Oh yes, I've done that. I do it all the time.
I have to say, though, I have managed to beg enough that I'm doing pretty well for right now, but I never know when that's going to change. It depends on the mood of the doctor.
The other problem I have is that I also ration pills. I reuse needles, which just makes me ill. What do you do? You reuse the needles, reuse lancets and you're all alone. I'm all alone. I have nobody to help me. I live alone. My husband's dead. I don't have anybody to help me. If I have a problem in the middle of the night, I'm going to die. There's nobody.
Nobody understands. My favourite is when you do go to the doctor at an urgent care clinic. I love it. “Oh, another diabetic. Here we go.” They don't see past the fat anyway.
There are four things we need. We need affordable housing. We need to be able to afford our medications. We have real problems with food insecurity. I can't afford to eat. I don't know about you guys, but my budget to eat every month is $89. I don't know how you guys do it, but I'm telling you, it's fun.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that it's difficult outside the urban areas. I can't get around without a car. I can't do anything.
What we need from the government.... I just don't want to be alone anymore. I feel I have given my country everything I needed to give. I gave you three beautiful daughters who are not criminals. They are taxpayers. They're struggling. I have grandchildren. I've always done everything I needed to do, and now I just feel like I've been abandoned. I feel like I'm not getting the help I need.
The doctors I do see don't have the time or energy to listen or care.