a1c exipiry?

I heard from my diabetes nurse today regarding my ADP documentation. She said that they require a certain number of a1c tests over the past year, and by the time my "pump start date" comes around (probably in about 4 months), one of my a1c tests will pass the one-year mark, so it "expires."


No biggie, in for another blood test is all it'll take. I'm a little anxious about what this one will be - I had a tough summer. I had tons of dental work, spent a while on antibiotics and had minor dental surgery. No biggie, but infection and antibiotics made me need to up basal and bolus insulin by between 25 and 40%, and those numbers still haven't come back down to what they were prior to my dental issues. It's taken a while to start to feel like my carb ratios are working for me again, so I'm curious to see what my a1c looks like after that roller-coaster of a summer...


The big 20 starts it all...

So this month marks my 20-year anniversary with type 1 diabetes, and to help me celebrate my insurance company decided to end my 4-month fight and tell me that yes, they will cover cgm supplies.


I've been hoping. I've also been making phone calls, sending emails, regular mail, and faxes. I've been back and forth between my insurance company, my doctor, and the pump reps who've been helping me through the process. I finally brought my case to the HR department at work, and they were able to have my case reviewed SO much faster than all of my efforts over the past few months. I know it will be a few months before my doctor's office can send in my ADP documentation and can fit me in for pump training, but I'm excited to have finally confirmed that I will be able to add not just a pump, but also a cgm to my list of diabetes tools.


I've also been thinking for a long time about sharing some of my thoughts and stories about my t1d life. I wanted a place to talk about the process, my process, in preparing for and starting to use these new devices, as well as anything else about life with diabetes that happens to be on my mind.


I hope you enjoy reading!



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