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It’s been awhile

It’s been awhile…

  1. since I stuck a piece of wire into my body with a large needle… and it hurt.
  2. since a device buzzing on my night stand woke me up.
  3. since I’ve needed to carry a receiver around with me.
  4. since I’ve had access to my blood sugar trends.
  5. since my old Dexcom stopped working… I can’t find where I put it.
  6. since I pressed the button on my G4 to turn on my screen. It takes a couple seconds huh?

If you can’t tell, I’m officially back to continuous glucose monitoring. I received a box full of Dexcom goodies yesterday and got everything up and running after work yesterday. I haven’t been back to it long enough to give an official report on my thoughts, but for now, I’m just happy to see my trends… and in color! (What a bonus!).

I’d like to think that blogging about not having a Dexcom helped… but at the end of the day, the cold, hard numbers and a fantastic letter from my endocrinologist probably pushed it over.

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Health Monitoring Devices

I clicked over to this article from Twitter the other day in part because I already wear a medical monitoring device. It’s an interesting read, but to summarize it talks about how someday technology may make it possible for insurance companies to do the same thing with our bodies that they can let us do with our cars, have a device that monitors activities and gives rate incentives on choosing low-risk/healthy behaviors.

At this moment, I have a platinum and silver wire in my right thigh. The sensor wire makes contact with a transmitter that sends blood sugar information to a receiver where I track my trends, patterns and movements, helping me make better choices about my health. As I was reading the article I thought about how I’ve been turned down for additional life insurance coverage because of my “history of diabetes and long-term insulin use.”

It astounded me to be turned down for additional coverage because I have a bum pancreas that forces me to make healthy choices, the questionnaire didn’t bother asking about my current health status (things like blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function or even A1c). I get denied but people who have a history of alcohol abuse or who smoke can get additional coverage.

I often feel like the world is unfair (which is true). I can’t “catch a break” ever because I don’t have a functioning pancreas. I get penalized with prescription costs, testing expenses, the ignorance of others, plates that look like math and higher insurance costs coupled with being denied coverage because I’m obligated to check the diabetes box. (The box literally just says diabetes, doesn’t ask for type or any other information.)

One stinking word doesn’t define my existence or even my health. Sure an implanted health monitoring device is pretty big brother-ish, but I thought about how something like that would capture healthy eating habits and exercise and give a better picture of me as a healthy person than a check box on a piece of paper the causes red flags to go up.

What do you think? Would you volunteer to wear a monitoring device?

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When Procrastination Does (and Doesn’t) Pay

There’s a lot of change happening at one time when it comes to how I manage my diabetes. First there’s the new insurance, the new year and the coming of the new OmniPods. Those things kind of coincided into a minor panic the other day.

With the new insurance, ordering my pump supplies in 3-month shipments is not the best option (hello deductible!). I halted all of my supply management orders for the time being in favor of more control over timing for not only insurance but for the new pods. The last thing I want is a backlog of old pods to push through when it’s my turn for the new system. I also didn’t want to order more before the calendar year rolled over and I had a whole new deductible to meet. It already hurt my brain to have to order another medication before the year ended and count toward a 2012 deductible that would never get met.

So after the first of the year, I ordered one month’s worth of pods logged all of my new insurance information and waiting for a shipping confirmation. My order went into pending status for a couple of days before I received an email telling me to call and pay for my pods before they’d ship. I was already nervous before that because my supply was dwindling but that order date had to be a 2013 date. By the time I received a shipping confirmation I was down to two OmniPods (plus the one stuck to my arm).

Now, stocked for the next month with pods, I feel better and the deductible that I have to deal with for 2013 is already smaller.

OmniPods and a lot of wasted box space

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Week Two of Thanks

Normally thankful stuff is reserved for Thursdays… but I’m going to shake things up! For the rest of the month, Tuesdays are thankful days.

One thing for each day. What I’ve been thankful for in the past week:

  1. Humor. Jokes and general fun make life much more enjoyable. Being able to laugh with people I love is truly a gift.
  2. Grocery stores. Everything I need/want is waiting on a shelf for me to take home. It’s a convenience that is often taken for granted.
  3. Good conversations. Nice catch-up sessions with friends and family are always wonderful. Topics ranging from weddings to politics and wine to technology.
  4. Quiet weekends. Having a day at home without a massive to-do list is very relaxing. Weekends are supposed to provide us rest and we often choose to spend them running around or working. A break is nice.
  5. Excellent deals. Good prices that make things we love but don’t need acceptable to bring home are always nice.
  6. Seasons. Not everyone gets the variety that we do in Northeast Ohio. The vast range of temperatures from below zero to above 100 added to the various types of precipitation makes us very resilient and versatile people. Each season carries its own unique loveliness that I would miss living somewhere else.
  7. Insurance. After being afraid of a lapse in coverage between plans, we received our cards and didn’t have even a day without it. Not everyone appreciates insurance, anyone with a chronic health condition understands the importance of being covered.

What thing(s) are you thankful for this week?

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Apparently It’s War

I would rather stick myself with a blunt lancet over and over than talk to the insurance company. I have never liked dealing with insurance companies because apparently there’s all sorts of subtext in policies that no one gives the insured.

Recently, we applied for an additional life insurance and I was denied based on “type 1 diabetes and a history of insulin use” (redundant much?). Then to add insult to injury, we received a denied claim from our health insurance out of the blue.

My husband and I have had fantastic healthcare coverage, until another branch of the company started administering the EXACT SAME POLICY that we had before and started denying coverage for my testing supplies.

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More pleasant than fighting with insurance

I want to scream at both companies. I want to shove my 5.9 a1c in their faces. I want to tell them that I’m healthier without a pancreas that I was before. I want to make them DO THE RIGHT THING. Read the rest of this entry