OK here it is "the list"
this is the way I make decisions, this is a little peak inside my head...ENJOY!!
We are right smack dab in the middle of making a decision on what pump to go with. I thought that it might help if I "talked" this through with all of you.
First a little background:
We live in Ontario and our government covers the cost of insulin pumps (wonderful and thankfully) but only pumps not CGM's. Next we do not have any extra coverage, we are both self employed and EVERYTHING is out of pocket. Therefore payment of the CGM are really out of our budget and not something that we can do every day for as long as Cara will be pumping as of right now. A year of CGM's would cost us anywhere from $1300 if we were able to stretch every CGM to the max to $2600 or more if used as recommended without taxes. This plus all our other type 1 cost and it just blows our budget. Next the Omnipod is soon to arrive here in Canada however there is no assigned dates to it's arrival. So we are still debating if this is something worth waiting for. If we decided to go with Animas I think that we would take the time to see Omnipod, just to cover all our bases. However if we go with the Medtronic Veo it will be because it has something that neither the Animas or Omnipod has to offer an integrated CGM.
So that means we are looking at the Medtronic Veo or the Animas Ping.
The Veo is an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system all in one with an automatic low glucose suspend. Which means the pump stop the flow of insulin if it senses or calculates a low coming which is absolutely wonderful... plus, plus, plus!! However, remember I mentioned that we do not have coverage therefore the CGM would be off the table for us because it is just too expensive for every day use. However if we went with the Veo we would have the option to use the CGM whenever the chance arose or if our work or money situation changed. So that is a plus for the Veo, having that low glucose suspend is always a plus.
The Ping does not have an integrated CGM however they are said to be in talks and soon to be coming out with an integrated dexcom in the next Ping. However again if we went with Ping right now and wanted to upgrade to the new integrated one with the CGM it would cost us an upgrade fee, plus the money for the GGM sensors. So a negative for the Ping.
Now the Ping has a great coloured screen, cute! But the real plus with the Ping is the remote meter that can work the pump. A plus during nights when I just don't want to dig out the pump to bolus or even to bolus at meal times, I can really see us using it. I like that idea! I also like the proven waterproof...would Cara swim or play in the water with the pump on?? I'm not sure, maybe that is something that I would ask the Ping users our there!!
Do you Ping users wear your pumps in the water when swimming or rough housing in the water? Remember Cara is 5 and she is not going to be lying still on a floating chair catching some rays, she will be playing and jumping all over the place!!
Anyways, so water proof maybe a plus, colour screen, cute but really nothing to base an important decision on and a remote, defiantly a big plus for the Ping.
The Veo we have used before for a few weeks when Cara was hooked up to the CGM. We liked the menu, it was easy to understand and it also lit up at night, so a plus. That was nice! The one thing that I loved about the Veo was Care link. Care link allows patients to quickly and easily upload data from their Veo to a secure online database. It's super easy and allows the Endo docs and nurses to see what is going on without stepping foot into the office. That was great!! However if your not using the CGM this wonderful piece of technology and a huge plus for the Medtronic Veo is irrelevant.
The Medtronic Veo comes with 3 meters that "talks" to the pump free of charge. So we could have a meter at home, at school and in our to-go bag and not have to worry about missing information it would all be stored on the pump. The Ping comes with only the one meter that also "talks" to the pump but you are also able to work the pump with the meter. However you lose that and your paying for another one. However we have NEVER lost a meter before!!
Both meters for the Veo and the Ping I really don't like the looks of...they are ugly!! so no marks for design of the meters but I think I like the look of the Medtronic Veo over the Animas Ping. I like were the buttons are located on the Veo a little bit more. The up and down arrow by themselves and the act button off to the side. On the Animas the up and down arrow are aliened with the OK button and I just don't like that.
So anyone counting??
I'm just stuck! Some options are much more important to me then others and if we were going with the CGM hands down we would be using the Medtronic Veo. I would sign us up right now but I'm not sure how many times we could afford to use the CGM.
I do like one over the other and I really do think that I'm very close to my final decision. Cara is really NO HELP, she likes the pink one...well they both come in pink!
So go ahead DOC please post your comments about your pump and what you love it. I know you all love your pumps BUT please no bashing of other pumps and other's decisions. I know this is very personal to all of us!