I have been pumping insulin for over 20 years. Started with Medtronic, then Omnipod and now trying Animas Vibe. I would NEVER get the vibe again. I have a stand alone dexcom G4 that I love. I thought I would like having the built in CGM in the pump, but it has not worked out like I thought for the following reasons. 1. The algarhythm (sp?) is older in the pump cgm, causing different readings sometimes. 2. The Vibe beeps/vibrates at me and won't shut up, especially in the night when I am sleeping (I have treated the bs problem, but it continues to annoy me when I just need more time for bs to get corrected.
It is a lot more inconvenient to look at, clipped on my waistband, than the free standing one.
It also beeps/vibrates when blood sugar is rising or falling too quickly--even though it evens out for me and no action is needed.
I no longer use the CGM feature on the pump now--using only the freestanding Dexcom.
And considering going back to Omnipod--not impressed with Animas like I thought I would be.
Some data (paid for by Animas) showed it to be more reliable on dosing than Omnipod, but I've seen no improvement in blood sugars, so not sure that is the problem.
Also, if you mess up your set--accidently catch it on clothing, etc., it doesn't look like Animas is too prone to replace it--I told them I messed up a set due to new user error on pulling out the introducer needle, and they said they would replace it THIS time...
The Omnipod is more user friendly, IMO, and you can see your corrections to high BS very easily, and your total history for days, by a touch of a button, and that's not available on the Animas.
I am also finding that there aren't as many places on my body to apply the Animas sets, due to the difficulty in being able to see the set to pull out introducer needle--on your back, etc. Omnipods can be slapped on anywhere since there is no introducer needle. I'm older, but extremely active. I play competitive tennis 3-4 times a week.
I am trying to be patient and continue with this pump, as there is a learning curve for any new pump, but I've never had a new pump experience as frustrating as this has been for me.
On another note, My cousin's son has had an Animas ping as his first pump and loves it.
I hope the trials and tribulations that I've had at least help you make an informed decision. Obviously, there are lots of happy Animas pumpers out there.
And Obviously, the jury is still out for me.
So, I may have a Animas Vibe to sell, if that's even possible, we will see.
Good luck in your decision. I do love the Dexcom CGM G4--had it for 3 years and can't
imagine life without it now! The G4 transmitter battery life will die slowly, while the G5 just stops. I confirmed this with the Dexcom rep. I believe the G4 lasts for 6 months and the G5 is
90 days if I recall--price is about half for the G5 vs G4.