A couple of weeks ago on this blog I mused about my having to move on from my Deltec Cozmo insulin pump. The four-year warranty on my Deltec is up, and because insurance will now cover a replacement, I feel it’s in my best interest to select a new pump. I don’t want to be caught in three months, six months, or a year out with a pump that the company no longer covers the fixing of!
In the time since I wrote that post, I’ve received feedback from several of you (see the comments section of the entry linked to above). I’ve also had discussions with my endocrinologist, with my CDE, and with several pump users about the different devices available to me. Plus — and I’m sure you know this — if you go to YouTube and enter specific pump names, you’ll find pump users who’ve posted videos where they document in detail their use of a particular pump. Tracking down some of these videos can be really helpful if you’re making a pump decision. Getting a user’s take on the device makes the whole thing very real, and takes away some of the mystery of these devices. Yes, you can simply go to an endocrinology clinic and hold this pump or that pump, which I’ve done before, but watching a user document the intricacies of an insulin pump is enlightening.
One of the videos I really appreciated was from a YouTuber who goes by the name diabeticteen. It’s a ten-minute video in which he provides an overview of all of the features of his Animas OneTouch Ping. Diabeticteen walks us through a reload of the reservoir, as well as lets us witness a site change. I don’t know about you, but user testimonies and user videos like these are way more helpful to me than the polished, overly produced videos on a pump manufacturer’s Web site.
Lastly in my search for the next great pump, I’ve read and reread a comment by Michael the Smart Pump Obsessive on an older blog entry, as well as contacted him via e-mail to get some more information.
After reading Michael’s commentary, as well as after researching what’s available to me, I’ve had much to think about with this whole pump transition process. I appreciate his and anyone else’s insight into their experience with insulin pumps. This is more of a bittersweet process than I thought it would be. Since I started wearing the Cozmo, I’ve found myself with pump envy when I see other people wearing their sleeker, more stylish pumps. I know, I know. That’s not what it’s about. But heck, the Cozmo, especially with the blood glucose meter piggybacking it, strikes me as bulky, cumbersome. I’ve grown to see it as ugly. Not so the Medtronic and Animas pumps (I won’t name a few of the other brands out there, but some of them are even uglier than the Cozmo).
In the end, however, it wasn’t about aesthetics. Not really. It’s about use, about what best fits my needs based on pump features, interface, all that good stuff. I decided on the Animas OneTouch Ping. I admit it’s a sexy little number. But what sold me was the wireless OneTouch Ping Meter-Remote. I am slightly geeked to be able to have the insulin pump remain in my pocket or clipped to my belt for the entirety of the day and not have to unravel tubing to test my glucose or dial in a meal bolus. Wireless remote! That’s very cool.
I ordered the silver one. My wife tried to convince me to go with hot pink, but in the end I decided on silver. (I’ve agreed that maybe at some point I’ll get a pink skin for the pump as an accessory!)
So, yeah. While I’m excited to be getting a new pump, it’s very much a tempered reaction. I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t be doing this when I go to the clinic in five or six weeks to pick up the new pump.
But, you never know.