As technology progresses, it is becoming more and more apparent, that the way of tacking care of our diabetes, will be through digital technology. Speaking for myself, the computer age has made managing my diabetes much more easier, convenient, and almost painless. However, one thing does bother me quite a bit, and that is the very OLD school mentality that, “if your taking insulin your really doing bad”, or “I’m not ready for that yet, I’m not THAT bad”! People who make these statements are soooo wrong it’s not funny. It’s not about how bad your doing, it’s about the tools you use to get your sugars on track; isn’t this every diabetics goal?
I think what this boils down to is, too many people still are feeling some what ashamed of their diabetes (be it conscious or subconscious), and will do anything possible to “not show their diabetes” at any cost. If you’ve listened to my interview with Dr. Roth, you would have found out that there are a staggering amount of people that have diabetes. No one should be embarrassed about their diabetes. The only thing you should be embarrassed about, is if you knowingly have the disease and chose to not act upon it.
I finally mustard enough courage to get a pump, and now that I have, I would never go back to multiple shots again (so long as I could afford it ). Having a pump does require some lifestyle adjustment. At first, it took great effort to keep reminding myself that now I have a device attached to my body. Where you place your infusion set, and how you work the tubes through your clothing is key to prevent minimal snagging and injury.
Tube Vs. Wireless?
You may not realize it, getting a pump is a lot like getting a car. Insulin pumps are a huge financial cost. Therefore, before you talk to your insurance company, I truly recommend that you take your time in researching the kind of pump that is right for you!
The type of pump you get really depends on the individual lifestyle, taste in electronics, and your ability to grasp simple technology. There are quite a few pumps on the market that you can choose from. Try and analyze each feature and weigh wether or not a particular pump is right for you. This maybe difficult of course, because if you’ve never had a pump, you may not know yet what is good for you, however, it is a start in the right direction just to become familiar.
In the beginning my first choice was a very small wireless pump from Medingo, but back then, they were still waiting for approval prior to hitting the market. Although I hated the look of their pump remote, it still appeared to me very impressive. The pump itself consisted of only two parts, the base, and the reservoir.
My next wireless choice I had my eye on was the Omnipod. This is slightly bigger than Medingo’s product, but equally as impressive. All necessary components are contained in one pod fused to your skin, this includes the internal batteries. Once all the insulin is used in the pod, you simply dispose of it, and fill up a new one.
As much as I wanted a wireless pump device, I realized that the supplies are to expensive for the insurance plan I’m on. For people with no insurance, or a high deductible like I do, you’d be looking forward to spending a lot of money. Omnipod’s pods cost about $400 for a months supply, this does not include insulin. Keep in mind, that often times when you get supplies through a pump company, they usually order in 3 months at a time, you do the math. If your insurance has a high deductible, I don’t think wireless is the way to go. You’d be spending way too much money up front, BEFORE your coverage starts kicking in. People that have a co-pay insurance, would do much better getting a wireless pump. Usually you do not have to pay any upfront costs, because all would be covered under co-payment.
Unfortunately, as much as i’d liked to have a wireless pump, TUBED pumping turns out to be the most economical way to go. After a lot of personal research, I decided on the Animas Ping. Customer service is outstanding at Animas. I just would like to make one thing clear, that it was a personal choice to use Animas, based on my personal lifestyle, and in no way suggesting that everyone should get an Anmias too. Getting a pump should be your choice, and your choice only. You must take your time to research what’s right for you.
Next week, I will go over the benefits of having a pump, and some of their features.
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