Howdy! I know it’s been a while, but I finally have the time and energy to sit and write again.
I wanted to update y’all on something – I finally made a decision on my insulin pump. After weeks of research and countless back ‘n forth with insurance companies, my doctors, and the three companies I was courting, I came up with a decision.
The Medtronic Revel. In purple, of course.
So, why did I decide to stick with the Medtronic brand, even though I had the opportunity to leave them behind for something like The Ping (my next choice)?
Funny story. I was all set to head over to Animas. I actually called to have them re-process my paperwork because the Rep I met with apparently never turned in my applications. (So… my personal info is somewhere out there in some guy’s file cabinet, yay?) I messaged my CDE for some reason and happened to mention that I was interested in the Ping. My doctor’s office is very Medtronic-buddy/buddy, so naturally she questioned my decision. I mentioned the perks of it being waterproof and I liked that it could give really small increments for basal rates, etc. and so forth and that’s what I needed the most, right? Smaller basal rates.
Sort of. I also, apparently, needed the option to do half unit increments for carb ratios. The Revel can program that; The Ping cannot. (Yet.) So to further explore what my blood sugars would do if I were using a 1:4.5 carb ratio, I would need to either program my insulin manually or just get a Revel and be done with it. So I called Medtronic to place my upgrade order. THAT took way more time than it needed to and kept having to deal with “the rep handling your order is out of the office” crap. Whatever – just get me my dang pump. I think I called to follow up at least three times, which is normal protocol because they never fax the authorization requests to the right number. Ugh – red tape.
The other perks of being on a Medtronic system still? All of my supplies still work with the new pump. I’m familiar with the settings enough that I just re-programmed the new pump on my own and proceeded as normal. I still have CareLink – even though it doesn’t work with any of the new computers we have around the house! And – they have a recycling program which allowed me to get a $500 credit toward my co-pay. (I turned in my cracked 515 for the credit.)
I’m still using Dex as my sensor of choice, but if for some reason that breaks, I still have the old transmitter for the Sof Sensors as a back up. (Not that I would consider those to be a worthy back up at this point because everything is out of warranty – but it’s the thought that counts, right?)
So that’s my big announcement. I decided on an insulin pump. Yeah, I know that wasn’t nearly as exciting as you thought it was going to be, right. I’m sure you thought this would be a bigger deal than that… like I’d make some pregnancy announcement or something, huh?
Well, I’m about 10 weeks along and due in October. You’re welcome. :P
And if you know me in real life – please continue to keep quiet.