It’s been almost 7 years now since my oldest son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was in August of 2010, a mere week into the start of elementary school, and I remember at the time being so overwhelmed with new information and the what if’s. I thought for sure our daily life would change drastically. Now that he’s a type 1 teen, however, I can say that while the diagnosis plays a part in our daily life, it doesn’t rule our life. In fact, we’ve found even more freedom with Phil.
Phil is a prescription refill service that delivers your ongoing prescription medication right to your door. After a simple sign-up process online, Phil will then do all the work for you. Your prescriptions transferred, insurance troubleshooted, as well as any chasing after doctors are all a part of what Phil does. So you don’t have to.
Phil also works work with community-based independent, local pharmacies that are highly-rated for their customer service. If there are any issues with your medication, they do all they can to make it right. As we found out from personal experience. It’s a service that’s essentially free to the customer, only with the same copay that you’re used to paying, and free shipping.
My son is a typical teen and just wants to be a normal kid, without worrying about insulin refills and test strips. Finding Phil is another greater step towards his independence. However, while our daily life doesn’t look nearly as different as I once feared it would, there are a few essentials that any type 1 teen needs on a daily basis.
A Type 1 Teen’s Daily Essentials
Medications – The list of his daily prescriptions is fairly substantial; with 2 different kinds of insulin, pen needles and syringes, a test kit with test strips, lancets, ketone strips, emergency glucagon injections, and so forth. It’s easy to miss a refill. I appreciate how Phil takes the take the burden off our shoulders. I can also easily manage our medications online, so there’s no more guesswork.
Snacks – Keeping a variety of balanced snacks on hand is vital. If a type 1 diabetic goes low on their blood sugar, they will need an immediate boost. The best kind contain around 15g of carbs and are loaded with protein. Since we’re not always going to be home, especially during the busy summer months, packs of non-perishable snacks should also be kept in the car as well as in a travel bag.
Fresh air – Get outside and play! One of the best pieces of advice that I received from a doctor when my son was in the hospital 7 years ago was to just let my kid be a kid. Don’t stress too much about numbers. Get him outside, splashing in the pool, trying new things, and enjoying the sun. Keep the test kit and snacks nearby, but put away. Move and laugh. Let your kid be a kid. Or, in our case now, a growing type 1 teen.
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Do you have medications you need to manage? Find out what Phil can do for you! For first-time customers, Phil will pay up to $20 off your insurance copay, or $20 off the cost of the medication if you are uninsured, while supplies last.