I love Medtronic and am extremely pleased with their products overall so I decided to start their new system. I worked closely with my endo, CDE and medtronic rep to get the ball rolling on this new pump. I've been on it for about two weeks now and I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts about it.
DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING I'M ABOUT TO SHARE ARE MY OWN OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS. I AM NOT BEING PAID, NOR DID MEDTRONIC ASK ME TO POST ABOUT THIS. I AM DOING IT ALL ON MY OWN.
The things I like about this system:
- Not much changed as far as how to work the pump is concerned. I didn't have to learn a lot about working the actual pump itself because its pretty much the same.
- The threshold suspend feature is amazing.
- I love that I have the option to either let my pump suspend or restart the basal. You are not required to have the pump suspended for two hours. That was my biggest concern.
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE the message that pops up on the screen when the pump goes into threshold suspend mode. It says something like "I have diabetes, call for emergency assistance. To clear ESC then ACT." That's freaking amazing. Since the pump will alert nonstop, it is likely that someone will be able to help/get help for a person that is unresponsive and wearing this pump. Seriously, amazing.
- The accuracy has been improved quite a bit.
- The sensor is FDA approved for 6 days instead of 3.
- While the accuracy has improved tremendously, its still not what I want it to be. It took about four hours after the initial calibration for the sensor values to be even remotely close to my meter readings. That's a bummer.
- The cannula for the senor is smaller (not as long), which is a plus, but kind of annoying. It's so much easier for me to sit the wrong way or move in the wrong direction and the sensor will fall right out. They're way too expensive to be wasted.
- The insertion process is a bit of a hassle and the insertion device looks like some sort of robot contraption-like machine. It's weird, dude,
All in all, I am very pleased. I am looking forward to all the things Medtronic will offer in the future and I am extremely grateful for the technological advances that are poking their heads out at all of us, making diabetes that much more manageable every day.