This morning I went up to the hospital to visit my Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe is my father’s twin, my godfather, and a Type 2 diabetic. He spent his 70th birthday in the hospital, where he’s been for over a week. He’s in ICU and has been quite sick, but luckily he’s getting better and stronger every day.
As far as I know, the reasons Uncle Joe is in the hospital right now are not diabetes related, although they are still running various tests to determine what is going on. But naturally, diabetes usually comes up in our conversations. This morning he asked about my pump - how I like it and how it works. I know he has a hard time with diabetes. A few months ago he had a really bad low and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was switched from oral meds to insulin years ago. He seemed genuinely fascinated as I explained my pump and he asked to see how it connected to me. As I showed him the infusion site on my leg and explained how I change it every three days, he asked “Could I get an insulin pump?”
I told him I thought he could if his doctor prescribed one for him. I do think it might help him. I know he struggles with both high and low blood sugars, and his A1C is never where he and his doctor would like it to be. But alarm bells went off in my head when I thought about insurance. He has great insurance, but I honestly have no idea if it is difficult for a Type 2 to get approval for an insulin pump. So I’m reaching out for advice and information. Who better to ask than the DOC? Does anyone have any information I can pass along to Uncle Joe?