Well, I have come to a harsh reality over the last few days: It is very tough to be a crusader for the best things in the diabetes world. I have found out through my experiences on message boards and even on Yahoo answers (haha!), that information is a luxury.
For instance, not everyone knows that the new gold standard in Diabetes care has nothing to do with insulin shots. Even though coverage has almost become universal, not many people are familiar with the GINORMOUS benefits of insulin pump therapy. I dont care if you get stuck with a Deltec, its still better than taking 4-6 shots per day of insulin that only works for you some of the time. If it was my world, everyone would be on a pump at diagnosis. Its not even a competition.
Sidenote: for those of you who take it, Lantus is awful. Better than U or NPH, but still awful. Most people on it dont know that 33 percent of the time, the Lantus they took is not working properly. That means when you go high or low, it could be due to the fact that the insulin you took in the right way, isnt working in the right way. Sadly with NPH or U its over 50 %. No one told me that growing up.
Another thing that really grinds my gears is when people are told by certain companies that they are close to getting the CGM out for the general public. Deltec and Animas both tell their customers this, despite not even being in FDA trials yet. I was reading somewhere on here that a Deltec rep called their approval "emminent." I laughed out loud. The only company, other than Medtronic, that is even close to having a CGM that works in conjunction with a pump is Insulet/Omnipod, and its only because they are using a pre-existing company's CGM. It will supposedly be out by 2009, but I know for a fact that estimate is more than generous. Plus it doesnt make up for the insane problems with their "pods." Let me let you in on the truth, the Deltec "Navigator" and the Animas CGM arent even in the same ballpark as Medtronic. Zip code even. The FDA has 100-1000 different steps to get approval for a CGM, or any device for that matter, and both companies are on step 10 or less. I can almost guarantee that Deltec will never get theirs out due to budget problems (not to mention their parent company is giving up on them), and Animas doesnt even seem to want to try to invest in it. Yet, to my chagrin, both companies are promoting their CGM like it is on the market tomorrow. I CALL SHENANIGANS ON THIS!!!
Sidenote 2: I actually had a friend tell me that he wanted to try a deltec pump because he thought they might have a sensor and CGM out by next year. He has hypo-unawarness, bad problems with Dawn Phenomenon, and even worse, he gets seizures when he is below 50. I looked at him and said, why would you wait until next year when you can have it right this freaking second? He said, "Money. Minimed's pump costs 500 dollars more or something like that." My reply, "How much did your last ambulance ride cost? Oh, and the emergency room? Gotta be at least 2000 with your deductible." Needless to say, he was on a 722 a month later.
You may wonder, why I am such a Medtronic Zombie...
...Easy, they are the best, and they are always the first with new technologies, ALWAYS. They have the best support, the best (and most honest) sales force, they try to correct any problems you have, and they DO ALL THE WORK FOR YOU!!!! I was so happy to find out that I didnt have to go running around for a letter of medical necessity when I switched from Deltec to Minimed. I didnt have the time. They did everything. Oh, cant pay for it? No worries, how about a no interest payment plan for 12-48 months. NO INTEREST? Wow, that was shocking.
Its stuff like that, stuff that people cant avoid, that pisses me off. How would you know that your sales rep isnt lying to you? Well, most people dont, because most people cant spend the time to find out. Its not their fault, not at all. But, like I said, its too tough to be a crusader for what you think is right. I cant convince everyone that the Medtronic pump is the best, and I sure as hell cant convince everyone that Pumping is the best.
At least ill try.