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Discussion in 'Teens' started by Mgirod, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Mgirod

    Mgirod Approved members

    Apr 29, 2014
    Hi again, If you have a pump or are looking to get one how long did you have to wait before you could get one? I was just diagnosed so I know it will probably be a while but any time frame?
  2. Cheetah-cub

    Cheetah-cub Approved members

    Feb 18, 2014
    My 10 year was diagnosed on Dec 4th, and we started pumping on March 26th. So, it was a little over 3 months for us.

    We love our pump, it has made life so much easier. If you want to pump, then talk to your endo doctor ASAP. They may have some requirements. We had to attend our pre-pump class first, and they only offer this class about once or twice a month, and they get fill up fast. I made several calls to get into one of these classes. Then I got lucky, I was trying to make an appointment for a further out date, when there was an opening on a much sooner class due to cancellation.

    To get a pump fast, it really helps if you have a doctor who is supportive of you getting on a pump fast, and insurance what is willing to go along.

    When we talk to our doctor, she was supportive right away, and we thought we may have to battle our insurance company, but they just approved it.

    Our Dexcom was approved even faster than our pump. You should get a Dexcom too.
  3. rgcainmd

    rgcainmd Approved members

    Feb 6, 2014
    I agree with Cheetah-Cub: it is dependent primarily on how supportive your endocrinologist is about transitioning to a pump. Of course, your insurance must be willing to cover it, as the out-of-pocket cost is prohibitively expensive for almost everyone. That being said, until your endocrinologist O.K.'s it, you're out of luck. For example, our insurance was willing to cover the cost of a pump for my daughter about one week after she was diagnosed (on 01/24/2014). Despite this, my daughter's endocrinologist kept putting off approving it, so we are finally getting my daughter's pump tomorrow. (This is after countless telephone calls and emails to our endocrinologist in which I finally had to resort to crying and begging in order to get her to sign off on a pump. Then we waited several weeks for the pump specialist to get back to us in order to set up a "pre-pump appointment." I wasn't even allowed to leave the pump specialist a message requesting a call back. As a result, as soon as we finish pump training we are transferring to another endo practice.)
  4. mom24grlz

    mom24grlz Approved members

    Mar 30, 2010
    Ashleigh's endocrinologist required a 6 month wait. Ashleigh didn't become interested until 4 months post dx. So during those 2 months, we researched different pumps. By the time the 6 months was there, she already knew which pump she wanted. We had to take a class, and then order the pump. By the time that was all said and done it was 8 months post dx.
  5. MomofSweetOne

    MomofSweetOne Approved members

    Aug 28, 2011
    Part of the reason some endos want a waiting period is to observe the diabetes management skills the family system is establishing. Without long-acting insulin, the risk of DKA is greater on a pump without a CGM monitoring or consistent testing throughout the days and night. Teens are notorious for not testing, bolusing, etc., so they want to know that you ARE before they sign off on a device whose use or undetected problems with use could land you in DKA with its bad effects. It's reasonable in situations where the tiny, tiny amount of insulin the toddlers need aren't crucial. It's also important to have skills with syringes because the need for them arises when least expected.

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