We fired up my daughter's new insulin pump over the weekend.
Our four year warranty was up and, while the pump still worked, its appearance led us to believe it might be living on borrowed time:
The screen protector was peeling off.
And so was the paint.
It was still effectively giving insulin, but the idea of having no warranty was making us nervous.
We've had very few issues with Animas pumps over the past 12 years, but when we have, having one under warranty has unfailingly led to an overnight replacement.
That's hugely reassuring, especially considering how long it took to order a new one from scratch.
Granted this wasn't an emergency since my daughter's pump was still perfectly operational, but it took about six weeks between my first call to inquire about a replacement and its arrival on our doorstep. The process began with two different phone calls with questions for me, then doctor's orders, insurance authorization (which was the longest process), another phone call to discuss our copayment and the shipping details, and then actually getting it shipped out.
The possibility of reverting to multiple daily injections for even a fraction of that time is not appealing to us.
The new pump is silver, and sparkly all over, with no chipped paint. The screen protector is intact and clean.