Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
I see it staring at me, open mouthed, as I sit on the couch. That little Medtronic box that came 17 days ago, with the Minilink Continuous Glucose Sensor I’ve been trying to get approved for 6 months. I must have read the literature that came with it at least 5 times cover-to-cover by now (I’m a dork, I like to read instruction manuals). It’s just killing me that I can’t start using it until I’m “trained by a professional”. It would have been really nice to have on my bike ride last Saturday, so I might have anticipated that low that was seemingly impervious to Powerbar Gel and Gatorade. It would be great to have now, so that I can figure out what nightime basals need to be adjusted to avoid these morning lows I’ve been having. Obviously all the exercise I’ve been doing lately is battling with my dawn phenomenon, but it’s really hard to know when it’s dropping.
(On a side note, I’m not sure dawn phenomenon is really an accurate term. My highest basals start at 2am. I guess it’s dawn somewhere in the eastern Atlantic at that time, but for me, it’s still sleepytime)
Anyway, I’m finally meeting with the Medtronic rep next Wednesday for my training. I understand that they’re busy, and in the grand scheme of things, these few weeks are nothing compared to the amount of time I’ve waited since my coverage battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield began in December of last year. Still, it sucks having this thing sitting there, knowing that I can’t use it yet. I’m almost positive I could figure everything out myself, but the rules say I have to be trained first. Until then, I guess that box will just continue to sit there and amuse our cats. Because, you know, a $1,000 piece of medical equipment is just sooo much more entertaining than that basket of toys 10 feet away.
Hope you guys have a great weekend!
P.S. Thanks for all of the comments and new twitter followers! I didn’t realize I had to approve the comments in order for them to appear, until Kerri pointed out that I hadn’t done so. Please pardon my ignorance.