Monday, March 14, 2011

An Update

Good news! I've been approved by my insurance for a CGM! I'm still waiting to hear back about insurance approval for my pump, but I'm assuming since they approved a CGM, they'll approve the pump too. I'm going with the Dexcom CGM and the Animas Ping pump.

I've actually already got my Dexcom in my hands! I can't believe how fast that process went! And everything with Animas seems to be going pretty smoothly, too! I always knew that I wanted the Dex instead of the Minimed CGM, because based on user reviews it is obviously the better, more accurate, longer lasting, easier to use CGM on the market out there. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with a Ping or the latest MiniMed pump, though. In my past foray into pumping, I had a MiniMed 508, and had a really good experience, but after reviewing things on my own and hearing customer reviews of all the pumps currently available, I decided to give the Ping a try this time around. It has all the things I want in a pump, including a few extra bells and whistles that the Minimed doesn't have. And, after dealing with Animas customer service AND MiniMed customer service over the last couple of weeks, I definitely think I made the right choice. Eleven years ago, when I was on the MiniMed 508, they hadn't been bought by Medtronic yet, and from what I have heard from other patients over the past few years, which was confirmed by my recent experiences with their reps, their customer service has really taken a hit since the buy out.

So, I'm going to go with Animas, and hopefully it will all work out! I'm just waiting around for my insurance approval now. It should be coming in the next few days. Hopefully it will all get worked out in time for my CGM training/pump re-training appointment I have set up with my endo's office on April 1st!

I'm excited!

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