So here it goes:
Last Tuesday, as I was finishing up a much-needed post-semester massage, I received a call that my insurance company, Cigna, was requiring that I have a C-peptide test done in order to approve my request for the Omnipod. For those of you who don’t know, a C-peptide test shows whether or not you are making any insulin. Considering I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 20 years, and have 20 years worth of A1C results, co-pays for endocrinologists appointments and diabetes supplies, and, you know, another insulin pump, I find this request borderline insulting. Do they really think I’ve been making up this diabetes business for twenty years for shits and giggles?! I mean, really…
I have to get my labs done anyway, so I’m trying to not be too annoyed, but it’s putting a delay on my Omnipod order which is why I haven’t mentioned going on it yet. I should get it sometime in July and then I’m hoping to have Gary Scheiner train me when I go to AADE next month (or, you know, one of the other 10,000 CDEs who will be there, including my roommate, Kelley Crumpler!).
Having to get a C-peptide test is more of annoyance. The real tragedy is what follows:
I lost my Dexcom G4 transmitter.
Or better yet: I probably threw it away. I was at work a couple weeks ago when the sensor felt particularly itching and annoying. It was in fact getting a bit infected, which I have a history of with Medtronic but so far not with Dexcom. Rather than put up with the itching, I ripped the damn thing off. And promptly threw it away. Without, you know, taking off the transmitter first. Since I was getting a massage done a few days later, I decided to forego putting another sensor on, which is why it was a good four days later that I realized I no longer had my transmitter.
I called Dexcom and the rep told me they would replace the transmitter — hold your enthusiasm — for a mere $199. Yikes. Apparently some folks have their transmitters replaced by their insurance company, but it isn’t very likely. I haven’t decided if it’s worth the fight or if I should just hold off for another two and a half months until my warranty runs out and I’m eligible to submit for a new one. Considering they are forcing me to get a C-peptide test to approve an insulin pump, methinks my chances are not very good.
I’m irritated by the C-peptide request, and I’m just plain mad at myself for losing the stinking transmitter. But most of all, I’m mad at diabetes for adding even more stress and to-dos in my life. As if I don’t have enough going on!