30
Mar

Check it out

THIS makes me feel like I need to work harder. 

OHTAC emailed me last year about how they would be reviewing CGM as part of  potentially fundable  cost of t1d. I requested that  they reevaluate their decision to deny coverage based on existing studies,  and was told it would be reviewed this year. 

I think I am getting quiet and complacent. I have cgm funding through work, so I have not been advocating as loudly for those who don't.  This has to change. 

http://www.hqontario.ca/Evidence-to-Improve-Care/Health-Technology-Assessment/Reviews-And-Recommendations/Continuous-Glucose-Monitoring-for-Patients-With-Diabetes

https://some-diabetic.tumblr.com/post/158987681521/diabeticink-26250-out-of-pocket-for-3-more

10
Mar

Arm-sensor placement

Hello, ladies and gentlemen!  I would like to present to you... (drum roll please):

The WORST placement I've been able to find for an arm-sensor (...so far).

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Forearm Sensor

The forearm is a terrible place for a sensor!

- It hurts
- It is sitting in muscle
- Have I mentioned that it hurts?
- It gets in the way when driving, working, or pretty much any time you might wish to use an arm rest
- EVERYONE CAN SEE IT, so on a day when you'll be frustrated enough by the bloody thing, you will also be pestered by every well-meaning coworker who has never seen your sensor before and wants to know what it is

On the plus side, that accuracy here isn't terrible?

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Argh.

My BG levels are, though (...terrible, I mean). I blame the not-bolusing-for-coffee this morning... Whoops!

3
Oct

New Enhanced Enlite

About a month ago Medtronic sent out a News Release about their "Enhanced Enlite" that would be available to consumers in Canada in October.

 

It sounds like it's got some pretty sweet improvements. The site talks about reduced sensor size (80% reduction in the size of what sits under the skin), new sensor design that will allow it to give better daily performance, new adhesive that's less likely to irritate skin, and changes to the connection between the sensor and transmitter.

I originally saw the news because I subscribe to Medtronic Canada on twitter. They tweeted about it, so I replied and asked whether customers on their Automatic Supply Agreement would be automatically switched to the new sensors in October.

Medtronic Canada's reply

Medtronic Canada's reply

They replied that no, users would have to call in and request the switch, since customers can decide whether they want to switch.

Very cool! I haven't called yet, but my next Automatic Supply order isn't due til the end of October, so I've got a bit of time to get it done :).

16
Sep

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.

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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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