March 27, 2008

One More Thing to Remember

When I opened the fridge this morning to take out my insulin, I was surprised to find that the little vial was almost empty! There was just enough to refill my pump. I immediately called my pharmacy to reorder, and while I was at it, I ordered more test strips too.

Remembering to order my diabetic supplies every month is hard. I wish I could order an entire year supply, but the health insurance companies will only allow a one month supply at a time. Apparently they think I'm going to sell it on eBay or something. If I need it to live, why would I sell it.

Once, when traveling to Europe, I stressed out for weeks while my doctor, pharmacist, and insurance company (HealthNet at the time) went back and forth to get me approved for an extra vial of insulin for the trip. One measly vial. They made me feel like a criminal for taking a vacation.

This problem leaves the back of my mind in a constant state of panic. What if there's an emergency, a disaster, another Katrina, or another September 11th? And what if it happens where I live? Not only will I not have any back up insulin, but I'm sure it will be a complete nightmare to get it.

Luckily, Medtronic Minimed, my insulin pump company, gets it. They've got me set up on an automatic shipment of 4 months of supplies at a time. What's really awesome is that the 4-month supply they send usually lasts me almost 5 months. So over the past 3 years, I've stocked away a nice emergency kit. Leaving me with one less thing to remember. I love Medtronic Minimed.

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