Got the call from the customer representative from my health insurance company on Friday afternoon regarding the appeal I submitted for an insulin pump. Unfortunately, the pump still got denied. Sigh.
The customer representative said the only thing preventing the authorization was that I had not been on insulin injections for at least six months and that once the six months have passed I should re-submit my application again. I do understand they want people to be comfortable with insulin injections for a while as insulin pumps don’t work for everyone. They probably want to make sure people have a fallback in case the pump doesn’t end up working for them (or if there’s a pump malfunction). This makes sense, but I know there are a lot of people (and kids) that are put on pumps shortly after diagnosis.
I guess I will have to wait until my six months have passed before applying again. This would be around Thanksgiving. Will continue with my injections for now and try to benefit from the experience of being on injections for a while before applying again.
Among other things, I have been trying to find more hobbies (other than exercise) to keep me busy and distract myself from diabetes. I have been getting into needle felting. It’s mindless enough that I can just zone out and forget about the world. I find it quite therapeutic to jab something other than my fingers or belly for a change (I always feel bad about poking whatever I’m making in the eyes with the needle though, lol). Below are two of my creations. I think I will be putting them on my Christmas tree this year.