And the Insurance Woes Continue

I really am fed up with insurance companies.

Yeah, I haven’t been around for a while. Studying has been taking up a lot of my time lately (I say as I look at the open binder of genomics notes that hasn’t been looked at in the past 45 minutes). As a matter of fact, I have to scurry off to a chemistry lab here in 20 minutes. And I should probably fill out this mounting pile of paperwork from two different specialty pharmacies as I begin the transition to the third one in as many months.

I’ve also been without test strips now for about a week.

I called up that medical supply place a while ago for a new shipment. Sweet, I thought that everything was all honkey dorey. The supply company  had checked with my insurance that everything would be covered, and all was set.

Or so I thought.

I got a phone call last week saying that my new insurance company wanted my strips to go through the pharmacy department, so they would be coming separately from my pump supplies since they were two separate entities. Whatevs, my insurance could have saved themselves shipping by leaving everything the way that it was, but don’t care. I got my pump supplies a week ago, but never received my strips. So I finally found the time to call them today (when I should have been studying, but whatevs) and tried to figure out what was up.

I thought that everything had been taken care of this month. Turns out my supplier hadn’t sent my info over to the pharmacy.

Le sigh.

So I called the pump supplier people and they physically walked the scripts and authorisations et all over to the pharmacy, which was nice, and they called me back to let me know that they got everything…

But my insurance won’t allow me more than 100 strips per month without prior authorisation.

When you do the math, that’s 3.33 tests PER DAY (assuming 30 days in a month). That’s 3.33 tests PER DAY for a TYPE 1 DIABETIC on an INSULIN PUMP.

Worst. Joke. EVER.

Two things happened here. First, some jackoff thought it would be a good idea to make an across-the-board recommendation that type 2 diabetics only need to test their blood sugar like 3 times a week, and the second thing is that some jackoff thinks that type 1 diabetes = type 2 diabetes.

For the HUNDRETH TIME folks,


For the record, there was a time I was testing my blood sugar over 10 times a day. It’s gone down some, because I simply don’t have the time (I haven’t even had the time to bitch in here about things, and that’s saying a lot). As a matter of fact, this thought train ended up continuing after my lab, because I ran out of time and had to skedaddle (which Chrome isn’t underlining in red, SCORE!).

P.S. My blood sugar crashed on me in the lab. Suddenly and bad. As in, my TA took the time to ask me if I was ok. And it took me another 5 minutes of feeling completely confused to get the hint, wash my hands and exit the lab with a tube of mini M&Ms.

But I digress. Not having test strips sucks. Although to be honest, I would have test strips…if I hadn’t lost my backup monitor yesterday. Yup, I have no idea what happened to it. I tested my blood sugar in the bathroom of the library yesterday and haven’t seen it since.

I guess I could ask at the desk…but that would require talking to people I don’t know. Which is proving to be more and more difficult, I’m finding. But that’s another thing to deal with at another time.

BACK TO MY ORIGINAL STORY….because, attention deficit OOH SHINY!!

I got my last two weeks of blood glucose readings as well as the last 31 days emailed to my endo’s LPN and they got the prior auths rolling for me. Which means I’ll have the rest of the test strips I need in what, two, three weeks?

*sigh* great.

How much will it take for me to be able to make my own medical decisions? What will it take for me to be able to test my blood sugar as many damn times as I want? I know that I’m like the only person on the planet who tests more than 4 times a day, but I’m kind of in school to become a scientist, and there’s no such thing as too much data. Plus, everyone knows that people who check their blood sugar more have better A1c’s.

People with better A1c’s not only live longer, but have less complications. As in, don’t need amputations or organ transplants or crazy expensive shit like that. Hey insurance companies, test strips cost WAY less than antirejection drugs. Just sayin’.

This was like, the most awfully-worded blog post. Ever. This is what happens when you don’t know what your blood sugar is for 36 hours.


2 thoughts on “And the Insurance Woes Continue

  1. Seriously…36 hours? I couldn’t imagine going 6 hours without a BG test, much less 36! (And I am another one of those who tests more than 4x/day. Way more. I’m trying to relate…not brag). But I would go absolutely insane if I went days without being able to test! Good luck getting those strips, I know how much you need them…

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