After abit of playing the waiting game with Abbott Canada – then being sent over to Abbott USA – I finally have some exciting info for those of you who maybe are facing the same dilemma as I am – not being able to own an insulin pump. I learned about this product from Marco Bianchi – who is a CDE at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I was Facebooking with him at the time to see if the province of Quebec had finally made the pump program for children legit – which it has – yee!haa!. Sadly, the pump program here in Quebec is only for ages up to 18 – and of course – you know me as an old fart pumping D – I’ll be once again writing to Premier Charest to have ALL age groups allowed to participate in the pump program. In the meantime, I’m preparing myself for the worst case scenario – of not having my faithful companion attached to me. I searched the internet with the product name he'd given me and low and behold I came across this press release from May 2011.
I retire in about 5 years and without medical insurance from the work place, owning a pump will be a pipe dream (sorry - $6K is a lot of money – let alone average of $300/month for supplies). Currently I am covered 100% for pump supplies, the pump itself was 80% covered. I'd written last year about my going on a pump break for 6 months when I went back to MDI (multiple dosage injecting) – so I know I can do alright with being on needles again. Still it’s the programming functions of the pump for my I:C (insulin : carb ratio)m I:B (insulin on board) - and other little handy things that my pump has a history of. Well, this device does that - except - no hook up with an infusion set and at an estimated price of $80 - more affordable for me in the long run.
The only information that Abbott USA (many thanks Gayle) and I could find (we were searching online together while on the phone which was a lot of fun – I was finding the info for the rep ) – was to go the the UK website – where you have a tutorial of what this meter can do for you – as well as other useful information (e.g. you can put your fav pic as your background on your pump – guess what I’ll be having on mine – meow, meow, meow).
The touch screen meter (reminds me of an I-Phone) has just been released in the USA this past week (though you won't find it on any of their website at this time of writing). It has been available in Canada - but sadly - they have nothing at their website. I'm interested in what my pharmacist here in Quebec says when I inquire into it on my next legal drug run to them.
So, for now, go to this link, choose UK if you prefer English (the tutorial dude is so hilarious – trust me – you will fall in love with him). If you prefer another language just click on the different countries. I am not sure when the USA / Canada will have the information linked up correctly – but for now – this is the only way I have of finding out more about the device. Clicking on the Canada link just takes you to a general page – with no info on this product.
What do you think? Is this something that could help you better manage your diabetes? Are you like me, willing to give it a try? Hope so, I love being the continual revolving door guinea pig for diabetes products! Bring it on I say, bring it on!!! Now, Abbott, if only you'd let me have the device for free!!
NB: Size of meter is 6.07 cm / 2 3/4 " Width - 9.5 cm / 3 3/4" Length - 1.5 cm / abit under 3/4" Depth