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Re: [IP] I need support (and a pump!!)



Chelle,
My advice in dealing with the insurance company is to have your Endo.
contact your insurance company.  Sometimes they are more out to listen to a
doctor than to those of us live with the disease everyday but just don't
have the MD at the end of our name.

Try that and  let us know,
Mel
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chelle Doucette" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2001 10:13 PM
Subject: [IP] I need support (and a pump!!)


> Hi everyone. I have had a really rough couple of weeks with my sugars and
> just need some encouragement from those who understand... my two yr
> anniversary of my diagnosis is next week and I feel like its never been
> harder to cope than right now. I thought it would get easier!!
>
> I think part of it is that my "honeymoon" is ending... insulin needs are
> increasing and my sugar spikes up much easier. To make matters worse, I
> decided in October to get the pump and still don't have it. I got a job
with
> a supposed great medical plan. Its a flex plan and I chose the top option.
> However, the rep from my company is telling me I can't get the pump
covered.
> I tired to point out that this doesn't make sense. The plan specifies
> coverage for so many expensive things: protheses, wheelchairs, and other
> devices. It covers "insulin and diabetic supplies" but apparently that
> doesn't include a pump. Tried to explain its importance, the fact I'll be
a
> better, healthier employee... it went to the VP of HR and he said no. Its
so
> discouraging for me.
>
> I see my endo on Monday... I don't know where to go from here with the
pump.
> Maybe buying second hand? Anyone looking to sell an old pump?!  Is it
> possible I could convince my insurance to cover monthly supplies?
>
> I have had one of those days... crazy sugars leading to migraine... crying
> jags from sheer frustration... having to cancel plans with friends.  I
feel
> maybe the pump could give me some new motivationa nd hope and it feels so
> unfair that I can't get it. I'm only 26 and I feel like I've aged 20 years
> in the last 2!
>
> Thanks for "listening"
> Michelle
> Toronto, ON
> dx April 3/99
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