It is with some sadness that I am putting away Ben’s trusted Medtronic pump and starting over again with Animas. I’ll miss some very user friendly features of the pump. For instance, it was news to me that Medtronic has a patent on the very easy step of just accepting what the bolus wizard calculates instead of having to manually enter the value (kind of a dickhead move, but whatever, that’s business). From a brief perusal of the instructions for the new Vibe there seems to be a workaround in which you press an up arrow, and all is good. (?) Will miss customer service as well.
Won’t miss crappy battery life of recently replaced Medtronic pump. We were cruising along fine for years, but the shiny new one we just got would die so quickly. And so dramatically. Wailing about the battery being out. Demanding all settings be reset. I learned about this the hard way- after trouble shooting a week of lows and finding that the school nurse changed the battery but not in less than a second, so the pump reset, and she re-entered the time and date, inverting AM and PM. Good times. I found, for us, basal rates matter.
Not my problem anymore. I have the Animas Vibe! What does this mean?? Well, waterproof in time for summer! And integration with Dexcom. This is huge. Since getting the Dexcom in December, I’ve been sending Ben off to school with the receiver shoved in his pocket, and I felt like I was sending a five year-old off on a windy day with hundred dollar bills taped to his body. No longer!
The Vibe utilizes an older algorithm than the latest version of Dexcom apparently, so values might not match up with the current receiver, but I’m ok with that.
Old Dexcom algorithm= better than guessing BG.
And expensive receiver stays on my bedside table where it earns its keep night after night.
What I am most curious about is if insulin delivery will change. Surely there is a variation in force.
Will this change things?
JK, I don’t understand fluid dynamics. But I want to. No, I want my pump manufacturers to. I want people “closing the loop” to take a big step back and demand we get optimal insulin delivery. What is the point otherwise? Our best bet right now for closed loop delivery is Bigfoot Biomedical. (I guess I love all things Bigfoot.) I want to talk to them. Have they ever had their best efforts undermined by a crappy site? Do they change infusion sites every 24 hours or something crazy like that? They’ve got a former Medtronic guy on their team…. Forget it. I’m going to talk to the animal people. (I decided this after talking with a friend who is designing sensors and software to find out when dairy cows are getting amorous.) I’m actually kind of pissed that this whole new insulin pump I just bought has the EXACT same infusion sites as the old pump. That’s just lazy. Get to work people.
At any rate, Animas will be relieving Medtronic in a few days. Will keep you posted.