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.
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.