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Old 10-01-2014, 04:04   #1
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9 months into pumping and have been thinking about my journey. I am a bit of a nit picker so I test a lot (lots and lots) and am just getting confident enough to test just a few times less per day, unless I have a reason to suspect something might be amiss in which case I test as much as I feel I need. I am not sure at all that I will ever get to the - on waking, before eating, after eating before bed thing - and honestly am not sure that I want to. I confess that I still test around 3.00am if I wake to pee and I usually do. I had a couple of high morning readings because of infusion set problems and prefer this not to happen if poss.

It is great to have seen the back of night time hypos, (cross fingers, touch wood) and slowly slowly to feel a sense of control. My last A1c was 6.9 and I have every reason to think that the next, in December will be lower again.

For me the big thing with pumping was learning what to do when things go wrong, and they will. I have probably made every mistake in the book and had my share of infusion set problems but have learnt from them all I believe.

What I have noticed in the last few weeks is a feeling of calm about the whole thing. It is still a work in progress and I want to bring my blood sugars a little lower yet but have decided to take the slowly slowly approach which is a little against my normal nature because I really do hate those hypos being too frequent.

Anyway to anyone just starting out, be patient read "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh and plough through this forum for great advice and support.

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I'm very glad for you, Hillary!

For yet more control, add a CGM...

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I'm very glad for you, Hillary!

But here in Aus, while most aspects of diabetic care seem to be more generous than in the USA, CGMs are not covered by insurance!


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But here in Aus, while most aspects of diabetic care seem to be more generous than in the USA, CGMs are not covered by insurance!
Ouch! That would be VERY expensive! They've become standard therapy for T1s here. Still costs me $170/month co-pay...

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CGMs may have become standard therapy if you are under 65 and your insurance will help cover the cost, but for people on Medicare they are a "self-pay" item. Medicare covers nothing where CGMs are concerned. Maybe someday that will change - we hope.

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CGMs may have become standard therapy if you are under 65 and your insurance will help cover the cost, but for people on Medicare they are a "self-pay" item. Medicare covers nothing where CGMs are concerned. Maybe someday that will change - we hope.
Not good news, Strawberry! I'll be there shortly...

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Not good news, Strawberry! I'll be there shortly...
Ahh.....time doesn't stand still does it? The above is exactly why many people try to stretch the time they wear Dexcom sensors from 7 days to 14 and sometimes 21 or more days. In all fairness, the Dexcom company does give people without insurance a certain percentage point break in the price of the sensor, receiver and transmitter and that does help. The FDA only recommends the sensors for 7 days but if you read posts on the 'Dexcom' group on Facebook you will find that many people wear them longer......oops....the FDA might not like that would they?

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Ahh.....time doesn't stand still does it? The above is exactly why many people try to stretch the time they wear Dexcom sensors from 7 days to 14 and sometimes 21 or more days. In all fairness, the Dexcom company does give people without insurance a certain percentage point break in the price of the sensor, receiver and transmitter and that does help. The FDA only recommends the sensors for 7 days but if you read posts on the 'Dexcom' group on Facebook you will find that many people wear them longer......oops....the FDA might not like that would they?
I've tried several times without success just to get ahead and have a couple of extra sensors. They always seem to irretrievably fail.

Lately, Dexcom reps have taken to saying alternate insertion sites are all right if your endo approves. That, at least, has proven successful.

Of course, I suppose it's too much to ask the FDA people to talk to the Medicare people?

I think I could survive without my CGM, but my caregivers might not.

Naturally, I shall be discreet should you wish to share any tips on sensor life extension...

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I've tried several times without success just to get ahead and have a couple of extra sensors. They always seem to irretrievably fail.

Lately, Dexcom reps have taken to saying alternate insertion sites are all right if your endo approves. That, at least, has proven successful.

Of course, I suppose it's too much to ask the FDA people to talk to the Medicare people?

I think I could survive without my CGM, but my caregivers might not.

Naturally, I shall be discreet should you wish to share any tips on sensor life extension...
I would gladly share several tips that were given to me a long while ago, but I don't want to hijack the OPs thread. So I will try to remember to start a new thread in the next several days. Our weather is changing quite fast here and today we have to scramble to bring sensitive plants inside as frost is predicted for this evening. Just NOT ready for winter weather.

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Thank you!

I surely do understand getting your plants in! Feels as though we may yet have a little time before hard frost up here in Connecticut. Then will be our scramble to get things in for the winter.

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