So frustrated and angry! The insurance company denied Riley's pump because "he is not independent with his diabetes care. He has only been diabetic for 6 months and it is not clear that he fully understands how to manage his insulin doses now because others are managing it for him." I called his doctor's office to see what their position was and if they knew about the denial. They did and are gathering more info to send, including a peer to peer discussion between his doc and one of their docs if necessary. I am blessed to have someone to help me fight. The person I spoke with said that one of the reasons they used was that he has ADHD and might not have enough control to manage it. I am sooooo angry! My son didn't choose to stack diabetes on top of his ADHD. However, he manages his ADHD well and it does not interfere with his life - we won't let it. Just as we have meds to help keep the ADHD in his pocket, we want to get him on the pump to help keep the diabetes in his pocket. How dare they discriminate because he has ADHD!!!! As for managing his diabetes independently??? He tests his own blood sugar, calculates his correction, calculates his meal bolus, draws up the proper amount of insulin and gives it to his dad and I to inject. The only thing he isn't ready to do is inject himself - and this is after only 8 months! Aside from a few "I don't give a rip if I have diabetes" moments, he is my hero as I don't think I, as an adult, would have handled the changes he has had to so gracefully. I know I am preaching to the choir. I was not surprised that he was denied and that I need to submit more paperwork. However, the reasons for denial are completely unacceptable. While the doctor's office gathers information, so will I. I am contacting his psychologist and psychiatrist tommorrow for them to write a letter regarding ADHD and how it would not interfere with him learning and using an insulin pump. I am also going to send the papers with his numerical calculations to figure his doses. I will choke them with paper if that is what they want. Thanks for letting me rant ... sometimes it is just cathartic to get it out in some form or another!