An American’s Experience with German Public Healthcare

When I began my master’s studies in Germany, I also enrolled in German public healthcare. At that time, I wrote a (somewhat naive) blog post about my first experience with German public healthcare. This is an update to that post. Since I was a student at the time, I was only paying the student rate for public healthcare (about 80€ per month). Since I also have a chronic disease, I was taking much more out of the public healthcare system than I was putting in. While most German-taxpayers were compassionate and understanding of my situation, I did piss a few Continue Reading

My First Experience with German Public Healthcare

Although I have been living in Germany for well over a year now, I had never actually gotten German health insurance. This all changed when I started my Master’s in Germany, however, as being enrolled in a German university made me eligible for public health insurance. Since I have Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic disease that could easily eat up a couple hundred dollars a month in medication and doctor’s visits while I was living in the U.S. (and that’s with private insurance), I was very excited about enrolling in German public health insurance. Although I signed up in October, Continue Reading

Low Carb Pizza Recipe

Since my German boyfriend and I both have type 1 diabetes, it is nearly impossible to enjoy pizza anymore. That is, until we discovered this low carb pizza recipe. Made from cheese and eggs, I think it’s as close as you can get to the real thing in taste with only about 6 g of carbohydrates in the entire 9×13 inch crust! So if you are trying to cut carbs out of your diet, here is our delicious recipe for low carb pizza: Low Carb Pizza Crust Ingredients:2 eggs1 cup Parmesan cheese8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese I live in Continue Reading

My Broken Insulin Pump

Top – new replacement pumpBottom – old broken pump As my luck would have it, my insulin pump (an Animas Ping) broke after my first week in Germany. I was screwing on the battery cap when I suddenly heard a *crack* and my stomach dropped.  You see, this is my 3rd Animas Ping insulin pump. My first pump malfunctioned after about 4 months (it would randomly say “pump not primed” everyday), and my second pump’s buttons stopped working after about 1 year. Each pump was promptly replaced. So while I can’t say much about the Animas Ping’s durability, I can Continue Reading

Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

My Animas Ping insulin pump and site 6 weeks until I leave for Germany! This means that I am very busy planning. Most girls would probably be taking this time to figure out how to pack enough clothes for all four seasons in one 50 pound suitcase, but as a type 1 diabetic, I am busy sorting all of my medication. Traveling with diabetes, especially internationally, can be scary. As a type 1 diabetic that has spent a lot of time out of the country, I should know. If you are about to study abroad with diabetes, go on a vacation Continue Reading

Flying with Diabetes

I have had type 1 diabetes for over 3 years. In those 3 years, I have been through the security in 8 different airports (3 in the US, 5 in Europe). I feel that I can confidently say that I am a professional at getting through airport security with diabetes medication and an insulin pump. Traveling with diabetes, you are told that you should bring along a note from your doctor stating that it is necessary for you to have your medication in your carry-on. I did bring a note from my doctor the first time I left the country Continue Reading