As you know from a previous post of mine, I have been shopping around for an insulin pump to purchase. Everyone’s comments on said post were very helpful and I thank you all very much for your advice. A lot of your comments had to do with insurance coverage and until recently I had no idea what kind, if any, coverage my insurance provides for insulin pumps. I did some research and contacted my health insurance provider to discuss potential pump possibilities (see what I did there? 🙂 ). And to my pleasant surprise, they cover 80% of the cost of any insulin pump! Sure there is better coverage available but my insurance is not very good (cheap) so 80% is good enough in my opinion. In fact, I still have to call them twice a week to make sure they are working on getting the Dexcom system covered, which they barely are. They are so slow!
So all that being said, I have made the decision to get the Tandem t:slim pump. Tandem was accommodating enough to send a sales representative to my house to allow me to play around with the pump and ultimately hook myself up to it with a saline cartridge. And I must say I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the pump: the features, the size, the weight, the look; just about everything. The sale rep unfortunately was not able to give me a loaner pump to wear for a couple days, but I was able to wear the infusion set for a few days just make sure it was comfortable. And it is quite comfortable… or not uncomfortable, rather.
The infusion set I have been wearing is the Cleo 90 and it seems like a good set. I am not too sure of the differences in the infusion sets other then ones a steel needle opposed to a plastic/rubbery insertion. And one is at a 45 degree angle opposed to the 90 degree insertion that the Cleo is.
I have been in close contact with Tandem recently and so far they have superb customer service. They have a very nice and knowledge staff that is eager to help make people with diabetes lives easier/better.In fact a good few of the employees I have spoken to are diabetics or spouses of diabetics, so they know quite a bit about the D-lifestyle.
So, a few days ago I faxed them the required paper work and contacted my insurance provider to get the ball rolling so I can hopefully acquire the pump soon-ish.
Recently I have had pumps on my mind. And not women’s shoes; insulin pumps. My slightly disappointing experience with the Endocrinologist really sparked my interest for these. The doctor gave me a few pamphlets on different type of pumps, except the one I have been looking at. I think a pump would be something I would be willing to try out and I could see myself enjoying the change in lifestyle it brings (less shots!). But ultimately I do not know which pump to pump.
They all look very interesting and have a bunch of cool features but this one is easily my favorite. I don’t know if you would ever call a pump sexy (what with the 90’s pager-esque aesthetics and the hose connected to your abdomen), but this pump is fairly sexy. It is touch screen and reminds me of an iPod/iPhone that just happens to run your insulin dosing.
I am still researching different pumps in terms of features and useability. And they all seem to have the main crucial features: bolus and basal management. But judging based solely on looks, the Tandem is by far the best looking (in my opinion).
If you use a pump which one and why? And if you do not use one, why not?
Do you know anything about the Tandem: good or bad pump?
As another Diabetes Blog Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on some of the great bloggers we’ve found this week. Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved during Diabetes Blog Week, and tell us why they’re worth reading. Or share three blogs you’ve found this week that are new to you.
3 Blogs I Love to Read (note: I love to read many more then 3):
- Life or Something Like it
- Sugar High Sugar Low
3 New Blogs I Found this Week (note: I found many more then 3):
- One little Prick
- The Piquant Storyteller
- Life One Unit at a Time
I had a blast this week reading and writing for Diabetes Blog Week. And I look forward to doing this again next year. It was really fun to read and meet new bloggers/diabetics, and it was also really fun to share my experiences. And because this was so much fun I will be on the two wildcard topic later in the week. So be on the look out for that!
This year Diabetes Art moves up from the Wildcard choices as we all channel our creativity with art in the broadest sense. Do some “traditional” art like drawing, painting, collage or any other craft you enjoy. Or look to the literary arts and perhaps write a d-poem or share and discuss a favorite quote. Groove to some musical arts by sharing a song that inspires you diabetes-wise, reworking some song lyrics with a d-twist, or even writing your own song. Don’t forget dramatic arts too, perhaps you can create a diabetes reality show or play. These are just a starting point today – there are no right or wrong ways to get creative!
Here is an original piece of Art done by me in about 10 min:
And here is an original quote by me. I thought it up off the top of my head:
“Diabetes, why do you hate me? Because I hate you.”
-Paul K., 2013
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
Again today’s prompt is a tough one for me because I am limited in my accomplishments so far. Every day feels like a small accomplishment in itself. But I will list out both, things that have accomplished as well as things I hope to or am about to accomplish.
- Stayed out of the hospital
- No severe lows (like passing out or seizures or extreme confusion)
- No extreme highs
- Have not had a blood sugar reading over 200 in two weeks
- Quit smoking (way before I was diagnosed)
- Got control of and slowed down on drinking (college, bleh)
- Maintain my happiness and have not gotten depressed over my diabetes (most important)
Hope to/Soon to Accomplish:
- Get a new/first endo (have an appt next Monday, expect a write up)
- Potentially get a pump
- Begin to exercise more then dog walks (tennis, weights, biking, etc.)
- Study effects of an adult beverage
- Resume a relatively normal social life