I am smack-dab-in-the-middle of a very long, very annoying diabetes waiting game.
I’ve waited for my Dexcom sensors and transmitter refill for two months now.
I’ve waited to transition to the OmniPod DASH system for a few weeks now.
I’m very glad, and fortunate, that this waiting game does not apply to the most crucial of my diabetes supplies, which is of course my insulin.
But I’m still tired of waiting.
I don’t mind it as much for the OmniPod DASH; after all, I’d rather use up my remaining pods before diving right into full-time use of the new system.
But the Dexcom sensors and transmitter? That wait has been borderline ridiculous.
To sum it up, the wait is due to a series of miscommunications between me, my doctor’s office, my health insurance provider, and my DME (durable medical equipment) provider. And it sucks, because just like anyone else who has diabetes, works full-time, manages a household, and has a social life, I’m doing everything I can to address the matter when I have the time and mental bandwidth to do so, but still blame myself for not getting my prescriptions sooner.
It sucks that I feel failed by the healthcare system.
And again, I find myself feeling grateful that this is my first time experiencing anything like this in 23ish years of life with diabetes. But what’s opened my eyes is that this is a reality for some people with diabetes all the time. That doesn’t just suck – it’s unacceptable.
When will we stop having obstacles block the paths to getting essential, life-saving medications and equipment?