Posted 11/29/2018 1:06 AM (GMT -6)
Well Mike if you can afford the 400 dollars and your current PM is willing to get you a PTM from the company for you, I personally think I would jump at the chance to get it!!! Your PM will program it to the number of bolus doses you can give yourself in a 24 hour period and the waiting time between each bolus dose and the amount each bolus dose is! When I first got mine it was programed for a max of 10 bolus doses in a 24 hour period with a 2 hour waiting period between doses, after my second refill he changed it to only one hour between bolus doses but left the max at ten bolus's per 24 hour period. I've nevered came close to using all ten bolus doses in a 24 hour period, so when I went up for my last refill on Oct 31 he changed to a maximum bolus doses in a 24 hour perion to eight.
When they refill and program or reprogram your pump, they can down load from your pump how many times you used your PTM in (for me a 6 month period as that is how often I get my pump refilled) and how many times when you used your PTM it successfully gave you the bolus dose and how many time it rejected it because of not waiting the proper interval or what ever was the reason!
It sounds like your current PM is really good, and if he thinks the PTM would really help you, and yes it is unfortunate that your previous PM didn't order them and use them togethet, and that now you will have to pay out of pocket for it!! But....if you can afford it,...... I personally think it would be worth getting!! I guess I am just fortunate that my PM includes the PTM as part of his patients pain management! For me I had no additional expense with it, What Medicare didn't cover TriCare for Life did!
Anyway just my thoughts about it. Good Luck to you Mike