My death

Lets celebrate to true genius, albeit evil genius of Teresa May and her cronies. In one simple innocuous decision she has on paper saved the NHS countless millions and ended the uncontrollable spread of diabetes in the uk. Well amongst the poor that is, but what a humanitarian? Of course she won’t publicise her fantastic efforts to massively reduce one of Western Societies most problematic conditions. She won’t ever be seen as a modern Marie Curie, nor even good old Florence Nightingale, infact she truly would deny her intent in this, well publicly that is.
So how has she achieved such a wondrous outcome? A new cure? New treatment? A new prevention?
No nothing so obvious or old hat. What she has done is far more imaginative.
She has simply ended government (NHS) funding of blood test strips. This simple move will now cost around £70 per month (a mere lunch at Claridges for her compatriots), which sadly to those of us on low wages, on benefits, surviving on tax credits or/and food banks is beyond any kind of reach.
Those of us that have to decide what to cut out just to afford the bus fare to a hospital appointment, or which meals we do not eat in order to warm but one room of our home (if we infact have a home) truly cannot afford this cost.
What this new reality we have woken up to truly means is illness, ulcers (in limbs not your mouth, oozing puss filled sores that do not heal), blindness, neuropathy (permanent nerve damage that causes pain, loss of blood flow, erectile dysfunction and the like, basically steals any quality of life), amputation, and yes frequently death.
Now those of us whether type one or type two that use insulin need to test our blood. We need to do this regularly and also when ever feeling unwell. We may or may not have good control of our illness and taking the meds but even for those that truly get their insulin right every time (sadly not me) a simple cold or bug can mean we take too little or more worrying for me as type two, far too much.
Hypo’s are not much fun. They cause dizziness, a feeling of nausea, headaches, shaking, passing out, coma and death. The testing strips help us identify when these are to happen. Without them a short walk to the shops can end up in hospital, a drive easily in death. As a insulin user I have to test my bloods every time I drive and every two hours into a drive or lose my licence. So if I have no strips I cannot drive, there goes any independence and in my case feeling of worth I have remaining.
So Teresa thank you for your altruistic decision. You have just destroyed my life and that of many hundreds of thousands if not millions of others in one simple decision.
As I said this decision will never effect her or her mates, just me, you and your friends and families.
We need to stop this right now
Jonesy

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Jonesy the Dog of Socialism

I am in my 50's (ok 51), I have life challenges but still continue to be a father, a biker, a socialist and a human being. I fight hate and injustice in any way I can. I am me.

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