Not to get too personal Mike, but to figure out your costs, we would really need to know a lot. What is the copay on your insurance? What is the cap on your insurance pay per year? What pump are you planning to go on? etc.
You can figure most of this out on your own with a little investigating. Go to the product page of the pump company where you are planning to get your pump from. Check out the cost of the pump and infusion sets you are planning to get (don’t forget the reservoirs). Here’s a cost that usually doesn’t get reimbursed: Batteries. They don’t cost that much per year, but if you want to plan the expense out completely you should plan on them. Use the cost after deductions for insurance and you can get your net cost. Pump supplies are usually sold in 1 month or 3 month supplies (should be stated on product page). Also, if you are using a pump with the CGMS, that is an added cost too.
You need to keep syringes and insulin available in case you pull your pump out accidentally and need to take some insulin so you don’t go too high. I just keep an extra infusion set in my car, at work, and places I frequent often. If my pump pulls out, I use the new infusion set and the old reservoir, just to get me through. But this won’t work with all pumps… some have the infusion set and reservoir all in one unit.
If you don’t already, it’s a good idea to keep some glucose tablets (or gel) close to your bed, in case you drop low while sleeping. Unless you can teach Fido to fetch glucose for you… lol. Actually, I don’t go anywhere without a snack bag with glucose tablets in it.
That’s about all I can think of at the moment. If anyone else has something that i forgot, please chime in.