Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Recent Diabetes Decision

"Hey mom, I have something I want to talk over with you."

For some reason I default to my mom when I have Diabetes related decisions to make. She is logical, Diabetes knowledgeable and easy to talk to. And after mulling over the pros and cons of "upgrading" (you'll see why I used quotation marks there later) I decided to call her and discuss. 

The pump in question: "upgrading" from the Animas Ping to the recently-FDA-approved Animas Vibe System. Currently, I use an Animas One Touch Ping insulin pump combined with a Dexcom G4 system (recently upgraded with the new 505 software). This means I have two "devices" (pump + CGM receiver) and two sites (things stuck to my skin, inserted with needles, yuck). The new Animas Vibe system combines the pump and CGM receiver into one unit while still requiring separate "sites". I put together a little graphic showing the pros/cons of each system that were most important to me. 


This may sound dumb, but the biggest issues I saw with the new Animas Vibe system were (1) no remote receiver (other than the Dexcom receiver I already have, both the pump and Dexcom receiver can be active at the same time), and (2) no ability to upgrade to Dexcom's new CGM software algorithm. I normally wear my insulin pump "hidden" under clothes, so the new system really provides no benefit when the CGM data is not easily accessed. I will admit I miss the "smart" bolus feature (I don't know if that's the right terminology) from my Medtronic pump, but having it available on the Vibe system is not enough to sway me.

Much to my Diabetes Educator's dismay, I have decided to stick the Animas One Touch Ping course until my warranty runs out (about 2 more years), hopefully there will be advancements in that time that give me reason to switch to a different system. Also, I'm still dying for a CGM watch, just saying.