I used to have a dexcom when I was on my moms insurance. At the end of last year, my mom left her job & we had to switch over to my dads insurance. His company is with UMR. They don’t cover dexcom so I had to go back to testing my blood 6x a day. I’ve always been in pretty good control of my bloodsugars & the 13 years of having diabetes I never passed out or had been hospitalized for it. Year 14 comes around (when I no longer have my dexcom) & theres now been 3 instances which my parents have found me passed out. Every time Ive had one of these severe lows that leaves me unconscious its been in the middle of the night when I was asleep. This last time, my alarm was going off for work at 5am & when my parents realized my alarm had been going off for 5 minutes & I hadn’t shut if off, they knew something was wrong. They came in & I was unresponsive leaving them no choice but to use my glucagon. This was the third incident in less than a year that I lost consciousness & It required my parents help.
With all that being said, im trying to get my doctor to over ride the insurance & tell them they have to cover my dexcom due to severe lows in the night. It scares me that one day Im not going to get lucky like I have the last 3 times. If my alarm for work wouldn’t of been going off at 5am that morning, who knows what would’ve happened if my parents wouldn’t of came in to check on me. Ive been diabetic 14 years & this is the first time I’ve actually been really scared to sleep at night because this is the THIRD time in a year something like this has happened.
So, if anyone has had an issue with getting their insurance to cover dexcom & found a way around it, or if anyone has any advice on dealing with this type of issue, please let me know. At this point theres still hope my doctor may be able to get them to cover it, but I keep thinking about the “what if” because I just want to be prepared & have a backup plan if this doesn’t work out.