I headed to the post office the other day with two envelopes to mail.
One was headed to Toronto, one to the East Coast.
Both have to do with diabetes.
The first one is my application for the Disability Tax Credit. It contains a cover letter, a five page summary of what I do every day to keep myself alive and healthy and a 9+ page application signed by my diabetes doctor.
I should hear back in 6 to 8 weeks re whether or not I qualify.
The second envelope contains a request to my insurance company to cover the cost of my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) sensors. There is a two-page letter from me explaining how they work and the importance of having them, an application form and an estimate from my pharmacist of the cost.
I called the insurance company last week to see if they covered the sensors and was told that no, they do not. But I could request a review of that decision and should hear back within a week once they receive the information.
Why am I doing this now?
Because of a conversation I had with a new friend from Israel and a new friend from Norway.
Both use the CGM. All the time. Neither couldn't believe that I didn't.
"I have tried it before" I said "they're just so expensive".
"That is not an excuse" was the reply.
I understand the value of continuous glucose monitoring. It helps identify patterns to better control your blood sugar but, more importantly, it helps keep us safe. Alarms sound when blood sugar drops below a certain number. In the middle of a run or in the middle of the night.
CGMs have saved people's lives - woken them up from a bad low that they didn't feel.
I know. I get it. I agree.
So I'm starting the fight to have them covered by my insurance. So I too can take better care of myself.
All because of my two new international friends.