Okay... so this is a bit of a rant... but sometimes I just get so frustrated. So receently in British Columbia Canada the government decided to cover insulin pumps for kids under 18 with type 1 diabetes. This is GREAT!... my only problem is... that im 25 and still a type 1 diabetic who would love to have better control of her blood sugars and live a healthier lifestyle which I could do with an insulin pump. But simply, I can not afford the 7000 dollar bill that is attached to the device.
I do not understand why because i am 8 years to old... i am not eligible for a pump. it drives me crazy ... I was once a child with type 1 diabetes too!!... arg... it is great that we are taking steps to improve type 1 diabetics health but I dont understand why I can not also have that option... I get it ... it costs money... but so will the complications that i may more readily obtain because i dont have as good of control as I could with a pump.
What really actually started this rant is that I was looking at the requirements to be able to get one of these gov't funded pumps. the usual stuff came up such as physician recomndation etc. Fine. The gov't is also allowing for replacement pumps every five years for these individuals which again is GREAT... but... there are certain standards that are to be met. one being that the individuals A1C must be below 9% on two seperate occasions 6 months prior to the request for the replacement. The other which is what got me started was that the person must not have had more than 1 DKA episode within the last year. Fine ... they want to make sure we are taking care of ourselves...but from some of the forums on here... it seems like it could be pretty easy to go into DKA if the pump site does not deliver the insulin or the pump runs out of insulin etc. Maybe Im just a little bitter about not being able to get an insulin pump but i find it very frustrating that the gov't can put conditions on our health. Most people try to be healthy ... but may not always achieve this why should they be punished because they dont meet the requirements that were arbitrarily put out by an uneducated system.
thanx for reading :)