Monday, January 4, 2010

No CGM

We got news today that Molly's request for a new insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor has been denied by the insurance.  Strangely enough, her diligence in controlling blood sugars is the reason she is not eligible.  If she had been hospitalized or treated by emergency personnel, she would be eligible for the new technology.
I talked with several folks today about fundraising.  I am going to need to get things in gear soon with regard to publicity.  If you read this and can share the effort with anyone, I know I would appreciate it.  That six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing is bound to work, somehow.  I've just got to make the connection with the right folks to set things in motion.
I have had a great start to the year for consistency.  I have run each day this year :D   It has been pretty cold and especially windy, but the 16┬║ temps didn't cool my enthusiasm.  In fact, I really enjoy the nasty conditions.  I'm not Bob F., Jon D., or Jeremy F. who can carry a cement block for the 5K, but I am at least inspired by them to get my butt out the door.  I can only strive to accomplish "Feats of Strength" such as theirs.  100 miles seems pretty doable when I think about how hard others work.  It seems totally possible when I think about the daily ordeal that Molly and Mary Ellen deal with everyday controlling blood sugars.  I really admire them.
More soon. . . .

3 comments:

  1. Steve

    You really need to appeal this decision. It's time insurance companies realized that tight control of diabetes CANNOT be a reason for denying CGM.

    You may find some help on this at the CGM Anti-Denial site. Good luck.

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  2. Thanks, Bernard. I agree completely. It would be a win-win for the insurance company. Better control now tremendously lessens the health care costs later.
    I will check out the website. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  3. Yes, keep appealing, you'll have to do it several times. They WANT you to give up. Keep appealing and eventually they'll be a court date, and then THEY'LL cave.

    It's how my son got his pump.

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