Well, after months of dithering and worrying about the financial end of things, I've finally gotten an answer from Medtronic of how much a pump is going to cost me. I've been on their call list since about June--but I was putting it off until I had an actual paycheck. Besides, I was worried about the price. After all was said and done, pump supplies apparently run in the $150 range for 3 months. I only pay $40/month for my insulin, syringes, and test strips, and it's still going to be $20/month if I'm no longer using levemir or syringes.
The pump salesman explained it's because my insurance has a yearly DME cap of $3000--which I would hit at a run because the pump is expensive. So, the best time for me to actually get a pump is now, at the end of the year, so that my DME cap is hit, and then resets in January before I have to buy a second round of resevoirs and infusion sets.
It's less than $2000 to me. Not much less, but I can do that. Especially since they'll set up a payment plan. Have I mentioned recently how incredibly expensive diabetes is?
And so I just sent off an email to the salesman, telling him that I'm going to go for it. I have butterflies in my stomach about the size of pteronodons, and it's not just because I'm spending half a semester's tuition in one fell swoop. I don't even know if I'll like it--if I'll be able to handle the tubing, if the infusion sets will burn my skin off--I am incredibly sensitive to adhesives.
But it's started. At any time, I can back out, of course, but I think I'm going to like a pump.