Continuous Glucose Monitor / Pump
Organized by: Heather Morey
I am a Type 2 Diabetic that has more recently been struggling with severe hypoglycemic unawareness. This means that often times I do not feel when my blood sugar gets dangerously low until it is almost to or at the point of needing intervention from other people around me. I carry glucagon wherever I go (Glucagon is a shot that will immediately increase glucose levels temporarily until other means can be obtained). More recently I have also have been experiencing extremely high blood sugar numbers as well. Because I have a Type 2 diagnosis, insurance does not cover the cost of a Pump or Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.
A Continuous Glucose Monitoring System tests blood glucose every five minutes and produces an updated number on a screen. It also shows arrows on the screen each time that indicate where the blood sugar level is headed. Because I teach kindergarten and am in charge of 25 tiny bodies besides my own, having these alerts built in would save me time from continually testing with my glucose monitor. This time can be better spent educating the minds of my 5 year olds. It will also save me from a potentially life threatening low and/or high blood glucose level.
The money raised will help me to obtain the Medtronic Minimed 530g (which is a pump and CGM all in one), Transmitter, and first few months of Sensors. I am currently working with my insurance to get an override on the payment for the sensors. They will process payment for the sensors after I obtain the initial setup and first 3 months of sensors.