Sweet Words of Approval.
People like approval. It’s in our human nature. Growing up, we want the approval of our parents, teachers, coaches, and friends. Sometimes people even want the approval of complete strangers. We want approval for money. We want approval at our jobs. We want approval for home loans, car loans, student loans.
As a person with diabetes, I grew up wanting approval to eat cookies for dessert, just like my brother. I wanted approval from my doctor to let me know I was doing a good job. When I’m married and ready to have children, I’ll need approval from my doctor to have a baby.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been waiting for another approval. Approval for the Minimed Continuous Glucose Monitoring system. Since I moved last year and am on a different insurance than when I received my last insulin pump, getting an upgrade to the Minimed 722 didn’t seem like it would be much of a challenge. I received the new insulin pump a couple of weeks ago, though I haven’t bothered opening it yet because the only thing that makes it different from my current insulin pump is the CGM compatibility. The CGM receiver and insulin pump are a two-for-one with the Minimed 722, which is almost entirely why I wanted it.
When I made the phone call to Minimed and explained my situation, everyone seemed rather confident that I was going to be approved by my insurance, United Healthcare. It wasn’t so much a matter of if, but when. When was the clincher and this week, the first week of December, was the supposed deadline. I was in our New York City office yesterday, so I arrived at work hoping to see a red light on my phone indicating a message. But it was dark. Crestfallen, I dove into work, but a phone call this afternoon interrupted my flow.
“Hello, this is Allison.”
It was my Minimed rep.
“I’m calling to let you know that your CGM is being shipped today.”
Ah, the sweet words of approval!
We discussed the details of the arrival of my sensors and transmitter, which should arrive at my office on Thursday, the day before my next endocrinologist appointment. While the CGM won’t do me any good for this endo appointment, I am looking forward to getting hooked up next week and beginning the process of getting my A1C down further than it has before. My last A1C was 8.1, which isn’t terrible but it was the wrong direction. I want to go down, not up. Although my highs have been more sporadic the last three months, I have still had some nasty 400s and 500s that I know will threaten to keep my A1C from budging an inch. My hope is that when I head to the Naomie Berrie Diabetes Center next spring, I’ll be confident again that I am managing my diabetes the way it should be – aware of the changes as they are happening, not after, and proactive in making changes based on consistent information. Sometimes I think stock brokers have a better idea of how the market fluctuates than I do about my own blood sugars! I’m telling you that’s just not right…
Anyway, yay for approvals! Just another thing to look forward to in this wonderful month that is December.