An update.

A quick update on my story from Friday, when I lamented those “Cash for Diabetic Test Strips” signs showing up in low income parts of Baltimore:

One of the local news outlets (ABC2) has a relatively new in-depth news show called In Focus, which tries to do more of a deep dive into local stories of interest. Well… last night they did a story on these signs, and interviewed a couple of people, one of which is executive director of the Maryland chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and one who is living with Type 2 and really has something to say on this subject.

They didn’t do as in-depth a story as I would have liked, but it’s very nice to see that someone else is talking about this issue in my town. Here’s the link to the story:


On a related note, Manny Hernandez and I were interviewed by the same organization (separately) for an online story about diabetes. Manny’s part is at the beginning, and it’s very good.

Unfortunately, the reporter did not get the facts right in my case (near the end). I am not participating in an Artificial Pancreas trial in Virginia—yet. That may change in the near future, but when I spoke to the reporter, I didn’t say I was participating in an AP trial. To be honest, I’m kind of embarrassed about it. If I get turned down for the trial (which is possible—I’ve been turned down for two others), I’ll feel like I’m misleading anyone who might read it. So keep that in mind if you decide to read this:


I did find out a little more about the “Cash for Diabetic Test Strips” issue, and I’m working on a still more. Hopefully, I’ll have something meaningful to talk about when it’s all over. Happy Wednesday!

1:10 p.m.– An update to the update: I received a phone call a little over an hour ago to let me know that I met the criteria for a clinical trial that indeed does have an artificial pancreas component. Phew! At least I don’t feel as bad as I did yesterday about it. I’ll tell you more about it next week.

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  • fifteenwaitfifteen  On May 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    When I was in Jacksonville, FL last fall, I saw a sign at an intersection very briefly (and didn’t have time to take a picture of it) that said something the same, like, “Cash for diabetic supplies” or something. I have been wondering what that was all about??? It had a phone #, but again, we went through so fast I didn’t get a chance to write it down or anything.


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