I'm hoping to get a pump soon and have been researching brands. All you pumpers out there have any opinions? What brand do you like best and why do you think it's best?

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Ive only had the one pump a Deltec Cozmo and its been so good for me. Also any time ive ever had trouble the company has been right there to help me 24 hours a day.I cant speak for other users but for me I will stick to my Cozmo.My life has gotttan so much more easy.I would give up my car before my pump.
Thanks so much Brad. I like the Cozmo a lot and that's the one I originally wanted but will take what I can get at this point. I really appreciate hearing about how the company always responds. Thanks for sharing what you think and I hope you have continued great luck with it.

Dave, thanks for that bit of news! What's up with them? I spoke with a company rep yesterday but nothing about that was said. Wow, I'm so glad you told me. Right now, I'm getting the most help from Medtronics. I was in bad need of some tips on getting the right numbers on my lab testing in order to qualify with Medicare and got that from them yesterday. What will Deltec do with all of you pumpers that have a Cozmo? Will they maintain a support staff? I hope no one has to suffer for this.
That is way cool Dave. Can the two of you hook up to one pump should the other go on the blink? hehe

That's really a good thing - that the two of you are using same model pump. Actually, the information I was so in need of concerning the C-Peptide test and how meds and food effects it, was given to me by a man with Medtronics and he really knew his stuff. He told me specifically what to do. I called 3 pump companies and figured the first one who helped me with labs would get the deal if I pass. Sound fair?
Hey Dave,
I remembered what that guy told me about C-Peptide lab values. They multiply the patient's value x 110%. So he said mine was actually 110 and not 1.0. I had thought I was only .2 away from a pump so that's why he explained this. This being said, mine needs to be almost as low as yours for me to qualify. Tough for a T-2 to not make anymore insulin than a T-1 so I don't think Medicare is being fair to patients who need pumps badly where other health reasons play a part. I will never maintain long term control without one. Just thought I'd share since my brain wasn't working last night.
hi karla,it is how your doctor and the pump company choose to write up your diagnosis and medical neccessary form,for medicare to pay for your pump.when i first got my pump i was making some insulin,but could not use it.about 5months later i was making very little.start in 1979 as type1 and years later type2 and now type 1.my endo dr stated that i was never type 2 in the ist place.by the way i wear minimed pump,very happy,been with them from the start.good luck
Karla, hopefully I can clarify on the lab value. Your c-peptide must be LOWER than 110% of the low value of the reference range on the lab report. Thus, if the lab's normal reference range for the c-peptide level is between 1.0 and 10.0, in order to qualify under Medicare, your c-peptide value must be less than 1.1 (110% of 1.0= 1.1). I hope this clarifies. Best of luck on your choice!
I was told, while fighting the C Peptide wars, that Medicare is the only insurer that has this requirement. I had been an insulin dependent diabetic for 51 years when I failed my first C Peptide test and was refused Medicares payment for my pump. Praise the LORD, two years later, I squeezed by.
I wrote this a day ago,I guess 24 hours later I need to take it back. Companys are in business for profit and they must not have been making one.I hope they continue to offer this great service until it will be time for a new pump.Cross my fingers.
Smiths is not manufacturing the Cozmo any longer... Sorry!!
Likewise...I have only had the Omnipod....chose it for the tubeless feature. People talk here about features that their pumps have. I am not pump savvy enough to know all the features I might be missing out on, I only know this is working great for me and have had easy dealings with insurance and manufacturer.

Karla...there has been lots of similar discussion. If you reseach the past blogs a bit, I'd think you'd find lots that would be of interest to you. Good luck.




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