A Friend in Need

A Friend in Need December 17, 2014

I know I call my readers’ attention to important fundraising projects a lot, but I hope everyone understands that I don’t do it because I expect everyone to contribute every time. I do it because I think it’s important to give when we can and different needs will motivate people in different ways. But this one involves one of my dearest friends in the world, so it’s more important to me than most.

Connie is a brittle diabetic, which means her blood sugar fluctuates wildly, far more than the average diabetic does. The other day she went from a low of 58 to over 500 in a matter of minutes. She has an insulin pump, but her insurance will not pay for something called a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, which would allow the pump to monitor her blood sugar practically minute-to-minute and administer insulin in the proper dosages as needed to avoid the huge swings that are so damaging to her body and that put her in the hospital several times a year.

Many years ago, I asked my readers for help in purchasing the pump, the CGMS and supplies and people really stepped up. For a year or so, she had the CGMS and it did wonders. Her blood sugar had much lower variance and she was far healthier overall. But the ongoing costs are enormous. The CGMS itself is hundreds of dollars and it costs about $500 a month for the necessary supplies (these little filaments that are absurdly expensive).

The need here is enormous. Whether she has a CGMS or not directly determines how long she will live. With it, her life will probably be extended for several more years; without it, the ongoing toll on her body will kill her much sooner. This is someone I love very much, one of the most important people in my life. I know Christmas is a difficult time to ask for help, but it really can’t wait. So if you have a little extra money, please help if you can. If not, I certainly understand. More information and a means to donate here.


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