oh. my. lantus.

First of all, I want to express a HUGE 'thank you' to all the wonderful comments and supportive sentiments regarding our homeschooling curriculum.  You all are so encouraging and such a positive influence in my life.

And boy do I need love and encouragement today, because

Oh. My. Lantus. 

(Another great phrase from my friend, Ceesa.  It replaced OMG in just about every situation.  Do YOU have a 'Ceesa' in your life?  If you don't, I recommend finding one and hanging on tight)

I will begin at the end of this tale because the beginning is too long ago to correctly recall.

Ellie is officially 'live with insulin' with an Omnipod pump . . . TODAY!!!!!  Or, 5 hours at this point.

Notice I didn't say "OUR" Omnipod pump?  Yeah.  About that.

Our insurance gave the green light verbally after we submitted our paperwork 30 (thirty!) days ago.

We have done our part.  Ellie completed the week-long saline trial and our Endocrinologist's office was on top of the requested documentation.

Omnipod was on top of things and did what they could in response to our insurance company's many requests.

Yet, here we are today, pumping with insulin on the Dr.'s office loaner Omnipod pump.  The same one we took home for the saline trial.


Because the insurance company is a piece of ($*%&^#*( work.  A business who doesn't care who my daughter is or why she wants a better T1D management system.

So we have to prove it by flooding them with doctor certifications, proof of training calenders, blood sugar logs, carb counts, plans of actions and payment plans.  Really?

Okey-Dokey then.  I will play along nicely until I just can't anymore, or they approve and send out OUR pump . . . . whichever comes first. 

I really don't have time to be mad, anyway.  The learning curve on pumping and the zig/zag nature of T1D will have me busy enough. 

Oh yeah, and our first day of homeschool is t-o-m-o-r-r-o-w. 

I'd say this is a pretty good representation on my inner self today.  Anyone else feeling this way, too?


Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Oh I hope YOUR pump comes soon. I hope it's going smoothly otherwise. Good luck with homeschooling tomorrow. It seems like you have it all together and you and your kids are going to have a completely wonderful school year!

Joanne said...

Blah, stupid insurance companies. They need a good groin-kicking.
Hope things with the pump are going well!

Deanna said...

Congrats on pumping! Sorry about the insurance issues. They really only care about the bottom line unfortunately. :(

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Back to school shopping makes me feel that way...but I usually end up showing it on the outside, too.

I'll stick to the nice things I have to say about insurance companies..."can't live with 'em. Can't live without 'em."

That's all the nice stuff I can think of.

Yay for a nice Dr. that will let you borrow until the insurance co. gets their act together. And...yay for going live! I am sooo interested in hearing about your journey.

Jessica said...

Sorry about the insurance issue. This WILL work out and it WILL be awesome. And that picture at the bottom could be me if she had bags under her eyes and frizzy hair with 1800 bobby pins in it because she cut it too short. :)

Roselady said...

Wow, starting pumping and homeschool in the same week -- that takes a lot of strength. Oh my lantus, is a really good phrase, btw. But, I guess now you'll be saying oh my basal. And, then you'll have to explain to everyone that you're not actually referring to basil (the plant or the saint...)

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

I guess I have to say, "Oh.My.Novolog!"LOL It just doesn't have the same ring as yours.

Congrats on the pumping!

Best of luck tomorrow!!!!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

I think you & Lisa might be working towards sharing a brain :)

Tomorrows gonna be a good, good day! Don't forget to start it on your knees!

Mary said...

LOVE "OM-L!" But yeah, we're pumping at our house too these days, so won't mean as much. :( But our Noah just started pumping in March, so I remember the learning curve oh so well. And I'm sure you know this already, but holy cow is it worth every stinkin' ounce of effort! It has really changed Noah's life. Love, love, LOVE the pump! Hope the week goes well and the insurance company gets their heads out of their @*&$! Do they not have enough research in front of them about a pumper's A1Cs vs. an injector? Especially a KID?? Oh my lantus indeed.

Natalie said...

I am so excited for all of you to start this adventure and can't wait to come see it. I still don't get your insurance company's issues with the pump. You'll have to keep us updated on how it's going!

Reyna said...

Wow...you don't mess around WOMAN! Good luck with it all. You definitely take the bull by the horns in all you take on in this life. That is one of the many reasons you are so loved by all. xo

Leigh said...

OML!!! That is exactly what my inner self looks like because I am dealing with a husband whose outer self looks just like it - well a boy version of it!! Bless our hearts, we haven't slept more than 1.5 hours in a row since we started. And our numbers are crazy rediculous. So on top of the random craziness of it, Matt seems particularly concerned that I can't get my head out of my @$$ (his words). And to prove that he is absolutely right in his ASSessment, I will just go ahead and admit it. I bolused Aiden twice for dinner last night. Yes, my name is Leigh, and I am certifiably insane and almost killed my son last night. I mean I seriously could have! I made him drink 2 (hot from the car) Juicy Juices and mother birded him m&m's until he FINALLY came back up to 126 (you know, on his way to 320!) I'm not even kidding. So in answer to your question, yeah, I'm up for Happy Hour.

muffinmoon said...

I am always shocked at what you guys have to put up with in the US. In some ways you have so much choice but in others everything is delayed and I get angry at the cost of all this paperwork.
However, I remember the first weeks of pumping. I was tired and a bit scared but that feeling of no injections was just so great. Hang in there. Much love from me to you and yours.

Alexis Nicole said...

Ugh insurance. Enough said.

Good luck with homeschooling and Poding! Hope you'll have YOURS their soon :) xo

Sarah said...

I often wonder if these insurance companies really know who they're messing with when it comes to us d'rents, I mean really why would you mess with the majorly sleep deprived like that?! I hope all works out quickly and you get YOUR omnipod soon. We're in the same boat with the pod, but TJ isn't very excited about giving up MDI so he's not pushing it, whatever right?!
As for homeschooling, you're going to do great :)

Wendy said...

Hey....when did you sneak in and snap that pic of me???

I'm thrilled for your awesome new adventures. Can you believe it's almost been 1 year since I found you???? CRAZY!

I'll pray for YOUR pump to arrive safe and sound soon.

Keep up the awesome work, my friend...YOU ROCK!

Lora said...

Oh my Lantus!!! Love it!