I Did It

2015-12-17 01I did it. I ordered the Dexcom G5. I have it.

(The ordering process is a whole ‘nother blog post…)

I just did the fake “Yes, I inserted a new sensor.” this morning so it’s been one whole week!

I like it. I really like it.

I leave the receiver at home while I’m at work. I only have to find my phone and that’s not so bad since I can call it if I lose it. And hope that I haven’t shut off the ringer.

I’m still figuring out some stuff. I still don’t have a clue how Diasend is going to work. Or even if it works.

Clarity works – automatically from the phone so that helps.

Phone staying charged hasn’t been too bad. I bought new, longer charging cords for the bedroom for each of us so that we’re not having to unplug it just to look at it.

M’s had more no info issue than I have. He’s on as a follower/sharer. I’m not sure what the problem is (or what I did wrong…) but it’s been better the last day or two so maybe it’s not a problem. I wish.

I’m using the receiver at night and putting the phone on vibrate. The receiver is in a glass dish on my nightstand. I almost always hear it so, it works.

I had a couple of questions and ended up speaking with a CDE at Dexcom. She was very helpful – has Type 1 – and wears a pump and Dexcom.

I’ve said this before – I may have written it before but… If I could only have one D-machine, I’d choose Dexcom.

Keep writing those letters to your representatives and senators. We need Dexcom and other CGMS to be approved (and paid for) by Medicare. And it’s not just those of us of a certain age that need your help with this. Medicare approval helps all of us when it comes to having and using a CGMS that’s provided by insurance.

Speaking of which, our insurance changes January 1. I have NO clue what’s going to be covered/not covered, etc…

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday or a Nice Day. Whatever make you smile and feel good!

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I miss blogging

I love all my DOC friends on Facebook. But..

I really miss blogging.

So, I’m going to try again.

Right – in December – I work at a church – I’m busy.

I’m still going to try again.

And – I haven’t had to shovel any snow, yet…

Working on writing up my info for those who are trying hard to get Medicare approval for CGMs. Then – I could retire!

And – after hitting publish – saw that this is #599 – so I guess #600 has to be a good one!

Medicare, I did it…

In April I will be 65 years old. Holy sh**! Really?

Anyway, I signed up for Medicare this week. It was easy. It was kind of fascinating to see my “earnings” report. Not that I earned much. I was a teacher – Special Education. Then I was a substitute teacher for years while our sons were in school. Then a volunteer thing at the church turned into a job. Moved here to NH and I’m a parish secretary. Being a parish secretary is truly the last thing I ever thought I’d do. To be honest, I never thought of that when it came to, “What I’m going to be when I grow up.”

I won’t be activating the Medicare thing right away as I plan/hope to continue working for awhile. Why? Well, that would be because I have health insurance. I like my Dexcom. I really like my Dexcom. Medicare won’t pay for Dexcoms. (I would give up my pump to keep Dexcom.)

My huge fear – driving without Dexcom. I don’t have a whole lot of lows. And for the most part, I can tell when I’m low. But – driving down/up the interstate? If I’m on the interstate, it usually means I’ve been to a mall or a doctor’s appointment (or lunch with Shannon Lewis!). Malls ( and Targets) create lows for me.  If I’m driving, I sometimes don’t feel the lows. I have Dexcom sitting right on the console. I keep an eye on it. And yes, I’ve pulled off the road to test and treat when needed when I’m by myself. (Juice kept in the car during 3 seasons – Skittles in the winter. I’ve learned I can’t drink a frozen juice box…!)  If my husband and I are together, we stop and switch drivers.

And a night time low? Those are terrible. And scary. If I needed an ambulance in the winter, it might not happen. During the winter, if it’s snowing, they wouldn’t even be able to get an ambulance up our road. I have asked what would happen. They would have to walk up with a sled thing if needed. It could take awhile. I might send Medicare a photo of my snowy road.

I’m extremely fortunate, really! I like my job. I like the people I work with each day. I like the parishioners. I like my 5 minute commute. So – working more? It’s okay. It’s actually very good. (I’m trying so hard to NOT say, “It’s a good thing.”)
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PS – Thanks to Kim Vlasnik, I can even insert the Dexcom in my arm, by myself. And this past week – I got one into my right arm using my left hand (I’m right handed). (Yay me!!!) I didn’t think I could do it. But – I can do this.

PPS – We’re going to the Diabetes UnConference in March. I’m hoping there will be no snow in LasVegas while we’re there.

D Blog Week – Monday

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Click for the Change the World – Monday 5/12 Link List.
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)

So – I’m not going to change the world but I will soon be one of those d-people writing letters to promote CGM coverage for Medicare because, guess what? It’s almost that time of life for me. (Really? When did that happen? Is that why they no longer “card” me at the liquor store?)

When I was diagnosed and when that diagnosis indicated Type 1 LADA, I knew I wanted a pump. At that time, insurance said that you had to be on MDI for at least two years before you could even hope to get a pump.

Well – with thanks to those d-people who wrote and advocated and blogged and begged, I got the pump without a two year wait.

Same with the CGM, Kerri and others had to fight to get a CGM. Now, because of her and all of the others who worked hard for all of us, I have a CGM. And it’s probably saved us a couple of ER trips, easily.

Driving? I have pulled off I93, tested, and did the “drink the juice” before continuing.

Sleeping? 49 on Dexcom means juice and maybe a peanut butter cracker at 2am.

Working? Gardening? Cooking? All of them!

So now – I’m approaching Medicare and know that CGMs are not provided. I’ve known it for awhile. It sucks.

When I spoke with my PCP about this Medicare D-issue, along with others – like enough test strips, she quietly said, “Well, it costs them less, if you die.”

Mike H wrote about it over at DiabetesMine.

And Sue wrote about it at Test, Guess & Go.

Advocate? Sure, count me in!