My 13 year old daughter has been on the pump for four years. We started her on the Minimed because we weren't getting good control through injections and we thought that this would be the solution. Since being on the pump, we have seen some improvement with her A1C's, but not what we expected. During this time we've just kept tweeking her dosages and trying new things. Now that she's a teenager, she is even more self concious about her diabetes and she didn't like the idea that people could see her pump or the tubing. She is now on the OmniPod. I don't have any real issues yet with the device since she has only been on it for a month otherthan the occlusions that we have had on a couple of the pods. Now we are facing another issue in regards to my company's insurance plan for 2011. We are being forced to switch to a high deductable plan next year and diabetes supplies will not be covered until the $2,500 deductable is met. This means paying out of pocket for pods at $300+ per month. We could swing it, but it would be extremely difficult for us financially.
Since her A1C's are not where we want them to be and now that she's older and more responsible, we are considering going back to MDI. With the new insurance plan Humalog and Lantus will be covered at 100% We would however, need to pay out of pocket for syringes, but this is minimal in comparison to pump supplies. Has anyone else seen better A1C results with MDI than with pumping? I've talked to my daughter about switching and she seems to be ok with the idea. I just worry that she won't always give herself insulin for her meals when she's out with friends since she will no longer have the ease of bolusing through her pump.
I just want to do what's best for her and not just what's best for us financially.