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Scott Wilkins replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"You might check to see if they are covered as a non preferred item. The cost would be more, but if you add Freestyle's Promise program to that it should bring the cost down to normal. I use that setup right now. Costs me about $15 per 10 boxes…"
Nov 4, 2013
Piki101 replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"We have not yet received the letter but I am sure it is coming. We currently get our strips with our pump supplies through CCS so I would have to assume our Free Style strips will still be covered. Insulin on the other hand we get from Express…"
Nov 4, 2013
Kilij replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"I used to go to my local CVS/Pharmacy to get my strips and my insurance would not allow the Freestyle no matter what my doctor sent in. When I finally found a supplier that accepted my insurance for the pods, the supplier asked if I needed strips.…"
Nov 4, 2013
Katkat replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"All I had to do was call and tell them my pump requires the freestyle and they ok'd it immediately."
Nov 4, 2013
Natasha Bowlds replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"Yes - we were successful. Our doctor just made an appeal that those were the only strips that functioned with my son's insulin pump and the insurance company gave us an exception."
Nov 4, 2013
Melanie E. replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!' in the group OmniPod Users
"When I changed insurance companies I was dismayed to see that they only had a couple of test strips options listed. However, I dug around their site and they did have a form that your doctor filled out for making an exception. There was even a…"
Nov 4, 2013
Schmutz added a discussion to the group OmniPod Users
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Express Scripts--No longer covering Freestyle Test Strips!

I got a letter from Express Scripts a few days ago that they would no longer cover NovaLog and I have to switch to Humalog which I don't see as a big deal. BUT as I read further they are no longer going to cover the test strips for my OmniPod which are the Abott Freestyle strips. I did speak with a person in Customer service and they told me that I can file a request to continue with the medications that I'm using which would include the test strips. I REALLY don't want to have to carry another…See More
Nov 4, 2013
Scott Wilkins replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"It's funny how this occurs. A few years ago I was pushed from Humolog to Novolog for this very same reason."
Nov 2, 2013
DEA replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"I went the opposite direction, from Humalog to Novolog, and my experience suggests that the Novolog might act slightly faster for me, which is good if I'm reactively bolusing. Otherwise, I'm not seeing much of a difference in terms of…"
Nov 1, 2013
Schmutz replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"Good info...I did go and check both websites for NovaLog & Humalog. Both state about the same for storage, if unopened and refrigerated good until exp. date. If opened and kept at room temp. good for 28 days. Did not see anything about staying…"
Nov 1, 2013
shoshana27 replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"years before i went on the pump ( minimed 522 now ) i switched from HUMULIN to HUMALOG & my blood sugars were better."
Nov 1, 2013
Dee replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"Me too. I got 2 sample vials of humalog from my endo, to try before the change...it's supposed to work the same."
Nov 1, 2013
jla replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"Humalog may have changed but when I figured out that the Apidra I was using would lose potency after about 48 hours I did a lot of research and found that only Novolog claimed effectiveness in a reservoir for more than 48 hours. Novolog claims and…"
Nov 1, 2013
Schmutz replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"Thanks!"
Nov 1, 2013
Schmutz replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"Thanks!"
Nov 1, 2013
Melanie E. replied to Schmutz's discussion 'Humalog vs NovoLog' in the group OmniPod Users
"I switched from Novolog to Humalog and it's been just fine! I haven't noticed any difference in how it reacts. I think Humalog even looks less bubbly in the vial/syringe! It was a painless changeover for me."
Nov 1, 2013

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1 Shot good for 120 days!!

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 12:46pm 6 Comments

I was on my Yahoo page today and noticed one of the top search subjects was "Insulin" and immeadiatly caught my attention. So I checked out what the search was and came across this article...Not sure how much has been out there on this but I had not heard of it before.

Some researchers have been working a new Long-Lasting Insulin Shot that could last for up to 120 days! Could you imagine only 3 shots a year...I'm hoping to see this in my lifetime! Take Care…

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Just for Fun Survey

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 7:56pm 0 Comments

Took this survey on another user's page and thought I'd post. It was good therapy to answer some of these questions and it's neat to see others replies...Thanks to Lacy for putting this out there. Below are the questions and my replies Your responses may differ, give it a try, think it's best to just shoot from the hip.. See how you might answer some of these questions.



Name books/movies/tv with diabetic characters?\

Jay Cutler--QB for Chicago Bears (for now). Never really paid… Continue

First POD--So Far So Good !

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 7:20am 3 Comments

To all of my friends that I’ve met and those I’ve yet to meet. I have read your posts, tips, suggestions, moral support and at times more than I could process. I’ve been officially on a pump (POD) for about 60 hours and just went thru my first POD change this morning (changed it early as wanted to get on a am change routine). I have to say that the first few days and the first change went off without a hitch. I even let my little guy hit the “launch” button as we are calling it—he thought that… Continue

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At 7:47am on April 4, 2011, Frankie Sloane said…
Thank you for the tip about the song, I will make time to listen to it later today!
At 7:32am on December 12, 2010, dannyboy said…

Hey thanks for the reply, good to hear that you're killing it with your new pump!! Things have been still so confusing for me seems like i have to eat more than normal to keep my bg up. Everyone says I'm honey mooning and to enjoy it, so I have been except I'm back to work at a ski resort snowboarding as much as possible and burning through sugars fast while doing it seems like i always have to be munching on something ????

At 7:25pm on October 28, 2010, Mark Edwards said…
Hi Schmutz: I just saw your comment. I have only 1 dog right now. She is also a "british lab", and I run AKC and UKC hunt tests, UK style field trials, and the qualifying stake in US field trials. She has her HRCH UH and MH titles. I judge HRC and AKC hunt tests as well. I am your basic duck hunter and dog game junkie!
At 6:52am on October 25, 2010, 870allamerican said…
Hi Schmutz, Yes the 870 allamerican is one of my trap guns. I've had it since 1976. My numbers usually run from 85 to 120 during the day except for when I eat. It goes up like a rocket and then falls almost as fast. My endo just shakes her head on that. My A1c's have always been good. I do not remember any over 7.5. Since pumping now for 2 1/2 years my #'s have been coming down. My last was 6.2 about 4 months ago.
At 12:12pm on October 22, 2010, 870allamerican said…
Sorry I messed up your username.
At 12:11pm on October 22, 2010, 870allamerican said…
Schmuzs, Good luck. I've been to South Dakota pheasant hunting 3 years ago. The guide was on a Minimed pump and that pushed me into getting one. I had problems with the minimed in 9 deg weather. My basal rate is so low (0.10/hr) that the insulin got affected. I researched the omnipod and went with it August 09. I works great in the cold under all my cold weather gear.
Ray
At 6:10pm on August 16, 2010, FHS said…
Hey Schmutz, yeah, I'm over this whole waiting thing!! Luckily for me, my endo has been ever so gently pushing me towards a pump for 9 months. It's just a matter of getting the goodies sent, setting up my training session, then doing it. Argghhhhh!!! >(
At 8:51pm on May 4, 2010, Robyn said…
OOOO I am so happy for you! Glad the Pod is working out so well. French Fries and Ice Cream? wow. And good BS's too??? That is just like a dream lol

Yes, I am going to my Primary doctor on Thurs of this week and he is putting in a referral to a Endo. then I will discuss the Pod. I will be a big chicken I just know it...it will take me some time to feel "safe" but, I really think it is time. Thanks for the offer to help....two more of my friends on TuD are on the Pod too. thanks again and I am so happy for you. Take Care
At 8:37pm on May 4, 2010, Roadpizza said…
Thanks Schmutz! Yes, I think the Pod is a better set up and I like everything about it. I just met with with the rep this evening and hope to get the ball rolling soon and be Podding along. I work with electricity....I don't play with it. I would not be around long if I did that. Yes, I would like to talk with a fellow lineman and get first hand information as to how it worked out for him......
At 2:02pm on April 26, 2010, Gina said…
Thanks for thinking of me! I am interested, but honestly, overwhelmed. I am proud to say I avoid any and all technologically advanced projects :) Haha
 
 
 

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