Sunday, October 24, 2010

I believe in Miracles

I've been counting my blessings over the past few days and thanking GOD for everything I have in my life.

My cousin was in a very serious car accident on Friday morning. It was one of those phone calls that you dread ever getting again. The unknown, the "what do I do", the unimaginable thoughts that run through your head.

All I heard was....ejected from car, bleeding on the brain, unconscious....

My cousin is 27 years old...and she was NOT wearing her seat belt....and it SAVED her life.

Friday morning, she was pulling out onto a 4 lane highway from the street she lives on. She didn't see the car and pulled out into the intersection and was T-boned by an oncoming car. My cousin was thrown through the passenger window of her car and onto the grass on the side of the road. A young woman who was 2 cars behind her came to her side and prayed with her. The first paramedic on the scene looked at the woman praying and said "you are wasting your time." Those words give me chills all over my could anyone be wasting their time?

She was rushed to the hospital where they immediately began working on her. Within the day, she was in stable condition with the following injuries....

Lacerated Spleen
Cracked Pelvis
Broken Tailbone
4 Fractured bones around her eye socket
Lots of cuts from glass and bruises

Praise GOD that she is alive.....he was truly watching over her.

I was able to go to the hospital yesterday and she her. She was awake and moving her arms around. She recognized me, Hubby, and my parents. She has short term memory loss and has absolutely no clue what has happened, nor how lucky she was.

My uncle went and looked at her car...which is unrecognizable- and the scary part is...if she had her seat belt on, she would have been instantly's amazing to me how that happens sometimes.

She has an extremely long recovery ahead and she is in an extreme amount of pain, but I am so eternally grateful that she will make it through this.

Please pray for her and my family, and also pray for the 61 year old woman that was in the other car, also stable but with serious injuries.

Life is short and you never know what is going to happen. I'm so thankful for my life and everything I have and I hope everyone will be grateful for miracles that can happen when you need them most.

*Please wear your seat belt despite what I've stated here. 90% of the time, a seat belt will SAVE your life and you definitely want those odds on your side.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Good news on insurance...WTF?

It finally happened.....I finally appreciate my insurance while living with Diabetes! Finally!!

My pump is cracking....and it's out of warranty..which means one thing...I HAVE to have a new one.

The was originally going to cost me about $3500 AFTER insurance- which was really scary given that I absolutely need the thing. i was pissed that I may possibly have to put off redoing our bathroom or getting a new (used) car for a stupid insulin pump...what a lame way to spend the money (sorta)!

BUT....our insurance at my place of employment is getting a new plan starting on Nov. 1st...which means.....Insurance covers my pump at 100% after I meet my deductible...which I'm close to meeting this year! So...after Nov. 1st....I can start the process.

I believe I'm going to go with an Animas Ping and switch from my current Medtronic Paradigm 522. I've heard really good things about the Ping and I'm going to an information session next week about it- so any other opinions??? Anyone have the Revel and love it? Omnipod? What do you all like about the Ping that I can't pass up?

In addition though, medtronic is FREAKING out that I'm not going to stick with them. I simply mentioned it to a Rep today and I had about 3 phone calls asking me questions about why Medtronic was better and that Animas was not a good choice. They threatened to call my doctors to talk about my switching and I politely told them- I would appreciate they do not discuss this with my doctors until after I meet with them next week.

I am also trying to return my CGM- their sucky 30 day return policy really sucks given the fact that my original rep from Medtronic told me it was 90 days....wish me luck with that....she tried to tell me that I was doing everything wrong- I didn't really appreciate that.

Looking forward to a fresh start with a new gadget!

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Pump?

It's been a while since I've written. My busy life has caught up with me and I'm starting to find a new normal. Work has been crazy busy and we FINALLY hired another full time person- so I may just get my life back starting on Thursday.

Things on the baby front...well....cautiously slow.....we are attempting our 4th month of trying to conceive...and I'll leave it at that.

On the pump front, I looked down the other day and I noticed that my Insulin pump was cracked. It is cracked and chipping off right where you twist in the battery. I've already lost a little piece of the plastic and it won't be long before more of it cracks and falls off too- which leaves me to pump shopping.

I have not decided yet if I'm going to stay with Medtronic or try the Ping or OmniPod. Any thoughts from all you people out there who switched from a medtronic? Of course my pump is out of warranty- but what other option do I have? It's going to cost me nearly $3000 to get a new one- that's AFTER insurance covers it. Unfortunately, my insurance has a Medical device cap of $2500- so I have to pay the remainder regardless. As stated previously- I'm looking into other options but am slightly terrified to make a new change.

I'm going to the endocrinologist next week, so I've been wearing the sensor for the last week and will continue to do so through next week. It's still not working properly and I know I'm calibrating correctly. Hopefully the endo will be able to help me sort out the damn little thing!! It is one thing that is holding me back to sticking with Medtronic- I already have the sensor and will most likely want to wear it through a pregnancy....but I'm also not going to let that be the only thing since I hate it already.

On another note, my brother and SIL had their second attempt at IUI- we'll find out this week if it worked...have your prayers ready for them- it's SIL's birthday this week and it would be a welcome birthday wish come true!

Although I haven't written- I'm still reading all your posts out there! Glad to see everyone is doing well and happy :)