucose monitor (CGM). On page 48 of the
May 2014 issue [in “Anatomy of a Sensor”],
your magazine states that for a CGM,
“sensors cost $50 to $100 a pop.” For mine,
the price that I get with a major insurance
company is $100 a pop. Without insurance it
is at least double that.
Fifty dollars a pop? Only if you have
MY SUPERVISOR WROTE in a letter that I
am a “severe diabetic.” I can’t express how
furious I am with him. He thinks that
because I have an insulin pump, I am in
poor condition. (My A1C is under 6 percent.)
Sherri Irvin, Monroe, N.C.
The Editors respond: The American Diabetes
Association’s legal advocacy program has a
four-step approach for ending discrimination
against people with diabetes: educate, negotiate,
litigate, and legislate. Your supervisor clearly
needs education about diabetes; we suggest an
article about diabetes and careers, available
diabetesforecast.org/careers. If education
fails, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)
to arrange to speak with a legal advocate.
glucose levels indicates
a pass/fail mind-set,
while “checking” or
information to manage
and/or correct them.
diabetes is as useless
Sheila Matlak, RN, CDE
Ellicott City, Md.
Turn to page 36 to see
how therapeutic shoes
keep feet happy.