What We Know

My daughter got a new pump a couple of weeks ago. It's her fourth Animas pump.

We know there are other options out there. The new Medtronic pump with it's built-in glucose-responsive CGM technology is by far the closest to the ultimate goal of a closed-loop system. The slim and durable Tandem has some nice user-friendly touchscreen and Bluetooth features. The tubeless Omnipod would be convenient with exercise clothes and on the beach.

We briefly considered all of the options.

In the end we decided not to undertake the challenge of learning to use a whole new insulin delivery system. We decided to stick with what we know.

My daughter has been attached to an Animas pump since fall 2004, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's as close to a part of her body as an electronic device can be. Replacing it with a new brand of pump would, we think, require an extraordinary amount of learning, thinking and adjustment. Which seems unnecessary since we're perfectly happy with the results we've had.
We use several of Animas' unique features to our advantage. My kid has very low basal rates during certain parts of the day, so the tiny basal adjustment increments the pump offers are great for really fine-tuning her doses. The meter remote is a huge quality-of-life feature because it allows my daughter to program a bolus without extracting her pump from underneath a dress or a marching band uniform.  We have a good feel for the current insulin-on-board set-up, and for how the bolus calculator takes her blood sugar into account so that we can easily factor that knowledge into dosing decisions. We've rarely had problems with our pumps but when we have, we've consistently had good experiences with Animas' customer service department. After 12 years of the same pump I'm able to do site changes, battery swaps, and cartridge changes under almost any circumstances. My kid can program a bolus and have a conversation or keep an eye on the baseball game at the same time. Using this pump has become second nature.
In four years, or maybe sooner, our decision making process may be different. There could be some amazing new technology on the market by then, like an honest-to-goodness artificial pancreas or at least something much, much closer than the current options. For that we would certainly switch brands and learn something completely new. Until then we'll stick with what we know.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad she found a new pump. I think we tend to go with what we are currently using. Nothing wrong with that.


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