For me, extremely reliable. I have not had any major issues with any of the three models of Minimed pumps I have used in the last 6 years.How reliable are they to you
Both my previous insurance that I had when I got my fist pump and my current insurance have covered everything. I have only had my current insurance for less than a year so I don't know what the situation is with the actual pump, but it's no problem with supplies. Since insurance companies vary from one place to the next and even within policies from the same insurer, I don't think asking who other people have will be all that helpful. My previous insurance covered everything 100% until August 2010, when they started charging 50% co-insurance for all DME. I had enough extra to tide me over until my new insurance started and was relieved they had 100% DME coverage. My pump warranty expires in June and that's also when my insurance may change again so I don't know what will happen.Does your insurance cover the cost of the pump? If so what insurance do you have?
Does your insurance cover the cost of the pads? If so what insurance do you have?
I have a Minimed pump. I've dropped it on the floor (hard wood, linoleum, tile, carpet) and nothing has happened. Once I dropped it in the toilet. I've banged it up against things as I walked by (I keep mine clipped inside the front pocket of my jeans/pants/shorts/whatever). I can't speak for the other brands of pumps.How durable are they?
Possibly. SOme people seem to have problems keeping the infusion sets in place and some don't. Even in the summer when I sweat my sets stay on. There are adhesives and tapes you can use if you need extra help. For men, it helps to make sure the site you choose is free of hair so shaving a small area helps if you have body hair.Will excessive sweating and rise in body temperature cause the pads to un-stick?
I have a desk job and live in the Northeast so excessive heat, sweating and working in confined spaces isn't an issue for me.I know these are a lot of questions but I am curious about pumps, especially after being talked to about them. I know that there is a difference between what a doctor will say and what an actual owner will say about them.
Right now as some of you know, I am in school for Heating Ventilation Air Conditiong and Refrigeration. I am also a plumber and electrician. My main concerns are when I am working I will tend to sweat and will be working in the near future in the heat. I would hate to see the pads that deliver insulin to be coming off. Hopefully I can get my surgery by then to loose weight and see if I can stop taking medication for my diabetes and controlling it better with diet and exercise.
Some insurance companies will only cover pumps for a Type 1. Some will cover pumps for a Type 2 if their c-peptide is low enough. Most insurance companies require you to be on MDI before starting a pump, 3 or more daily injections of long & fast insulin. Some may cover a pump only if you can't get control on injections. For some, if they see a high A1c they feel a pump could be useful. Others will look to see if you have a history of low blood sugars, especially ones that cause 911 calls and trips to the ER. The only way to know for sure is to start the process with your insurance company and find out what their requirements are. Some doctors will make it hard for you to get a pump as well.
I think the bottom line is that from what you've said, you'll need to have a very understanding insurance company. IF is truly is possible for you to get off all meds with weight loss, diet & exercise, then I'm assuming you're still making insulin. That can be the dealbreaker when it comes to being approved for a pump.