My son David was Dx last December at age 4. We’ve been doing injections for the last year b/c our health insurance was a HDHP with a 10G Ded. So we’ve been paying cash OOP for everything in this last year. I was also preggo when he was diagnosed so we couldn’t apply for new coverage until baby was born and “deemed” healthy.
We finally got approval for a new policy under Blue Cross that our whole family is doing. With that said, we are finally exploring our options for a pump.
Right now we spend $300/quarter for lantus/apidra pens and draw out the insulin with syringes (more insulin for your money with the solostar pens).
We burn through 250-300 strips a month (Freestyle Light)
And pay for syringes.
We’ve been given 2 boxes of OmniPods and a remote (PDM?) by our CDE to keep until we decide to go for it or try something else, or switch back to syringes. So right now there is no cost in.
As I’m starting to calculate the costs, even with our new insurance I’m not sure we can afford it.
We are looking at 50% prescription benefits up to $1200. Nothing covered past that $1200.
Meet the 2K ded. and then 80% is covered. Test strips/pump stuff is DME which applies to ded. (which I’m sure you all know)
Our son has only had the pod on for 2 days but he hates it. He does not like having something attached to him. We haven’t said anything to him about one or the other to try to sway his thinking, we wanted to see his inital reaction. He told me he wanted to take the pod off and do shots instead.
How long should we try to encourage him to try it, we don’t want to take the $$$$ plunge if he’s not liking it. What do you feel about cost of omnipod vs. traditional syringes.
We only use about 10-15 units/day (max) and can get 35-40 days out of a pen effectively. I just choke at the thought of throwing away 50 units of insulin every 3 days. That’s 9 pens a month for the omnipod!
We were doing Apidra/Lantus and are now pumping Apidra.
I’m really liking the pod!!! But I’m not the diabetic, I’m just trying to do what’s best for David and be a good mom. If he loved the pod I’d really try to make it work financially.