I have been using my insulin pump for about 12 years. It is Paradigm insulin pump made by Medtronic Minimed. I also have a OneTouch Ultralink blood glucose monitor that links up with my insulin pump. I do not know how I lived without using the pump. It has helped me keep my A1C under 7 for the entire 12 years!! I wanted to share my experiences for some of you thinking of moving over to the pump.
My doctor recommended the insulin pump when he knew my sugar levels were well controlled and he knew that would help me transition over. When I first inquired about the pump, I was directed to Medtronic Minimed brand and didn’t do any research or check out any of the other brands of pumps out there. I really don’t remember why I didn’t, maybe I was just excited to even try this out! I had many mixed feelings even before my doctor recommended one. I always thought of the pump as a device that was surgically placed, or not tested enough. I really had no idea whatsoever! So please do some research! There are so many forums, blogs, user testimonies on the web about all the different manufacturers out there.
I have to add that I have had United Healthcare for the entire duration of my insulin pump history. I have never had any issues with my insurance company covering my supplies and pump. The only issue I have is with the options I have since I have to pay 20% of the cost and of course each year when my insurance renews, my deductible starts over. What I mean by that is the first shipment of supplies are usually over $350 just because I have yet to meet my deductible for the year yet, but once I get past that point, I usually end up out of pocket $50 for three month supply of insulin pump supplies. I do believe that the pump itself varies in price from $5000 to $10000. But insurance is very helpful and I know there are other programs to help with the costs. I am no expert on this subject, but the best part of this whole process is that Medtronic Minimed did all the work, sent requests to the doctor for prescriptions, letters of medical necessity, worked closely with the insurance company, etc. I had to do nothing on that end!!
Once I received my insulin pump, I was set up with a personal coach and trainer who set up appointments with me throughout 2 weeks to get me trained and started using my pump. All I have to say is my experience was amazing and I had no worries!! They gave me specific instructions to help set up the insulin amounts I need based on my weekly routine and how my body reacted, worked with my doctor and was up and running in no time.
Thanks for reading!! Stay tuned for my next blog post on this subject