The Cost of Diabetes, Dear Omnipod, Day 2…

Dear Omnipod,

I woke up this morning with a blood sugar of 300. Do you know what that feels like? It feels like your legs are filled with sand, your mouth is dry and you are thirsty, so thirsty that you stand in the kitchen and gulp water from your SIGG water bottle, refilling it again and again. If I were to use my husband’s golf analogy, it would be like starting a round of golf with a triple bogie. Tough to recover.

What happened you ask? I wish I knew. I went to bed at 98. I ate a low carb dinner. I ate a graham cracker before bed which is about 15 carbs and I didn’t cover it  so maybe that had something to do with it, but I’m not convinced. This has been happening for a few weeks, maybe even a month.

If I had a pump, I could set it up to increase my basal in the middle of the night. But I don’t have  a pump. I stopped buying the pump last spring because it was too much money.

The Omnipod costs approximately $150 a month. (My insurance covers 60% of the cost.) That’s $1800 a year. My health is invaluable, I know that, but when we’re struggling to pay the bills, it’s tough to find an extra $160 each month.

The Omnipod is a fantastic tool for people with diabetes. It’s wireless which really appeals to me as a woman who doesn’t like to wear durable medical equipment if she doesn’t have to. It’s waterproof and easy to use. But it’s expensive. Why is your pump so expensive?

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