WHAT PUMP IS THE ONE!?!?!
Holy Crap, how does someone go about this process? A dinner and a movie, a few causal phone calls, meeting the family, a slow and growing relationship that one day I will look back and realize we could not do this with out it. Or will I get that butterfly's in my tummy when it enters the room, and it will be love at first sight?
We just finished our first pre-pumping class and now we are taking the next steps to finding the ONE and phoning the pump reps in my area to scheduling a meeting.
But really how do we KNOW what is the best for Cara...How do we know it is "THE ONE"?
I have read many, many blogs about how In LOVE some D mama's are with their childs/childrens pumps I really hope I can find the ONE just as Tracy from My life with The Superhero and The Princess (The Ping) did and Hallie from The Princess and The Pump (One Touch Ping) or Meri from Our Diabetic Life (Medtronic) did or Laura from Houston We Have A Problem! (Omnipod) or Reyna from Beta Buddies (Animas) and of course Wendy from Candy Hearts (One Touch Ping)or Donna from The Sugar Kids Blog (Medtronic)I really hope it is that easy for us because I really can't add anything else to my running list of things to worry about in the middle of the night.
Here are our choices:
The MiniMed Paradigm Veo Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. The first insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system with automatic low glucose suspend. "Live More, Worry Less" :) We have already used the minimed for 2 weeks. It was the cgm system that we were using when Cara was having her very scary lows at night. So I know that we will feel a little more comfortable with it already and it may just be at the top of our list.
The Animas One Touch Ping The ping offers the smallest basal increments available...nice, it is water proof...nice and uses a remote for wireless unique capabilities...really nice. I really like the wireless option, Cara is go go go all the time and the one thing I hate is to have to stop her to inject insulin. So I know I will LOVE the wireless feature and it is a Very, VERY close second!!
Roche Accu-Chek Combo. The combo uses blue tooth technology giving you remote control over pump functionality just like the ping. However I honestly have not heard many people using the Combo. So as of right now it is at the end of our list but we will still be meeting with the rep because you never know. What works for one person may not work for another!!
Now the Omnipod This pump is the world's first tubing free insulin pump and is also marketed as water proof. The only problem with this system is that is not available in Canada...YET! I have hear through the D mama blogging grape vine that they are scheduled to launch in Canada by the end of march. Now I have sent an email to Omnipod because I'm unsure if I want to put my decisions on hold just for a while to wait for them to enter Canada? We have waited 2 years to pump and I don't want to rush into it without viewing ALL my/Cara's options. I would hate to have jumped into something and in the end wishing I had something else...does this sound familiar for any of you married ladies? :)
So next step is to call and schedule something with ALL the reps and hope that we FIND THE ONE without any struggle. I'm a love at first sight kinda girl!!
BTW all the links at the top are a great resource to read, learn and explore the different pumps. So go ahead start clicking!!