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!


  1. Great news!

    I can't recommend enough that you trial some of the pumps you mentioned to make sure it's what you want. I trialed a (fake) Omnipod and blogged about it! I found that it was just too bulky and I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Plus my skin didn't like the adhesive. I also trialed the Dexcom and the Ping before getting them. Even if you can't take it home and wear it, at least ask to meet with the rep so that you can play with the meter remote, the pump, and see the supplies and how they work, etc.

    Good luck!

  2. That's wodnerful! Love it when something good happens with insurance.

    I agree with Layne - try them out! I had the exact same experience with the omnipod. To me, it felt huge.

    As I mentioned, the remote is what I love about the ping. Makes it so much easier to bolus if I'm wearing a dress. Let us know what you decide!