I've narrowed down my choices to two, the medtronic paradigm and the one touch ping
My background: been a type 1 diabetic for 16 years and I had a medtronic pump about 14 years back for about a year. I loved the control I had when using the pump but w/o insurance, the supplies just got too expensive for my parents.
I work as a programmer all day long and one of the biggest things I want is to be able to bolus discreetly. I was really intrigued with the one touch ping's meter remote but after getting a demo from one of their reps, I saw the meter itself and it felt like i was downgrading my meter (I just recently switched to a verio IQ about 9 months back and have love love loved it!). After telling this to the rep, she told me that she heard that animas's next pump was going to most likely use the verio IQ (I took this with a grain of salt because I know she really wants me to commit though I hope this to be true).
Given that, if I want to keep using the verio IQ, the one touch ping's meter remote kinda loses it's advantage (reluctant to carry two meters around though it's not out of the question).
The minus with the one touch ping for me was the 200 unit reservoir. I currently consume about 80-100 units of insulin daily (40 lantus, 40-60 apidra as needed). Given that, it'd throw the cycle of changing equipment out of sync. Every 3 days for the infusion set (from what I was told) and about every 2 days for the reservoir. The paradigm has a 300 unit reservoir as you know which is signifcantly bigger. Has anyone been in a similar situation and if so, do you eventually get used to the changes being out of sync?
Otherwise, the rest of the features seem about the same for me. I do like the one touch ping being water proof but it's not a deal breaker. I figure if I can keep my cell phone dry, i can do the same with my pump.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! :)
Minimed is a great product. However, be weary of the customer service. See my previous posts for more information. My main concern after the initial cost would be if you have a balance for them for supplies.. they won't make payment arrangements with you unless it is over 300.00. That is the official policy at least. Who really wants to raise hell every time you call though. You may not have to worry about balances due though(depends on your individual situation). Animas from my dealings with them way better customer service. Alas, the reservoir is only 200 units.
I'm part of my APWU's diabetes management program so luckily they cover the cost of all my medication/supplies 100%. No out of pocket expenses at all. But that's good to know about medtronic's customer service.
If I were you, I would choose the Medtronic if only because of it's larger reservoir. I have a Minimed Revel pump and LOVE IT. Had it for 2 years now and it has been very reliable. These pumps seem a bit tougher (IMO), and that's why I went with a Minimed. I also love the simple menu structure. I find that even without a remote, I am still able to bolus pretty discretely. Most people never even notice what I'm doing.
When you get the pump, check out the EZbolus so you can bolus discreetly.
Why worry about doing it discreetly? I take my pump off my belt put where i can see it and use it.. I don't flash it but I don't worry of someone sees it.