Thursday, May 22, 2008

Doctors, Vacation, and Birthdays!

I had an endo appointment this morning. Got the new script for One Touch strips for my new Ultra Link meter! I switch from BD effective tomorrow afternoon. Yay!

My A1c was down to 6.3. Ties for my lowest ever. I had it that low once before. I'm still shooting for below 6. I think I can do it. CGMS has helped greatly.

The bad news is that I am pretty sure that my insurance company is going to STOP PAYING for my sensors! I just put in another order and I am going to stop wearing them all the time because I want to stretch them out in case I have to start paying out of pocket.

There's no way I can afford $175 per month (that's saying I average 6 days on a sensor) for these things. I just can't do it. I'm poor.

Apparently there's "not enough scientific data" to support them paying for them right now. I don't know a lot about scientific data, but I do know my A1c has dropped by 0.4 in the 2 months that I've been on the sensor. And it has caught nighttime lows many, many times that I might not have caught otherwise. I live alone, this gets a little scary.

It has also caught numerous day time lows (and highs) that I don't feel because, in the words of my diabetes educator, I've got a short circuit after so many years of diabetes.

So just pray with me and for me that the big money insurance company will see the error of their ways and decide that they need to keep paying for these things.

I am off tomorrow on a vacation. I am actually staying in the town that I live in, but am going camping and horseback riding with my best friend and her family. I am so excited! It's a long weekend and I have 3 days off. What's not to love about that?

Also, my birthday is on Monday. It's almost always on Memorial Day weekend. This year it feel on the day. I am turning 27. Not so old, some may say. Some days it feels older than others. Today it feels like it will be a good year.

Also, a side note. For all those of you who posted comments on my last blog entry, thank you. Your words mean so much to me. I always know you will understand and know just the thing to say. Mostly because you live this life too.


Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

Happy birthday, Cara! Hope you enjoy the weekend. And hey, 27's not so bad...wish I were that age again...! {;-)

Karen said...

Hi. I've been lurking here for a while - I don't think I've left you a comment yet. But good going on the A1C!!!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Mine is Monday too. :) Hurray for same birthdays!!! I'll be *gasp* 40 though. Noooooooo!!!! Not happy about that. But then again, I've been diabetic since I was 11 - so I have to remember how lucky I am to live in a time where I can not only make it to 40, but make it in good health! Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
I just recently found out my pump supplies are not covered anymore because I am losing my full insurance coverage. I vented about that yesterday and would love suggestions on how you will handle out of pocket costs. I also attempted to stock up, but they only gave me 30 day notice.

Donna said...

Happy Birthday, Cara! I hope it's a good one & this is a great year for you! You deserve it.

I'll keep the sensor issue in my prayers. Congrats on the great
A1C, too!

Patty said...

Hi Cara -- you should write a letter to your insurance company and say exactly what you wrote in your post. Also, have your doctor do the same thing. Maybe it will help convince them how necessary the sensors are for you. And, a belated Happy Birthday to you!