New Insulin Pump

By jaydoubleyou23 Latest Reply 2014-04-24 15:48:49 -0500
Started 2014-04-24 10:20:18 -0500

So some of you were wondering how I managed to get a rep from Medtronic to talk to my insurance even though they normally would not cover another insulin pump at this time. Basically it's really something my doctor wanted me to do because she knows that I want to be the healthiest I can be. Then when it's time to start a family when in the future, I will already be healthy and won't have to worry about my blood sugars being high and risking our baby's life.
My endocrinologist really is amazing. She definitely takes the time to get to know every patient and make things so much easier for us. Right now, I'm already keeping my sugars from 70-90 fasting glucose and before meal, and 70-130 after meal. I know I don't have to, but I did manage to go from an A1C of 7.7 to 6.5 pretty fast, and I think it would be amazing to be in the fives!
In addition to all of that, I've had quite the problems with low blood sugars lately. I can be at 40 and not even know until I just randomly decide to check myself. It's been happening even before changing my target blood sugar ranges. And I could never feel myself get a high blood sugar, I just feel completely fine all the time and that's not really a good thing. Especially if I'm ever home alone. Those are things my doctor and the medtronic representative want to stress the most because these are the things that make this new pump medically necessary especially with the continuous glucose monitor that interacts with the pump.
I'm so grateful I have these great people working for me, and I'm really happy I can share my story with you guys! :)
I will keep you all updated on what happens next!

6 replies

dominickgallegos 2014-04-24 13:39:30 -0500 Report

I have a 530g and it's awesome. The accuracy is far better as compared to the older soft sensor. Even though the insertion device can be odd to get used to, it's better than the harpoon that I had to deal with previously. The threshold suspend has already worked for me stopping my pump at night when dipped to bout 40 and it successfully raised it back 80 and then turned back on…all while I was sleeping(scary to think about but glad it was there). The downside is that I have become so used to my CGM that I really hate sleeping a single night without it.

Type1Lou 2014-04-24 12:00:26 -0500 Report

Hi Jay! I suspect you are referring to the Medtronic 530G pump with Enlite (CGM). I would upgrade from my Medtronic Paradigm Minimed 523 in the blink of an eye if Medicare covered the CGM's…but they don't…so I'll stay with my Minimed 523. I'm glad you've been able to use the new Medtronic pump. It's the closest thing to a true artificial pancreas on the market today. I've only heard positive comments about it. I'll be interested in what you have to say, either positive or negative, about it.

Dr John
Dr John 2014-04-24 10:39:09 -0500 Report

Congratulations and best of luck with your new pump. One great advantage of the pump over injections is that you can lower your background insulin during strenuous activity.


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