First Week With New Pump

Eight days ago I made the switch from using a Deltec Cozmo insulin pump to the Animas OneTouch Ping. Overall I’d have to say that I like the Animas. Those of you who are deciding on what type of pump to use or contemplating making a switch to a different pump from the Cozmo (since Smiths Medical has ceased manufacture of the Deltec Cozmo), you may ask: Do I like it more than the Cozmo? That’s a tough question, and one I’m going to explore in blog entries over the next few weeks as I spend more time with the Animas.


In short, though, for this week’s entry: No, at first I wasn’t taken by the Animas OneTouch Ping. Aesthetically, yes. I mean, I find the design of the Animas so much more appealing than the Cozmo; in fact, I grew to hate the look of the Cozmo. I’m not sure why, exactly, but it struck me as quite bulky; when it was coupled with its blood glucose monitor, which piggybacked the pump, I would think, “This thing looks dumpy.”

Yes, I’m somewhat shallow. So what?

I also despised the vibrate notification system on the Cozmo. No, not the fact that it notified me; that I liked. I grew weary of the way it vibrated. (Does anyone actually use the audible notification function instead of the vibration? I mean, it might be nicer, but if you spend any time around other people, it has to be completely obnoxious!) My old pump vibrate-notified too quickly, and for too long. When it reminded me to check my blood glucose two hours after a meal, eight short vibrating shocks pulsed out against my side or against my thigh depending upon whether it was attached to my belt or in my pocket. Then inside of a minute, eight more bursts, and so on until I interacted with it.

I began to anticipate these notifications, and not really in a healthy, responsible way that a person with diabetes should think about checking blood glucose. For instance, if I was dozing on a Sunday afternoon, or if I’d gone to bed and forgotten to check my blood glucose, I lay there with dread and tried to figure out which was worse: expending the energy to either reach in my pocket and turn off the upcoming notification; expending the energy to actually get up and go check my blood glucose; or continuing to lay there and wait until the pump woke and told me it was time, at which point my pulse kicked up a few beats when I felt the vibrating barrage begin.

Seriously. My blood pressure goes up a bit remembering that aspect of the Cozmo.

So, on the vibration front, I’m happy with the Ping. I know that’s one small part of it, but you’ll have to give me a few more entries (and some more time with the new pump) to better evaluate what I like and don’t like. I will leave you with one gripe about the Animas pump that I just discovered: I bolused for my breakfast, and to do this I used the meter-remote. Then I got up and went to do something in the other room. On my hip I felt the (more inviting, if that makes sense) vibration from the pump. Why? I wondered. Then I read the display: I’d walked out of range of the meter-remote. Well, I don’t like that. I don’t like that at all. It isn’t a huge burden, but I’ll have to remember to keep that meter with me for a few minutes after I bolus from now on, because the bolus was cancelled, and I had to load in another bolus to complete the darn thing.

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  • Mike Romm

    I’ve used the Medtronics insulin pump for years, it was the one recommended by my endocrinologist and also is authorized by my insurance company. Because I am very brittle I think the pump has saved my life. I was originally on an older model of the pump but was upgraded to the newer 700 series. Now they even have a even more advanced product. The pump I have now is far more advanced than my old pump. It has many features that I use quite often like the bolus wizard and the temp. bolus rate. I have had strokes and quite honestly my handwriting is unreadable to me and I also forget quite often. With the bolus wizard I don’t have to figure out how much insulin to take, my sensativity to insulin, or for that matter how much insulin is still active in my body. The temp basil rate allows me to set the rate at 0% when I walk or go food shopping and just in case I forgot to turn it back on it automatically turns itself back to 100% after the time I select. Best of all is the CGM system. It is wireless and is already built into the pump. Although I am not thrilled by the system used all there is a small sensor and a small transmitter that is about the size of a quarter. It warns me of hi’s and lo’s which can be set differently at different times of the day. They also have Carelink which allows me to download my pump readings to a central site and my doctor’s office can then download the info and make suggestions as to adjustments to my pump. Also, every time I go to my endocrinologist they download my pump and instantly get the reports needed by them to see how I’m doing. OK. I’ve said my peace.

  • David Albrand

    I also have the Animas Ping. Generally it is a good machine, but the following are things that are not optimal. The meter/remote is nice, but the digits are displayed upon entry far too quickly. You go 1-2-50-100. The meter needs to have a more linear system that responds appropriately. The capacity of the meter is also small for those who require a bit more insulin, like myself. Downloading data is not easy, since they do not support Windows 7.

  • BK CDE

    To me, the real advantage of Animas Ping was the clinical support staff of Animas. Top notch.

  • misskitty3

    I have the 522 medtronic insulin pump. My eno recommended it. After all the settings are in place, It’s a no-brainer. All I have to fo is input the carbs and the pump gives me an insulin estimate, that I usually go for.
    The pump tells me how much insulin is in my body. Eliminates “insulin stacking” with vial & syringe.
    I too use the vibrate function because I couldn’t hear the beeps but everyone could.I have mine set to do a BG check every 2 hours. My endolikes that.
    Well, Eric can’t wait to hear your thought on your new pump. Soldier one!

  • Deb

    I would like your take on using an endocrinologist as opposed to continuing to be monitored by my nurse practitioner. I live in a small town at least 50 miles from an endo.