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My son is 3.5 year-old with T1 DM.What are the chances of getting appropriate care in NZ?

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Mostafa, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Mostafa

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    Hi everybody.

    I'm Dr Mostafa a family medicine specialist from Egypt.
    I'm planning to migrate with my family to NZ in the near future.
    My son is 3.5 year-old with type 1 DM since he was 15 months old.
    Now he is taking two types of insulin; Lantus once/day and Rapid insulin 3 times/day. He is controlled with last HBA1c OF 8.2.

    I'm asking about the chances if care of my son. What about insulin pumps?
    If not applicable can i get the insulin easily or it will cost so much?
    Is insulin in pens available all over the country?
     
  2. kiwikid

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    Good Morning from New Zealand :)

    Insulin pumps have just started being subsidised by the NZ government. If you meet criteria you can get 1 pump every 4 years and the supplies fully funded.
    Insulin, strips (Caresens meters and strips only), ketone strips and glucagon are all subsidised by the government. Each prescription from your Doctor will caost $5.00 per item. Healthcare is free in NZ for Under 5 year olds, but this may only apply if you are a New Zealand citizen.

    Pumps , Pens, Lantus and other insulins are all available here.
     
  3. Mostafa

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    Thank you kiwikid for your reply. You give some hope, because my son can not tolerate skin prick with time, he refuses to take Lantus each night :(:(

    I have no problem to afford the treatment from A-Z as long as it is available and there are specialists that will take care of my son.

    I hope that my application of migration will not be refused because of my son's diabetes :(
     
  4. Amy C.

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    My son didn't tolerate the shots at 3 either. I had to hold him still while my husband gave the shot for about 6 weeks.

    Shots are not an option with diabetes. With great calm, give the shot as quickly as possible and let your son carry on.

    There is no reasoning with a child this age. He will get used to it.

    I used the inject ease -- a great help and cut back on the discomfort my child experienced with shots.

    Lantus can sting. If you allowing the insulin to warmup and give in the bottom, the sting is reduced.
     

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