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It takes some time to adjust to a new insulin pump. How long, exactly, I’m not sure. However, I’m about a month into my life with the Animas OneTouch Ping (with the meter-remote), and I’d say that this week’s blog entry and possibly one more will be the extent to which I write about my pump transition process. Not that I’m running out of things to say, but I do have other life-with-diabetes things I’d like to write about.

So…

The verdict on Animas vs. Cozmo as of this writing? I like the Animas OneTouch more than I ever liked the Deltec Cozmo (which I recently switched from). It’s been a while in the making of the call, and no, I’m not making the statement to convince myself I like the Animas more — after all, because the Cozmo’s no longer manufactured, it doesn’t matter if I pined for the days of the Deltec; they’re gone.

There are several things that have really pushed me into the Animas camp, and the one I want to write about this week is the pump’s ability to talk to its meter. The Animas OneTouch Ping comes with a blood glucose meter, which they call the meter-remote. This device, I’ve found, is a wonderfully convenient way for me to check my blood glucose and to bolus for meals.

See, it may seem rather lazy, but I don’t like to unclip my pump from my belt, or have to pull the pump out of my pocket, in order to bolus for a meal or — as with the Cozmo, which had a meter attached to it — check my blood glucose. I’d much rather get up and walk to the other room and check my glucose via the meter-remote than to not get up at all and have to dig in my pocket or unclip from the belt, unfurl the tubing on the pump, check or bolus, then put the pump back away.

Not sure why, really, but perhaps out-of-sight with the pump is how I am most comfortable with an insulin pump. I am not ashamed of the device, but I do like forgetting that it’s there, that it’s attached. That’s difficult to do, yet for some reason, for me (and note this is me speaking about my experience; yours is probably quite different), the less I futz about with the pump itself, the more satisfied I am with wearing it. Standing at my dresser, sitting at my desk at work, or wherever it is I may be, and simply having to check on a handheld device the size of a cell phone and then dialing in a correction or bolus from that same device without having to remove anything from my person? That right there earns the Animas a lot of points in my book.

And with the meter-remote, I find I’m checking my blood glucose levels more frequently. This has the benefit of helping me keep my overall average glucose lower. I admit that I’m frustrated that the range the meter-remote has to the pump on my person isn’t nearly as far as I’d like it to be, but these are slight adjustments, and I’ve made them willingly.

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  1. I’m the opposite — I don’t want to go wandering around the house wondering where I left the remote, so I’m perfectly happy with the integrated Medtronic pump and CGM. Of course, if the CGM shows an off reading, I still have to find my meter, but it usually stays where I tell it to, if I’m firm with it. For boluses, I like the Medtronic fine, too.

    So the upshot is that for anyone considering a pump, a trial run and serious thought about your own idiosyncrasies are really necessary! :-)

    Posted by Natalie Sera |
  2. I agree! I switched to the Animas One Touch Ping in September 2010 from the Accucheck Spirit. What a difference! I also LOVE checking my blood sugar with the meter, having it calculate a correction bolus or calculate my bolus based on my blood sugar and carbs and then it automatically delivers the bolus remotely to my pump. But you can’t walk away or the bolus will be cancelled.

    The spirit had a Palm that would calculate my insulin dosage, but I had to manually enter the dose into my pump. Not convenient at all . . and the palm broke. Not covered by Accucheck. I also LOVE the Animas infusion sets! They self inject! and I can wear them longer than I could the Accucheck infusion sets . .they are much more comfortable.

    the only issue I have with the Animas One Touch Ping is that within 30 days, the plastic coating on my pump bubbled, and when I called Animas (since its clearly a manufacturer defect) they told me they only provide one replacement during the life of my pump . . so I just pealed off the coating and moved on.

    Posted by Ann |
  3. I am new to using the insulin pump. I’ve been using the Medtronic MiniMed for only 1 week and so far I have no complaints. It is simple to learn to use and comes with a One Touch Ultra Link meter that automatically sends my blood glucose readings to my pump. I also like the Care Link USB that comes with the pump that transfers my pump data into several different reports that can be printed out for my doctor visits. I think the one feature I like the best is the easily set 2 hour reminder to check my blood sugar after meals. Without the reminder, time would just pass by and the BG check would be forgotten until too late.

    Posted by Terri |
  4. Don’t you miss the hypo and hyper manager functions on the Deltec? I was on the latter for 8 years and am currently testing the Animas 2020. I’m forced to check glucose more than before since there’s no way to guesstimate the dosages of carbs and insulin as acurately when you have a low or over 250 reading. I feel like I’ve gone back in history to the days before Deltec introduced the hypo/hyper management system. However, the EZCARB and EZBG are just fine, as are the sets.

    Posted by Joan C |
  5. I, too, use the Metronic Minimed pump and 1-touch Unltralink.The one thing I like is just enter the # of carbs and the pump figures out the bokus. I usually agree with pump boluses.

    My endo likes the fact that I check my BG’s every 2 hrs between meals.It’s taken me 2 yrs to get the hang of the pump stuff. Sure beats vial & syringe!!

    Posted by miss kitty 3 |
  6. I have had a Deltec Cozmo and it was not worth the money or trouble. I now have a Medtronics Minimed Pardigm Insulin Pump. I also have a One Touch Metronic Blood Glucose Monitor that is linked to my insulin pump. The combination is wonderful. I will be adding a Continious Glucose Monitor in the next month. It will also be able to send information to the pump and alert me to a downward trend of an upward trend.

    As important as these new pumps and meters are, the most important part is to have good support from your physician. This has proved to be the part that has really changed my life. I don’t feel like I am ever without support if there is a problem.

    The pump also uploads my information to a website where my doctor can see it if I am having problems.

    Posted by Claudene |

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