Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Annual Transmitter Replacement Fee
We are busy studying the guide book, getting familiar with the software, and rereading Wil's blog before the appointment on Thursday.
One of the things that I haven't mentioned yet is that the transmitter needs to be replaced annually. Our local Medtronic Rep. told us that in order to make something completely waterproof, Medtronic needed to use a nonreplaceable battery in the transmitter. This piece should stay on while Tommy is in the shower or swimming. The battery or batteries should last about 1 year. I called today to find out what the replacement fee would be and found out that it is $500 for a new transmitter. Keep your fingers crossed that health insurance coverage comes soon because this sure is getting expensive when you add an annual theft/loss insurance fee and this replacement battery fee.
But we are still very anxious to start using the Guardian RT. I accidentally slept through the 1:45 a.m. check last night. I didn't check him until I woke up at 3:30 am. He was 51! The last two nights he has needed a correction at 1:45 a.m. It doesn't seem to follow any real pattern these days. I can't wait until I can see more numbers. It will be worth it!