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All the paperwork has been completed between the pump company (Omnipod), the insurance company, and the Endocrinologist's office.

The day before yesterday, our Omnipod rep contacted me to inform us that our Insurance is covering the pump, and it does not apply to the deductible, meaning... we are only paying a co-pay for the pods, and the PDM (controlling device) is covered at 100%, so our portion of that is zero!

I was so pumped for this progress that I went ahead and ordered some accessories. I ordered some vinyl stickers for the pods (the part that will be on his body). These stickers are known to prevent a static electricity build up that can cause pump failure, as well as decorate the pod. I also ordered a silicone bumper case for the PDM.

Yesterday, the confirmation came that Daniel's Omnipod is shipping, however, due to weather issues between the location it's shipping from and us, it may not arrive until next week. This is okay, though, because we still have to have training and those appointments aren't as quick to arrive as the pump.

I told Daniel that we can do an unboxing video when the packages arrive and upload it to here for you all to see. They are all the rage, these days. I promised him this because I told him upfront that despite it being in our hands, we cannot use it as soon as we get it and I don't want him to be upset over that (he's been going through the anger stages of grief lately).

Our first training appointment is scheduled for Monday, March 19th at 10am. This appointment will go over the pump attachment and function specifically. We will fill a pod with saline, attach and start the device at this appointment. We will continue with the pods and saline for the next 7 days while still using MDI (multiple daily injections) to administer his saline. We will interact with the PDM as if it were insulin so we can learn how to use it properly. Having saline in the pod instead of insulin means if we make a mistake, his life is not put at risk because of it.

Our second training appointment will be Monday, March 26th. This appointment will review how the week went, answer any questions, and start using insulin.

It will take up to a month to transition because there will be many adjustments to his dosing amounts. The pump can deliver an exact amount of insulin needed for the amount of carbs or higher blood sugar, whereas we are doing the math for the exact amount, but can only inject in half unit increments. Because of this, his dosing may need to be dialed down or up. To help speed this process, I have to make a detailed log of what goes on with food, insulin, and his blood sugar, etc. It's a good thing I do this in a more detailed log than they ask for. I only have to transfer the information to the form that they gave me.

The pump is going to be such a blessing, once it's perfected to his body needs.

We are going with an Omnipod system because there are no tubes that he will be tethered to a device with, and also, the controlling device only needs to be near him while the pump is being programmed for a meal or correction. Once programmed, he can be away from it. This helps ensure that he can't mess with it by accident (or on purpose) and also he doesn't have to try to fit another device in his fanny pack. Having to carry so many things around is hard for a 9 year old.

We are pumped for pumps!

Stay tuned for our unboxing video.

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